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 in the research groups of Professor Sir 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 Magda Atilano
Dr Atilano 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.
Prior to joining the Kinghorn lab, Magda worked in the research group of Professor Dame Linda Partridge, unravelling the role of insulin signalling in C9orf72-repeat expansion Drosophila models of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
She graduated in Biochemistry before obtaining a PhD in Microbiology/Immunity from Universidade Nova de Lisboa/ITQB. She then moved to Oxford for a post-doc centered on cross-regulation of innate immunity, metabolism, brain and gut microbiome during infection.
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.
4th year MSci student in Biological Sciences (2021-2022)
3rd year MSci student in Biological Sciences (2021-2022) ______________________________
PAST LAB MEMBERS
Post doctoral research fellow
Laure Mourgue d' Algue
4th year MSci student in the Biological Sciences
4th year MSci student in the Biological Sciences (2019-2020)
Neuroscience MSc Student (2018-2019)