In the Charles we have capacity for approx. 70 research scientists at all levels of their development, and we are a multi-disciplinary centre engaged in the study of skin in both health and disease states, with focus on genetics, immunology/ inflammation, wound-healing, cancer, and pigmentation science. We use innovative technologies (transcriptomics, proteomics, interactomics, metabolomics etc.) to complement state-of-the-art imaging, molecular and cellular biology approaches. Together, we aim to make meaningful advances in our understanding of how the skin, our body's largest organ, can be maintained in a healthy state and how diseases of the skin may be tackled for patient benefit.

The Charles Institute provides state of the art research facilities to support interdisciplinary research activities. Two large open-plan laboratories, each with an adjacent instrument room, provide bench space for up to seventy researchers. These laboratories are equipped with general and high-specification equipment reflecting the interests of the research groups in molecular and cell biology and polymer chemistry.

UCD Charles Institute has access to a suite of core technology platforms in the adjacent UCD Conway Institute of Biomolecular & Biomedical Research. The UCD Conway core technologies programme is one of the most comprehensive and advanced analysis platforms for the life sciences and biomedical research in Ireland. Utilising advanced core technology expertise and equipment in areas such as genomics, proteomics, imaging and flow cytometry enables a wide range of data driven experimentation and underpins dermatology research activities.

Thematic Areas

We have 8 thematic areas that our research falls under.


There are 21 active research projects in the Charles Institute of Dermatology.

Research Facilities & Technologies

We provide state of the art research facilities to support interdisciplinary research activities.

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