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Doctor Davide Filingeri

Dr Davide Filingeri

Associate Professor

Research interests

  • Davide’s original research programme investigates:
  • i) the biophysical and physiological mechanisms that allow humans to sense changes in the temperature and wetness of their skin.
  • ii) the role of these mechanisms in body temperature regulation and the initiation of thermal behaviours.

More research

Accepting applications from PhD students.


Davide has a background in thermal physiology, and he is internationally recognised as a leading expert in the neurophysiology of human skin temperature and wetness sensing. He has >10 years of experience in conducting human research in healthy and clinical groups such as multiple sclerosis patients.

In 2017, Davide founded the THERMOSENSELAB, a laboratory that specialises in basic and applied research in human thermosensing and thermoregulation in health and disease, and which is now part of the Skin Sensing Research Group at the University of Southampton.

Davide’s research has a strong enterprise ethos, and he believes that major advances in skin and health care can arise from bridging the gap between academia and industry. For example, he has collaborated with leading sport clothing manufacturers to map regional differences in skin sensing across the body, to inform the design of sport clothing that improve thermal comfort for female athletes. Also, he has co-operated with global goods manufacturers to model the biophysics and physiology of wetness on the skin, to improve the design of absorbency products for babies and adults.