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Prof Christine Kinnon
UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health
30 Guilford Street
Tel: 020 3978 3638
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  • Professor of Molecular Immunology
  • Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
  • UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
  • Faculty of Pop Health Sciences

Current Roles: 

2012 to date:UCL Academic Lead Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Diseases in Children (ZCR)

2018 to date:Director of Development, GOS ICH

Research Summary

Prof Kinnon's research has involved the elucidation of the molecular and cellular defects in inherited immunodeficiency disorders which resulted in the identification of several rare disease causing genes. Research continues on investigating the functions of the protein products of these genes, in both health and disease and in translating the results of this basic research into new and improved strategies for treatment, principally by the development of techniques for the cure of these disorders by somatic gene therapy techniques.

This research resulted in the initiation of phase I clinical trials for the treatment of X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficient SCID, X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome using gene therapy techniques. 

Prof Kinnon is currently the UCL Academic Lead for the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children, a joint project between UCL, GOSH and the GOSH Children's Charity. 

Teaching Summary

Supervision: Prof Kinnon has supervised students at all levels, including over 20 PhD students to completion.

Lecturing: Prof Kinnon was responsible for teaching on a variety of under-graduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG) courses within and external to UCL, including a number of EuropeanSummer Schools. 

Leadership in Teaching:  Between 2011 and 2018 Prof Kinnon was Deputy Director (Education) at GOS ICH and Vice-Dean Education in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL, responsible for the education and training of over 1,000 postgraduate taught and research students across a wide range of health-related disciplines. In 2011, she established, and subsequently directed, the world’s first MSc programme in Cell and Gene Therapy at GOS ICH.  


Academic Background
1984   Doctorat University College London
1978   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Newcastle upon Tyne
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