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Skin cells tell their story in Edinburgh Science Festival

July 2021  Sara has been working with visual artist Beverley Hood for several years now, bringing fresh and exciting new ways to communicate skin science. This latest exhibition of Bev’s work forms part of a contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science. Inspired by work she observed in the Brown research […]

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Visiting Researcher Kim Robinson from Singapore

June 2021  We are delighted to welcome Kim from Franklin Zhong’s group in the Skin Research Institute of Singapore. Kim is a very experienced postdoctoral researcher and she is visiting the Brown Lab for 6 months’ collaborative work looking at the effects of genetic variants on skin response to UV light, and contributing to further […]

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Welcome to Luke as a postdoctoral research fellow

June 2021  We are very happy to welcome Luke Johnston who joins the Brown Lab as a postdoctoral research fellow. Luke has trained in Liverpool, Edinburgh and Belfast before returning to Edinburgh 🙂 Skin research is a new field for him, but Luke brings expertise in organoid modelling, cell biology and molecular genetics, so he […]

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Welcome to Mona, Brown Lab research technician

April 2021  We are very happy to welcome Mona Etorban who has joined the Brown Lab as a research technician. She is being trained by Martina and is already getting to know the keratinocytes …

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Publications

BEEP study published in The Lancet

January 2020  The Brown Lab provided genetic expertise for the DNA analysis of samples from children taking part in the BEEP study – Barrier Enhancement for Eczema Prevention – to test whether emollients used from soon after birth could help to prevent eczema. Unfortunately this wonderfully cheap, simple intervention proved ineffective (and a parallel paper […]

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Sheila retires after many years of contribution to science research

July 2020  At the end of July, we said ‘farewell’ to Sheila, our brilliant lab technician, as she left the Brown Lab. Exciting travel plans are currently on hold, but we wish Sheila a very happy and fulfilling retirement.

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Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship

August 2020  In August 2020 Sara was awarded a renewal of her Wellcome Senior Research Fellowship. This highly competitive and prestigious award provides substantial funding for the lab to grow and develop over the next 5 years. We will continue to pursue more challenging and important questions in eczema genetic research, using the skin organoid […]

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The Brown Lab is on the move…

October 2020  Sara has accepted a position as Chair of Dermatology at the University of Edinburgh – a great opportunity to join other world-leading genetics research groups in the Centre for Genomic and Experimental Medicine within the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine. The Brown Lab will be re-locating in December 2020.

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COVID-19 impact on the lab

March-July 2020  Our labs closed in response to the COVID-19 lockdown and bench work was put on hold. Sara volunteered to work fulltime for NHS Tayside in Ninewells Hospital whilst the rest of the group continued to work from home where possible. In July we were delighted to gradually get back to work in the […]

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Public Engagement

‘Seven Myths and Truths About Healthy Skin’ becomes the most read TC article

August 2019   The Conversation article ‘Seven Myths and Truths About Healthy Skin’ becomes the most read TC article released from the University of Dundee to date – over 360,000 reads worldwide – and it is translated into Spanish ‘Mitos y realidades sobre la salud de la piel’.