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Dr Kerri Kinghorn
UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Darwin Building
Tel: (+44) 020 7679 2038
  • Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow
  • Genetics, Evolution & Environment
  • Div of Biosciences
  • Faculty of Life Sciences

Dr Kerri Kinghorn completed the MB/PhD programme at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a 1st class BA degree in Neuroscience in 2000 and a distinction in her medical degree in 2005. She gained her PhD in 2006 at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research under the supervision of Professor David Lomas.  While completing her higher clinical training in Neurology in London, she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Post-Doctoral Clinician Scientist Fellowship. This was performed under the supervision of Professor John Hardy and Professor Dame Linda Partridge at University College London (UCL). As part of her neurology training she spent one year in Melbourne Australia as an Association of British Neurologists Australasian Fellow. Dr Kinghorn then took up a post as an Academic Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at Kings College London and completed her neurology training in 2017. 

Dr Kinghorn returned to UCL in 2017 as a Rosetrees UCL Excellence Fellow.  In December 2018 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellowship.  Dr Kinghorn is also an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. 

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Dr Kinghorn's research group seeks to understand the underlying pathogenic mechanisms of neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, as well as neuronal models of disease.  In particular, her research is focused on unravelling the underlying mechanisms linking genes involved in endosomal-lysosomal intracellular trafficking pathways and Parkinson’s disease.

Teaching Summary

• Dr Kinghorn is a tutor and examiner on the Biosciences Topics in Current Research (BIOL0036) MSc module and the First Year Core Skills (BIOL0002) BSc module. She also lectures on the Biosciences Diseases of Ageing BSc Module (BIOL0027). She has supervised a large number of laboratory projects, including those on the Dementia, Clinical Neuroscience and Neuroscience MSc courses, as well as a PhD student on the Leonard-Wolfson PhD programme.

• She is a regular lecturer on a Biology of Ageing Special Study Module for undergraduate medical students at UCL. 

• She has also acted as the Consultant Chair at the Critchley Grand Round for medical students at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

• Dr Kinghorn has considerable experience of examining on MRCP PACES courses and Medical School Entrance Multiple Mini Interview Panels. 

• She is a personal tutor to 4th year UCL MBBS medical students.

30-MAY-2019 Honorary Consultant Neurologist National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery University College London Hospital NHS Trust, United Kingdom
01-JAN-2019 – 31-DEC-2023 Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Career Development Fellow Genetics Evolution and Environment Institute of Healthy Ageing, United Kingdom
11-OCT-2017 – 01-JAN-2018 Rosetrees and John Black UCL Excellence Fellow Genetics Evolution and Environment Institute of Healthy Ageing, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017 CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – Neurology Royal College of Physicians
2008 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians – Medicine Royal College of Physicians
2006 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neuroscience University of Cambridge
2005 MB BChir Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine/Surgery University of Cambridge
2004 MA Master of Arts – Medical Science University of Cambridge
2000 BA Bachelor of Arts – Neuroscience University of Cambridge
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