Dr Kerri Kinghorn
MA MB BChir PhD (Cantab) MRCP
Principal Investigator and
Honorary Consultant Neurologist
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.
Dr Catalina-Andreea Romila
Dr Romila is studying the pathogenic mechanisms linking endolysosomal gene mutations to PD. This is done using Drosophila and human neuronal models to develop new therapeutic targets in PD, thus a point of intervention to protect against the diseases of old age.
During her PhD at UCL in Jürg Bähler’s lab, she investigated the genetic factors underlying cellular ageing in S. pombe, to determine genes with pro-ageing effects.
Prior to her PhD, she graduated from Queen Mary University of London with a 1st class bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry, during which she was also awarded the Whittingham prize for outstanding academic achievement.
Alex graduated with a 1st class BSc in Genetics from the University of Liverpool. He then completed his PhD in the research group of Dr Herman Wijnen at the University of Southampton, studying the developmental role of CLK/CYC in adult Drosophila circadian rhythms. Alex has just returned from the US where he was a post-doc at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre in Seattle.
Mirjam completed a Bachelors Degree in Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University in The Netherlands. She then joined Dr Teresa Niccoli in the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing, completing a Master's project on the the role of glucose metabolism in C9orf72 Drosphila models of motor neurone disease.
Amany Elsayed Saber Ammar PhD student
Amany undertook a Masters in Biotechnology in the Faculty of Science at Cairo University in Egypt and then took up an assistant lecturer post. She joins the Kinghorn lab as a PhD student funded by the Newton-Mosharafa fund.
Laure Mourgue D'Algue
Laure is a 4th year MSci student in the Biological Sciences.
PAST LAB MEMBERS
Jake was a 4th year MSci student in Biological Sciences (2019-2020)
Research Technician (2018-2019)