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About us

The Division of Asthma, Allergy & Lung Biology is a dynamic and internationally acclaimed group of laboratory based, and clinical scientists led by acting Head of Division Professor Stephen Harridge

Our state-of-the-art facilities are located on a number of sites across the School of Medicine’s three main campuses at Guy’s, Denmark Hill and St Thomas’ and include a dedicated paediatric allergy clinical trials unit at the purpose-built Evelina Children’s Hospital at St Thomas’ Hospital. The Division is comprised of the following Departments:


The Division brings together renowned basic scientists, clinical scientists in respiratory medicine and allergy, and adult and paediatric physiologists.

Our nationally and internationally recognised research groups’ key research themes are: asthma, adult and paediatric allergic diseases, lung inflammation, lung physiology and lung cancer. These conditions together constitute some of the world’s major healthcare burdens and our aim is to find new and effective ways to treat and prevent them to aid in the improvement of peoples’ respiratory health.

We have a wealth of expertise within the Division that includes geneticists and immunologists striving to uncover the mechanisms of asthma, COPD, lung cancer and lung fibrosis; cell biologists identifying and validating new targets/biomarkers for potential treatments; and clinical academics carrying out clinical trials to test new preventative strategies for childhood allergies.

Many staff also hold clinical appointments at our partner NHS Trust hospitals. Several, including Professors Sethi, Lack and Greenough also play key roles in NHS policy making and training.

We also act as the training ground for future generations of respiratory researchers and provide a public voice for respiratory medicine, asthma and allergy research and patients with lung disease and allergies. Successful collaborations between groups within the Division, across King's Health Partners and beyond ensure that new research developments are translated into clinical benefits as quickly as possible.

We carry out ground breaking research and provide first class clinical services as well as nurturing the next generation of researchers. We train exceptional young scientists and clinical academics through our PhD and MD studentships and clinical training fellowship schemes. We have a very successful 4-year PhD program, aligned to the MRC-Asthma UK Centre.

In addition, King’s Health Partners have the largest number of NIHR awards in the UK for Academic Clinical Fellowships & Clinical lectureships in Asthma, Allergy and Respiratory Medicine.


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