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.






  • 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.​