University of Edinburgh

The University of Edinburgh is one of the world’s top research-intensive universities, ranked 4th in the UK for research power (Times Higher Education's REF power ratings); 90% of Edinburgh’s research activity is classified as world leading or internationally excellent (2021 Research Excellence Framework). Sara Brown is one of the leading clinical academic dermatologists in the UK. She trained in Edinburgh, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Dublin (Ireland) and Dundee (Scotland); she was promoted to Professor of Molecular and Genetic Dermatology in 2015 and has been Chair of Dermatology in Edinburgh since 2020. Sara holds a prestigious Welcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship, awarded as recognition of her track record in skin genetics and translational research, focussed on AD. Her expertise includes clinical care of adult and paediatric patients with severe eczema, molecular genetics and genetic epidemiology.

Role within BIOMAP

The University of Edinburgh provides the infrastructure for active collaboration in clinical translational work, including state-of-the-art clinical research facilities, leading health informatics and expertise in molecular and genetic analyses. Specifically for the benefit of BIOMAP, Prof. Brown and her team will provide expertise in statistical genetic analysis and interpretation, gene-environment interaction analysis and data sharing including single molecule RNA sequencing of atopic skin and global mass spec proteomics data from skin organotypic models.