UCL Division of Biosciences

Dr Kerri Kinghorn

Dr Kerri Kinghorn

Wellcome Clinical Research Career Development Fellow

Genetics, Evolution & Environment

Div of Biosciences

Joined UCL
11th Oct 2017

Research summary

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 the course organiser of Advances in Neurogenetics (GENE0003) and also lectures on the First Year Core Skills (BIOL0002), Diseases of Ageing (BIOL0027), Comparative Cell Biology (BIOL0052), Genes and Neurodegeneration (BIOLS001) and Ageing and Neurodegeneration Special Study Module (SS274a). She has supervised a large number of undergraduate and graduate laboratory students, including BSc, iBSc and MSci, as well as those on the Dementia, Clinical Neuroscience and Neuroscience MSc degree courses. 

As an Honorary Consultant Neurologist, Dr Kinghorn also has considerable experience of examining on MRCP PACES courses and Medical School Entrance Multiple Mini Interview Panels. She regularly acts as the Consultant Chair at the Critchley Grand Round for UCL Medical Students at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and is a personal tutor to 1st and 4th year UCL MBBS medical students.


Royal College of Physicians
Other Postgraduate qualification (including professional), Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training | 2017
Royal College of Physicians
Doctorate, Member of the Royal College of Physicians | 2008
University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2006
University of Cambridge
Doctorate, Bachelor of Medicine/ Bachelor of Surgery | 2005
University of Cambridge
Other higher degree, Master of Arts | 2004
University of Cambridge
First Degree, Bachelor of Arts | 2000


Dr Kerri Kinghorn completed the MB/PhD programme at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a 1st class BA degree (Part II Neuroscience) and a distinction in her medical degree. She gained her PhD 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 UCL.  Following this, 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 and 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.