Health Protection Research Unit for Chemical & Radiation Threats & Hazards

Staff Profile

Dr Simon Wilkinson

Senior Lecturer


Roles and Responsibilities

Teaching - Curriculum Chair for Pharmacology, module leader, undergraduate teaching on several modules of Biomedical Sciences and Pharmacology programme, supervision of under- and postgraduate researchers

Wolfson Unit radiation protection supervisor 


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

PED3011 Toxicology 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


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