Lead Investigators

Dr Zarif Jabbar-Lopez

Senior Co-Investigator

Zarif Jabbar-Lopez is an NIHR Clinical Research fellow and Specialist Registrar in Dermatology. Zarif is undertaking a PhD investigating the effects of hard water on risk of eczema and skin barrier dysfunction in newborn babies.

Dr Carsten Flohr

Chief Investigator

Carsten Flohr studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities and then trained in both paediatrics and dermatology. He was the first UK National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinician Scientist in Dermatology and was recently awarded a senior Career Development Fellowship from the NIHR.

He directs the Unit for Population-Based Dermatology Research at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Evelina London Children’s Hospital. He is also a Reader and Consultant in Dermatology and Research & Development Lead at St John’s Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK.
Dr Flohr has a particular interest in atopic eczema, its causes and novel methods of disease prevention and treatment.

Trial Co-ordinators

Nikeeta Gurung

Clinical Research Co-ordinator

Alexander Phillips

Clinical Research Coordinator

St John’s Institute of Dermatology


Women’s & Children’s Health

Research Team

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