Dr Holly Wilkinson


Lecturer in Wound Healing

Role at Hull York Medical School

Research-focused Lecturer in Wound Healing.


Dr Holly Wilkinson is an award-winning Lecturer and expert in skin and wound research. She completed her PhD in Wound Healing, focusing on the role of cellular senescence and metals in skin repair. She has extensive experience with experimental models and has developed many of these herself throughout her research career (in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo). Her current interests span cellular ageing, diabetes, metals and wound infection (e.g. biofilms).


Our research group is focused on understanding why chronic wounds fail to heal so we can develop more effective treatments. We do this by elucidating the molecular and cellular correlates of pathological wound repair using lab-based wound models and patient tissue. Our major current interests are understanding how:

1. The temporospatial distribution of metals in our skin and wounds affects healing.
2. Skin bacteria contribute to poor healing and how we can prevent/treat wound infections.
3. Cellular senescence is linked to poor wound repair in ageing and diabetes.

We have multiple funded and self-funded MSc and PhD projects available. For informal enquiries about our research and current opportunities, please get in touch (holly.wilkinson@hyms.ac.uk)


BSc Biomedical SciencesMSc Pharmacology

Postgraduate research supervision

We offer multiple funded and self-funded opportunities for MSc by Research and PhD students. Our current students are investigating a diverse range of cellular and molecular drivers of pathological wound repair. Our projects span the full experimental pipeline, including in vitro assays, our novel ex vivo skin wounding procedure, in vivo mechanistic work, patient tissue collection and clinical trials.

We have just been awarded a prestigious fully-funded PhD studentship from Diabetes UK (https://www.findaphd.com/phds/project/re-purposing-anti-ageing-drugs-to-heal-diabetic-foot-ulcers/?p129658).