Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Neil Rajan

Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Dermatologist


 Dr. Neil Rajan M.D. PhD. is a senior lecturer and honorary consultant dermatologist based in Newcastle, U.K. He has received 6 national awards for his work on patients with rare genetic skin disease. He has received fellowships from the Wellcome Trust and the Medical Research Council, that have supported his work on the molecular dissection of inherited cutaneous tumour syndromes. His basic science research programme is coupled with the delivery of early phase clinical trials in rare disease, an exemplar of which is the TRAC study in CYLD cutaneous syndrome, where he was chief investigator. By working in partnership with patients with rare skin disease, his work aims to discover oncogenic dependencies in skin tumours that can be targeted for therapeutic benefit.There is a strong emphasis on the integration of clinical investigation and basic research as highlighted by a close working relationship between the clinical dermatology and the academic departments, based within the Institute of Cellular Medicine and the Institute of Genetic Medicine.

Area of expertise

  • Dermatogenetics

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Please see my research profile for details on the group's research interests.

Key collaborations:

Prof Alan Ashworth - Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research Centre, ICR, Fulham Road, London, UK.

Prof Carol Thiele- NIH, Bethesda, Maryland, USA.

Prof Andor Pivarcsi and Prof. Eniko Sonkoly - Karolinska Institute , Sweden.


Current and previous funders:

Wellcome Trust

Medical Research Council

Newcastle Hospital Charities

North East Skin Research Fund


Esteem indicators:

Wellcome Trust Intermediate Clinical Fellowship - 2012

Roy Summerly Prize for Best presentation at North of England Dermatology Society meetings (Leeds 2011)

Poster prize Medical Research Society (London 2011)

Highly commended prize MRC Max Perutz Science Writing Award (London 2010)

Best oral presentation in the dermatopathologxy section at the British Association of Dermatologists meeting (Manchester 2010)

Registrar's Prize for the best oral presentation by a trainee in dermatology at the British Society of Investigative Dermatology (Edinburgh 2010)

Best oral presentation in the clinico-pathological cases section at the British Association of Dermatologists meeting (Glasgow 2009)

Medical Research Council Clinical Training Fellowship - 2008




·   Medical students - Annual sessions since 2004, small group and lecture formats

·   Dental students – Dermatology lectures

·   ST3 paediatric specialist registrar teaching

·   ST3 Medicine teaching in preparation for MRCP

·   MRes student – Benchside teaching

·   GP/General Med SHO teaching – Small group and lecture format

·   Pathology MLSO teaching - Small group format