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The KinghornLab is based in the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, London.


Parkinson’s disease affects approximately 1 in 500 people in the UK and there is currently no cure.  In order to develop treatments, we need to fully understand what is going wrong in the cell. Genes related to pathways involved in the breakdown and transport of proteins within the cell, the so-called endosomal-lysosomal system, are increasingly being shown to play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease.  Our research focuses on the study of these aberrant pathways using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as well as cellular models of disease.






  • 05/05/2022: I am delighted to be hosting on behalf of the IHA  "Neurodegeneration in Flies" virtual seminar series Prof Erik Storkebaum from Radboud University on the 16th June, 4pm UK time via zoom. ‘Lost in translation: mismatch between codon demand and tRNA supply in neurodegenerative disease'. Click here for the zoom link.

  • 06/04/2022: The UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing (IHA) is currently advertising 3 PhD studentships in partnership with the Dunhill Medical Trust.  Please click for further information on the programme and how to apply. Deadline 29th April 2022. 

  • 8/02/2022: Please join us for the next UCL IHA "Neurodegeneration in Flies" seminar. We are excited to welcome Niamh O'Sullivan from the University of Dublin. Our seminar series is now running monthly and we have a superb international line-up in 2022. Please click here for more information. 

  •   07/11/2021: Dr Kinghorn is privileged to be  chairing two round table panel discussions at the International Scientific Conference
    on Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD). To find out more about the conference and this devastating rare disease click here

  • Please join the UCL IHA Seminar series on 'Neurodegeneration in Flies'. The first seminar begins 27th August 2020 with our Keynote Speaker Professor Hugo Bellen from Baylor College of Medicine: Click here to join us.

  • 09/08/2020: We are currently looking to recruit an outstanding PhD student. If you are interested in joining our group, please contact us.

  • 23/04/2020: During lockdown, Dr Kinghorn was honoured to chair a session on Models of Neurological Disease at TAGC 2020 online. This conference should have been in Washington D.C, but despite the challenges, was a huge success with more than 10,000 participants.  

  • 05/03/2020: Dr Kinghorn took part in a panel discussion and presented our research work at the UCL Dementia Society.  

  • 12/02/2020: We are excited to announce an Institute of Healthy Ageing symposium in honour of our very own Professor Dame Linda Partridge  - more info here.

  • 11/01/2020: Dr Kinghorn was invited to present our current work on Parkinson’s disease at the UCL Biology Society Annual Meeting at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor.​

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