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07 March 2022

Professor Mona Bafadhel joins King's as Chair of Respiratory Medicine

The role will entail developing scientific advances in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and bringing translational research across the respiratory disciplines.

Mona Bafadhel

The Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine is delighted to welcome Professor Mona Bafadhel as the new Chair of Respiratory Medicine in the School of Immunology & Microbial Sciences.

Mona will lead a group with research interests in the field of airways disease, particularly the investigation of the mechanisms underlying exacerbations of COPD. Her prior work on the peripheral blood eosinophil in COPD has influenced international guidance and is now routinely used managing patients with COPD.

Mona has moved from the University of Oxford, where she was a Professor of Respiratory Medicine. She completed medical training at the University of Birmingham, and her PhD in biomarkers of exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) at the University of Leicester. She was awarded an NIHR postdoctoral fellowship between 2014-2018. In 2019, Mona was awarded the prestigious Gaulstonian Lectureship from the Royal College of Physicians, London. She is the fourth woman and the first woman from an ethnic minority in the award’s 350-year-old history to have received this for excellence in the Clinical Sciences.

At King’s there is an excellent track record in the respiratory sciences. I’m most excited about the opportunity that will be available to generate further research excellence across respiratory medicine, working with colleagues so that what we do can really impact on patients.”

Professor Mona Bafadhel