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Professor Graham Lord
Professor of Medicine

Graham Lord

Current Appointments


  • Professor of Medicine, King’s College London
  • Honorary Consultant in Nephrology and Transplantation, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
  • Head of Department of Experimental Immunobiology, King’s College London
  • Director of NIHR Biomedical Research Centre, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College London

Graham M. Lord MA, MB BChir, FSB, FRCP, PhD, qualified in medicine from Cambridge University in 1991 and undertook a period of general clinical training as a junior doctor in Cambridge, Hammersmith, Oxford and the Brompton. Following specialisation in Nephrology, Transplantation and General Medicine at the Hammersmith, he undertook a period of research in Transplantation Immunology at Imperial College London that led to a PhD in 2000, funded by an MRC Clinical Training Fellowship.

 He was appointed as a Consultant in Nephrology and Transplantation at the Hammersmith in 2003. From 2003-2006, funded by an MRC Clinician Scientist award, he was a visiting scientist at Harvard University and came back to the UK to become the Chair of Medicine at King’s in 2006.

Professor Lord has built up a research group at King’s College London investigating fundamental immune cell biology and the translation of this knowledge to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with organ transplant rejection and autoimmune diseases. As an NHS consultant, he practices clinical nephrology with a particular interest in renal and pancreatic transplantation.

Professor Lord led the successful application for the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' and was appointed as Director of the Centre from 2012-2017. In this role, he is responsible for the delivery of programmes of translational research with a significant part of the Centres' portfolio focussed on Regenerative Medicine and Cellular Therapy.

Julie Reason
Executive Assistant to Professor Graham Lord

Ian Jackson
Lab Manager

Ian Jackson

Ian has worked for Graham Lord for a number of years at Imperial College and also in Boston before helping to set up the Lord lab at KCL in 2005. He currently acts as Lab Manger with responsibilty for ordering, invoicing, grant maintenance as well as having various safety and organisational duties. He also maintains an experimental role within the lab, working on a number of different research projects.

Dr. Maria Hernandez-Fuentes
Senior Lecturer in Translational Research

Maria Hernandez-Fuentes

Maria completed an MD in Universidad Complutense and her PhD in Immunology in Universidad de Alcalá, both in Madrid, Spain. In 1998 she came to the UK to do her first post-doc with Professor Robert Lechler, then at Imperial College, Hammersmith Hospital. In 2005 the research group moved to King's College London and from November 2006 she has been working with Professor Graham Lord. She has led the Clinical Research Team in the MRC centre for Transplantation since August 2009. The multidisciplinary Clinical Research Team is mainly focused on the development of biomarkers that could be predictive of kidney transplant outcome and could eventually enable biomarker-led individualisation of therapy. Genome wide association scans, measurement of gene expression and immunologic monitoring techniques are being used. Maria has a long standing interest in characterising and quantifying alloimmune responses in humans, and lately she has been working to investigate the role of B cells in transplantation tolerance. Maria is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2007, and tutors, lectures and supervises students in immunology and Translational Medicine.

Dr. Ania Koziell
HEFC Senior Clinical Lecturer

Ania Koziell


Dr. Arnulf Hertweck

Visiting Scientist

Arnulf obtained his PhD in 2008 at Imperial College London working on the role of miRNAs in T cell development. His project in the lab focused on the transcriptional regulation of T cell lineage determination and plasticity.  He now works at UCL, but is still a visiting scientist with Lord Lab.

Dr Nati Garrido-Mesa

Postdoctoral Research Associate.  Nati is self-funded from the Fundacion Ramon Areces, Spain.

Dr. Refik Gökmen

Consultant Nephrologist, Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Refik Gokmen

Refik is a Consultant Nephrologist.  He joined the lab in 2007 as a Kidney Research UK Clinical Training Fellow, and worked on a project aiming to define the transcriptional mechanisms of control of T cell regulatory and effector function in renal transplantation.  He is still associated with Lord Lab. http://www.kidneyresearchuk.org/content/view/92/150/

Dr. Nick Powell
Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow (King's College London)
Honorary Clinical Lecturer (Bart's and the Royal London Hospital)
Consultant in Gastroenterology (Imperial College NHS Trust)

Nick Powell

Nick is a Wellcome Trust intermediate fellow. His main research interests concern gastrointestinal inflammation, particularly immune cell regulation at mucosal surfaces. His clinical training in gastroenterology and internal medicine has taken place in North West London and he still holds a clinical contract at Imperial College NHS Trust. He also holds an honorary clinical lecturer post at Bart's and the Royal London. Nick is an avid supporter of Aston Villa football club.

Dr. James Canavan

Visiting Scientist

James Canavan

James completed his clinical training in gastroenterology and internal medicine at Dublin, Kilkenny and Oxford, before moving to the LORD Lab as a clinical research fellow. His research interests include the role of regulatory T cells and dendritic cells in inflammatory bowel disease. He currently holds a NIHR Doctoral Research Fellowship.  He is now working at Harvard, USA.

Katrina Soderquest
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Katrina Soderquest

Katrina was a PhD student funded by the Biomedical Research Centre at Guyís and St Thomas'.  She is working on Bioinformatics with Dr Ania Koziell.

Dr. Joana Willis
MRC Clinical Training Fellow

Jo is a Specialty Trainee in Nephrology on the South Thames rotation. She spent a few months in the lab as an NHR-funded Academic Clinical Fellow in 2010 and returned in October 2011 to take up a 3-year MRC Clinical Training Fellowship. She is investigating the role of microRNA142 in T regulatory cell development and function, and is also working on the development of novel biomarkers in transplantation.

 Paula Mobillo

Research Assistant

Jonathan Lo
PhD Student

Jon is completing his first year rotations and will re-join LordLab in the Autumn as a full-time PhD student.