I have a number of major areas of interest, all with the aim of tackling chronic non-healing wounds. These include:
Determining the mechanistic drivers of senescence in poor wound healing.
Understanding the role of endogenous metals in diabetes, ageing and skin repair.
Developing novel methods and treatment modalities to tackle wound biofilm infection.
To address the above aims, my research group uses a range of in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo wound models and cutting-edge methodologies (e.g. RNA-Seq, ptychographic imaging, metagenomics) alongside standard histological and biochemical assays.
Dr Wilkinson welcomes applications from students who want to undertake an MSc by Research or PhD within the Hull York Medical School. The overarching goal of my group is to understand why chronic wounds in the elderly and diabetic fail to heal so we can develop new and effective therapies. Our major areas of interest include cellular senescence, diabetes, metals, the microbiome and wound infection.
Please get in touch to discuss potential projects/opportunities: firstname.lastname@example.org
Current PhD Students
Paisleigh Smythe - British Skin Foundation Studentship (2022-2025)
Alexander Johns - Diabetes UK Studentship (2021-2024)
Nina Dias Coelho Rocha - University of Hull Scholarship (2021-2024)
Quentin Rodriguez-Barucg - University of Hull Scholarship (2020-2023)
Amber Stafford - University of Hull Scholarship (2018-Present)
Daniel Hardy - University of Hull Scholarship (2017-Present)
Current MSc by Research Students
Alice Fearn (2021-2022)