Karl Lawrence graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2011 with a degree in Pharmaceutical Science and has worked as a research assistant at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute in Cambridge and the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London. Karl then undertook a Ph.D. in the Photobiology Department at St. John’s Institute of Dermatology, King’s College London under the supervision of Professors Antony Young and Paul Long, graduating in 2017.
Karl's research has focussed on the adverse effects of ultraviolet radiation and visible light on the skin and its photoprotection, using conventional synthetic UV filters and natural compounds as biocompatible alternatives. Karl has also worked on chemical and biological antioxidants as a method of photoprotection. Since graduating he has been working at Queen Mary, University of London working on the development of a device to maintain ex vivo skin for research and safety testing