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Professor Lesley Rhodes (BSc, MD, FRCP, FRSB) - personal details

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Professor Lesley Rhodes

Role: Professor of Experimental Dermatology

Tel: +44 (0)161 206 1150 University


Institute of Inflammation and Repair
University of Manchester
Photobiology Unit, Dermatology Centre
Salford Royal Foundation Trust
Manchester, M6 8HD

Institute of Inflammation and Repair website
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust website

Fax: +44 (0) 161 206 1156

Telephone: +44 (0) 161 206 1128 Clinical




Lesley Rhodes is Professor of Experimental Dermatology, Director of the Photobiology Unit and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist at the University of Manchester and Salford Royal Hospital , Manchester.  Current appointments include President, European Society for Photobiology; Board member, NICE Public Health Advisory Committee: Sunlight exposures: benefits & risks; Board member, Public Health England (Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation); Emeritus Editor Photoderm, Photoimmunol, Photomed; Board of the USA Photomedicine Society.  Previously Lead for Epidemiology, Education and Prevention, NCRI Melanoma Clinical Studies Group; Leader, Dermatological Sciences Research Group, University of Manchester; Chair, UK Skin Cancer Working Party; Chair, British Photodermatology Group and Associate Editor, Photochem Photobiol Sci.  She obtained her medical degree in London and her clinical and research training in Dermatology at the Royal Liverpool University Hospitals and University of Liverpool, and the Wellman Laboratories of Photomedicine, Boston, USA. She runs a supra-regional diagnostic service in photosensitivity disorders and  photodynamic therapy for skin cancer treatment. Her research programme focuses on the mechanisms of visible and ultraviolet radiation effects on the skin, including inflammation, vitamin D synthesis, photodynamic therapy, photosensitivity disorders and the development of photoprotection including dietary and hormonal measures. She has >150 publications with >110 original manuscripts and >40 commentaries, reviews and book chapters.  Research funding includes BBSRC, Cancer Research UK, Association for International Cancer Research, The Wellcome Trust, Department of Health and the European Union.

Memberships of Committees and Professional Bodies


  • President, European Society for Photobiology
  • Board, Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation, Public Health England
  • NICE Public Health Advisory Committee: Sunlight exposures: benefits & risks
  • Cancer Research UK, Skin Cancer Prevention Advisory Board
  • Board, USA Photomedicine Society
  • Emeritus Editor, Photodermatology Photoimmunology Photomedicine
  • Scientific Advisory Board, International Photodynamic Association
  • Member of British Association of Dermatologists, British Photodermatology Group, British Society of Investigative Dermatology, European Society for Dermatological Research, European Academy of Dermatovenereology, European Platform for Photodynamic Medicine, American Society for Photobiology, International Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, USA Photomedicine Society, International Photodynamic Association.


  • Lead for Epidemiology, Education and Prevention, NCRI Melanoma Clinical Studies Group
  • President-Elect, European Society for Photobiology
  • Secretary, European Society for Photobiology
  • Chair, UK Skin Cancer Working Party
  • Chair, British Photodermatology Group
  • Committee, British Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Associate Editor, Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
  • Co-Editor, Photodermatology, Photoimmunology, Photomedicine



BSc 1st Class Honours. Basic Medical Sciences/Physical Anthropology, University College, London

AKC Associateship of Kings College, Kings College, London

MB BS Kings College London & Kings College Hospital Medical School

MD "Mechanisms of UVB-induced erythema", University of Liverpool




Professor of Experimental Dermatology, Honorary Consultant Dermatologist, Director of the Photobiology Unit.


  • Development of electronic dermatology undergraduate education
  • Undergraduate Education Academic Advisor
  • Postgraduate degree supervisor
  • Educational Supervisor - research project options