Meet the Director

Professor Martin Steinhoff

Professor Martin Steinhoff is appointed to the Professorial Chair of Dermatology and as Director of UCD Charles Institute of Dermatology in University College Dublin following an international selection process. He joins UCD from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) where he held the position of Professor in Residence in the Departments of Dermatology and Surgery.

His vision is to establish the UCD Charles Institute and clinic as a centre of excellence for translational dermatology research. This will enable PhD students to expand their basic science to applied human research and to test their hypotheses in human disease. MD students will be able to do basic science and achieve a PhD degree by exploring the exiting world of science.

Another goal of the UCD Charles Institute together with the dermatology university clinics and the UCD Clinical Research Centre is to develop new treatments and to perform innovative clinical trials for patients with recalcitrant skin diseases.


Professor Steinhoff received his MD and MSc as well as PhD from the University of Marburg, Germany. In 2002, he became Assistant Professor of Dermatology at the University of Muenster, rising from assistant professor to full professor in only 6 years. He has board certifications in dermatology, venerology, phlebology and allergy from Germany, and in dermatology from the California Medical Board. Prof Steinhoff received several prestigious scientific awards for his research in Germany. To date, his group has published more than 200 articles, reviews and book chapters spanning basic science as well as clinical dermatology. 

Prof Steinhoff is an established laboratory scientist who studies the substances and their receptors that cause inflammation, autoimmune disease or cancer of the skin. Beside general dermatology as a whole, his fields of clinical interests are eczema/itch, rosacea/acne, hives (urticaria) and wound healing (ulcers). He also performs and teaches sclerotherapy and foam sclerozation for the treatment or prevention of ulcers. He has run university consultative clinics for general dermatology, in-patient clinics, a day care unit and ulcer/phlebology clinic for these conditions in Germany for almost a decade. 

Prof Steinhoff moved to the United States in January 2009 when he was appointed to the UCSF Departments of Dermatology and Surgery. Besides general dermatology, Prof Steinhoff established large clinics for itch/eczema as well as rosacea; two frequently occurring dermatological diseases with substantial impact on patient quality of life. He also established a successful NIH-funded research group for neuroimmunology. Prof Steinhoff is also principal investigator of various clinical trials, some of them based on his basic research results. 

Prof Steinhoff started his position as Professorial Chair of Dermatology and Director of the UCD Charles Institute at University College Dublin in January 2014.

Clinical Specialties

  • Pruritus
  • Atopic dermatitis and eczema
  • Rosacea/Acne
  • Urticaria

Research Interests

  • Neuroimmunology
  • Neuromedicine
  • Neurogenic inflammation
  • G protein-coupled receptor biology
  • Allergy/Atopy
  • Fibrosis/Scleroderma

Contact Details

Martin Steinhoff, M.D., Ph.D., M.Sc.

Professor of Dermatology and
UCD Charles Institute
University College Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland