School of Biomedical, Nutritional and Sport Sciences

Staff Profiles

Dr Simon Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer


Roles and Responsibilities

Research - As Prinicipal Investigator: Theme lead on decontamination of skin - NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response
Teaching - Curricuulum Chair for Pharmacology, module leader for three modules, academic lead for student voice in pharmacology, undergraduate teaching on several modules of Pharmacology programme, supervision of under- and postgraduate researchers

Wolfson Unit radiation protection supervisor and ICM safety committee member 


BSc Applied Biology (upper second class honours) CNAA
PhD (Univ Central Lancs)

Previous Positions

Staff Scientist, Institute of Cellular Medicine (2006-2018)

Scientific Toxicologist, Chemical Hazards and Poisons Division (Newcastle), Health Protection Agency (2004-2006)
Research Associate, School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, University of Newcastle (2001-2004)
Research Associate, Dept of Environmental and Occupational Medicine, University of Newcastle (1999-2000)


British Toxicology Society (1999 to 2017)

Some written and spoken French and German


Undergraduate Teaching

Curriculum Chair for Pharmacology since 2017

Academic lead for Student Voice

PED3011 Toxicology module leader

PED3001 Pharmacological Techniques module leader

PED2001 Drug disposition and Pharmacokinetics module leader

Undegraduate research project supervision (Pharmacology and Biomedical Sciences)

Deputy Module Leader for CMB3000 (final year dissertation project, Biomedical Sciences)

Postgraduate Teaching

MRes Drug Discovery

MRes Toxicology

MSc in Public Health Research

Invited lecturer on MSc Modular Toxicology course at Surrey University


Research Interests

Dermal absorption, dermal metabolism and dermal toxicology
In vitro methods for dermal absorption and metabolism
Dermal absorption of components from liquid mixtures
Detection of exposure during accidental and deliberate chemical release

Other Expertise

Predictive modelling for dermal absorption and metabolism

Current Work

Decontamination of skin using rapidly deployable methods

Decontamination of hair

Prediction of skin absorption using in silico approaches

Future Research

Research Roles

Theme lead on NIHR Health Protection Research Unit on Emergency Preparedness and Response (skin decontamination)

Postgraduate Supervision

MRes in Toxicology

Currently co-supervisor for PhD student

Esteem Indicators

Member of UK Expert Committee on Pesticides since 2014

Consultancy for L'Oréal 2012-2015


NIHR HPRU in Emergency Preparedness and Response (2014-2019)

Horizon 2020 BIORAPID (2015-2018)

Industrial Relevance

Dermal absorption of chemicals in the workplace and consequences for health