Irene May Leigh was born in Liverpool in the UK. She is Professor Emeritus at the University of Dundee School of Medicine in Scotland. Leigh received her bachelor’s degree with First-Class Honours in Anatomy in 1968 and her master’s degree in 1971, both from London Hospital Medical College, which is attached to Queen Mary University (now a component part of the University of London).
After receiving an FRCP medical degree in 1989 from the Royal College of Physicians, she obtained an MD degree 1991 and a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree in medicine in 1999, both also from London Hospital Medical College. Leigh’s specialization was dermatology. More specifically, she has carried out research on keratinocytes, genetic-based skin diseases, and non-melanoma skin cancers.
After receiving her MD, Leigh lectured on medicine at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Upon returning to the UK, in 1992, Leigh was appointed to a teaching position at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital (Barts) and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2006, Leigh was appointed Professor of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Dundee.
During her tenure at the University of Dundee, she also served as Vice Principal for Research in clinical dermatology and later Head of College in the College of Medicine, Dentistry and Nursing. Over the years, Leigh has also served as Director of Cancer Research with the UK Skin Tumour Laboratory, Dundee; as Honorary Consultant Dermatologist with the National Health Service (NHS) Tayside; and as Senior Research Consultant with the International Prevention Research Institute in Lyon, France.
Leigh has authored or co-authored some 170 peer-reviewed journal articles and degree chapters, as well as four books.
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Irene May Leigh is a British dermatologist. A former professor of Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, she is now a professor emeritus at the University of Dundee School of Medicine. Her research has focused on keratinocytes, non-melanoma skin cancers and genetic skin diseases. She was elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 1999 and appointed CBE in 2012.
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