Portrait of Dr Iain Haslam Dr Iain Haslam

i.haslam@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471734



My scientific career began with an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, after which I went on to complete my PhD research at the University of Newcastle. Under the guidance of Professor Nick Simmons in the Epithelial Research Group, I spent 3 years investigating the regulation of ATP binding cassette (ABC) transporters by the pregnane X receptor. This was followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship with AstraZeneca, developing a modified Ussing chamber system to investigate cross-species intestinal absorption.

Returning to academic research, I spent 4 years working with Professor Ralf Paus at the University of Manchester. Here I developed an interest in cutaneous biology, specifically investigating mechanisms for hair follicle defence against endogenous and exogenous stressors, including oxidative and xenobiotic. In 2015 I joined the University of Huddersfield as a Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences where I continue research into my twin interests of skin biology and active transport processes.

Research and Scholarship

I am primarily interested in active transport processes, in particular energy-dependent efflux mediated by ABC transporters. Having spent a number of years investigating the impact of ABC transporters on drug-drug interactions and the intestinal absorption of drug molecules, more recently I have been examining their roles in the skin, specifically focusing on the hair follicle. I recently identified the expression of numerous ABC transporter proteins within the hair follicle and this has led on to current investigations into their ability to modulate hair follicle drug penetration, with a view to understanding their impact on drug toxicity and hair loss during chemotherapy. Furthermore, the physiological roles of the ABC transporter family are increasingly appreciated. To this end I am investigating whether ABC transporter activity in the hair follicle might influence the movement and compartmentalization of lipid signalling activities. Understanding the role of active transport in regulating hair growth, cycling and development could have important implications for a number hair growth disorders.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Haslam, I., Hardman, J. and Paus, R. (2017) ‘Topically Applied Nicotinamide Inhibits Human Hair Follicle Growth ex vivoJournal of Investigative Dermatology . ISSN 0022-202X

Dunnill, C., Al-Tameemi, W., Collett, A., Haslam, I. and Georgopoulos, N. (2017) ‘A Clinical and Biological Guide for Understanding Chemotherapy-Induced Alopecia and its PreventionThe Oncologist . ISSN 1083-7159

Jadkauskaite, L., Coulombe, P., Schafer, M., Dinkova-Kostova, A., Paus, R. and Haslam, I. (2017) ‘Oxidative stress management in the hair follicle: Could targeting NRF2 counter age-related hair disorders and beyond?Bioessays , 39 (8). ISSN 1521-1878


Haslam, I (2016) ‘Oxidative damage control in a human (mini-) organ: Nrf2 activation protects against oxidative stress-induced hair growth inhibitionJournal of Investigative Dermatology . ISSN 0022-202X


Hawkshaw, N., Haslam, I., Ansell, D., Shamalak, A. and Paus, R. (2015) ‘Re-Evaluating Cyclosporine A as a Hair Growth-Promoting Agent in Human Scalp Hair FolliclesThe Journal of Investigative Dermatology , 135 (8), pp. 2129-2132. ISSN 1523-1747

Haslam, I., El-Chami, C., Faruqi, H., Shahmalak, A., O'Neill, C. and Paus, R. (2015) ‘Differential expression and functionality of ATP-binding cassette transporters in the human hair follicleThe British Journal of Dermatology , 172 (6), pp. 1562-1572. ISSN 1365-2133

Purba, T., Haslam, I., Shahmalak, A., Bhogal, R. and Paus, R. (2015) ‘Mapping the expression of epithelial hair follicle stem cell-related transcription factors LHX2 and SOX9 in the human hair follicleExperimental dermatology , 24 (6), pp. 462-467. ISSN 1600-0625

Hardman, J., Tobin, D., Haslam, I., Farjo, N., Farjo, B., Al-Nuaimi, Y., Grimaldi, B. and Paus, R. (2015) ‘The peripheral clock regulates human pigmentationThe Journal of Investigative Dermatology , 135 (4), pp. 1053-1064. ISSN 1523-1747

Hardman, J., Haslam, I., Farjo, N., Farjo, B. and Paus, R. (2015) ‘Thyroxine differentially modulates the peripheral clock: lessons from the human hair folliclePLoS ONE , 10 (3), p. e0121878. ISSN 1932-6203


El-Chami, C., Haslam, I., Steward, M. and O'Neill, C. (2014) ‘Role of organic osmolytes in water homoeostasis in skinExperimental dermatology , 23 (8), pp. 534-537. ISSN 1600-0625

Haslam, I., Roubos, E., Mangoni, M., Yoshizato, K., Vaudry, H., Kloepper, J., Pattwell, D., Maderson, P. and Paus, R. (2014) ‘From frog integument to human skin: dermatological perspectives from frog skin biologyBiological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society , 89 (3), pp. 618-655. ISSN 1469-185X

Kloepper, J., Ernst, N., Krieger, K., Bod�, E., B�r�, T., Haslam, I., Schmidt-Ullrich, R. and Paus, R. (2014) ‘NF-?B activity is required for anagen maintenance in human hair follicles in vitroThe Journal of Investigative Dermatology , 134 (7), pp. 2036-2038. ISSN 1523-1747

Haslam, I. and Simmons, N. (2014) ‘Expression of the ABC transport proteins MDR1 (ABCB1) and BCRP (ABCG2) in bovine rumenJournal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology , 184 (5), pp. 673-681. ISSN 1432-136X

Purba, T., Haslam, I., Poblet, E., Jim�nez, F., Gandarillas, A., Izeta, A. and Paus, R. (2014) ‘Human epithelial hair follicle stem cells and their progeny: current state of knowledge, the widening gap in translational research and future challengesBioEssays : news and reviews in molecular, cellular and developmental biology , 36 (5), pp. 513-525. ISSN 1521-1878

Al-Nuaimi, Y., Hardman, J., B�r�, T., Haslam, I., Philpott, M., T�th, B., Farjo, N., Farjo, B., Baier, G., Watson, R., Grimaldi, B., Kloepper, J. and Paus, R. (2014) ‘A meeting of two chronobiological systems: circadian proteins Period1 and BMAL1 modulate the human hair cycle clockThe Journal of Investigative Dermatology , 134 (3), pp. 610-619. ISSN 1523-1747


Haslam, I., Pitre, A., Schuetz, J. and Paus, R. (2013) ‘Protection against chemotherapy-induced alopecia: targeting ATP-binding cassette transporters in the hair follicle?Trends in pharmacological sciences , 34 (11), pp. 599-604. ISSN 1873-3735

Hinde, E., Haslam, I., Schneider, M., Langan, E., Kloepper, J., Schramm, C., Zouboulis, C. and Paus, R. (2013) ‘A practical guide for the study of human and murine sebaceous glands in situExperimental dermatology , 22 (10), pp. 631-637. ISSN 1600-0625

Meier, N., Haslam, I., Pattwell, D., Zhang, G., Emelianov, V., Paredes, R., Debus, S., Augustin, M., Funk, W., Amaya, E., Kloepper, J., Hardman, M. and Paus, R. (2013) ‘Thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) promotes wound re-epithelialisation in frog and human skinPLoS ONE , 8 (9), p. e73596. ISSN 1932-6203

Paus, R., Haslam, I., Sharov, A. and Botchkarev, V. (2013) ‘Pathobiology of chemotherapy-induced hair lossThe Lancet Oncology , 14 (2), p. e50-e59. ISSN 1474-5488


Wright, J., Haslam, I., Coleman, T. and Simmons, N. (2011) ‘Breast cancer resistance protein BCRP (ABCG2)-mediated transepithelial nitrofurantoin secretion and its regulation in human intestinal epithelial (Caco-2) layersEuropean journal of pharmacology , 672 (1-3), pp. 70-76. ISSN 1879-0712

Haslam, I., Wright, J., O'Reilly, D., Sherlock, D., Coleman, T. and Simmons, N. (2011) ‘Intestinal ciprofloxacin efflux: the role of breast cancer resistance protein (ABCG2)Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals , 39 (12), pp. 2321-2328. ISSN 1521-009X

Haslam, I., O'Reilly, D., Sherlock, D., Kauser, A., Womack, C. and Coleman, T. (2011) ‘Pancreatoduodenectomy as a source of human small intestine for Ussing chamber investigations and comparative studies with rat tissueBiopharmaceutics & drug disposition , 32 (4), pp. 210-221. ISSN 1099-081X


Lowes, S., Haslam, I., Fihn, B., Hilgendorf, C., Karlsson, J., Simmons, N. and Ungell, A. (2010) ‘The Effects of Pregnenolone 16?-Carbonitrile Dosing on Digoxin Pharmacokinetics and Intestinal Absorption in the RatPharmaceutics , 2 (1), pp. 61-77. ISSN 1999-4923


Brown, C., Sayer, R., Windass, A., Haslam, I., De Broe, M., D'Haese, P. and Verhulst, A. (2008) ‘Characterisation of human tubular cell monolayers as a model of proximal tubular xenobiotic handlingToxicology and applied pharmacology , 233 (3), pp. 428-438. ISSN 1096-0333

Haslam, I., Jones, K., Coleman, T. and Simmons, N. (2008) ‘Induction of P-glycoprotein expression and function in human intestinal epithelial cells (T84)Biochemical pharmacology , 76 (7), pp. 850-861. ISSN 1873-2968

Haslam, I., Jones, K., Coleman, T. and Simmons, N. (2008) ‘Rifampin and digoxin induction of MDR1 expression and function in human intestinal (T84) epithelial cellsBritish Journal of Pharmacology , 154 (1), pp. 246-255. ISSN 0007-1188


Graham, C., Gatherar, I., Haslam, I., Glanville, M. and Simmons, N. (2007) ‘Expression and localization of monocarboxylate transporters and sodium/proton exchangers in bovine rumen epitheliumAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , 292 (2), p. R997-R1007. ISSN 0363-6119


Carr, G., Haslam, I. and Simmons, N. (2006) ‘Voltage dependence of transepithelial guanidine permeation across Caco-2 epithelia allows determination of the paracellular flux componentPharmaceutical Research , 23 (3), pp. 540-548. ISSN 0724-8741

Research Degree Supervision

Self-funded applicants interested in pursuing a PhD are welcome to approach me by email in the first instance.

I am able to offer the following research projects:

  • ABC transporter-mediated eicosanoid transport: impact on hair growth and cycling
  • Control and regulation of cholesterol transport in the hair follicle: influence on hair growth and cycling
  • Active transport and transdermal absorption: influence of uptake and efflux on skin penetration
  • Epidermal sterol transport: role of ABC transporters in regulation of skin barrier function
  • Role of ABC transporters in skin inflammation

Teaching and Professional Activities

I am module leader for SHB4006, Physiology 3. I also offer projects for SHB4014, Term 2 Projects.