Prof Christine Kinnon
Professor of Molecular Immunology
Infection, Immunity & Inflammation Dept
UCL GOS Institute of Child Health
- Joined UCL
- 1st Aug 1986
My research has involved the elucidation of the molecular and cellular defects in inherited immunodeficiency disorders which has resulted in our identification of several disease causing genes. We are now investigating the functions of the protein products of these genes, in both health and disease. We are translating the results of this basic research into new and improved strategies for treatment, principally by the development of techniques for the cure of these disorders by somatic gene therapy techniques.
We have initiated phase I clinical trials for the treatment of X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), adenosine deaminase (ADA) deficient SCID, X-linked chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) and Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome using gene therapy techniques.
I am currently the UCL Academic Lead for the Zayed Centre for Research into Rare Disease in Children, a joint project between UCL, GOSH and the GOSH Charity.
Student Supervision: I have supervised research students at BSc, MSc, MPhil and PhD level, seeing more than 20 PhD students to completion.
Lecturing: I have been responsible for teaching on a variety of under-graduate (UG) and post-graduate (PG) courses within and external to UCL throughout the year, including a number of European Summer Schools.
Leadership in Teaching: Between 2011 and 2018 I was Deputy Director (Education) at GOS ICH and Vice-Dean Education in the Faculty of Population Health Sciences at UCL, responsible for the education and training of over 1,000 postgraduate taught and research students across a wide range of health-related disciplines. In 2011, I established, and subsequently directed, the world’s first MSc programme in Cell and Gene Therapy at GOS ICH.
- University College London
- PhD, Immunology | 1984
- University of Newcastle upon Tyne
- BSc Hons, Biochemistry | 1978