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Dr Gill Westgate

PositionBusiness Development Manager
LocationRoom H39, Richmond Building
DepartmentSchool of Chemistry and Biosciences
RKT CentreCentre for Skin Sciences
Telephone+44 (0) 7736 679770
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Research Interests (key words only)

Innovation in skin therapeutics; biology of the hair follicle, hair cycle and male and female pattern hair loss; curly hair; photo-biomodulation and development of biophysical devices for personal care

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

Lecturer and Module leader of module "Innovation in the life sciences - from concept to market place" in the new Skin Science and Regenerative Medicine MSc starting September 2016. Details can be found here

Occasional lecturer to MSc students internally and externally on hair biology and hair diseases. 

Administrative Responsibilities

Research and Business Development and Commercial Support for staff in Research Centres and Institutes


Gill has a PhD in hair biology with over 30 years’ experience in R&D in the personal care sector. Following a long career in Unilever and establishing her own consultancy, Gill joined the University of Bradford, Centre for Skin Sciences in 2009 and has since developed projects with numerous large and small companies in this sector. Gill is Past President of the European Hair Research Society.

Study History

  • University of Edinburgh, BSc Hons Biochemistry, 1981
  • University of Utrecht, PhD. Regulation of Hair Growth and Cycling; 1997
  • Unilever Research 1981-2002

Professional Activities

  • Business Development Manager for Centre for Skin Sciences
  • Immediate Past President of the European Hair Research Society (EHRS) (2011-2014)
  • Member of membership committee EHRS (2014-
  • Member of International Scientific Advisory Board for the 9th World Congress of Hair Research, 2015, Florida, USA
  • Member of Society for Investigative Dermatology
  • Member British Society for Investigative Dermatology

Reviewer on several peer review journals including:

  • Journal of Investigative Dermatology
  • British Journal of Dermatology
  • Experimental Dermatology
  • Dermatolgy and Therapy
  • Dermatology
  • F1000 Open Access Reviews
  • Cosmetics

Research Areas

Areas of Expertise

  • Specialist in the skin and hair sciences; hair biology; experimental models
  • Direct experience in technical translation of science to products within the personal care sector.
  • Consultant to industry and very well known in the field of hair biology.
  • Knowledge transfer and building relationships between industry and academia
  • Lecturer and course moderator on external hair and scalp biology training courses for professionals in the personal care industry


Director of YCF Ltd and responsible for development of Cosmetics Cluster UK, a new Personal Care Cluster


Publications can be accessed from Bradford Scholars. Please search for Westgate Gillian E

Westgate GE, Ginger RS, Green MR.

The biology and genetics of curly hair

Exp Dermatol. 2017;26:483–490.


Westgate GE.

In search of hair damage using metabolomics?

Exp Dermatol. 2016 Jun 16. doi: 10.1111/exd.13117. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27306139.


Noordam R, Gunn DA, van Drielen K, Westgate G, Slagboom PE, de Craen AJ, van Heemst D.

Low circulating insulin-like growth factor-1 and high density lipoprotein are associated with hair loss in middle-aged women.

Br J Dermatol. 2016 Mar 9. doi: 10.1111/bjd.14529. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26959288.


Westgate GE, Botchkareva NV, Tobin DJ.

The biology of hair diversity.

Int J Cosmet Sci. 2013 Aug;35(4):329-36. doi: 10.1111/ics.12041. Epub 2013 Mar 6.


Botchkarev VA, Fessing MY, Botchkareva NV, Westgate G, Tobin DJ.

First international symposium "epigenetic control of skin development and regeneration": how chromatin regulators orchestrate skin functions.

J Invest Dermatol. 2013 Aug;133(8):1918-21. doi: 10.1038/jid.2013.126.


Kauser S, Westgate GE, Green MR and Tobin DJ.

Human Hair Follicle and Epidermal Melanocytes Exhibit Striking Differences in Their Aging Profile which Involves Catalase.

J Invest Dermatol 131, 979-982 (April 2011)


Higgins CA, Richardson GD, Ferdinando D, Westgate GE, Jahoda CA.

Modelling the hair follicle dermal papilla using spheroid cell cultures.

Exp Dermatol. 2010 Jun;19(6):546-8. Epub 2010 Apr 20.


Higgins CA, Richardson GD, Westgate GE, Jahoda CA.

Exogen involves gradual release of the hair club fibre in the vibrissa follicle model.

Exp Dermatol. 2009 Sep;18(9):793-5.


Higgins CA, Westgate GE, Jahoda CA.

From telogen to exogen: mechanisms underlying formation and subsequent loss of the hair club fiber.

J Invest Dermatol. 2009 Sep;129(9):2100-8. Epub 2009 Apr 2. Review.

In the News/Media

Featured in Daily Mail Jan 2014

Curly Hair

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