Dr Jonathan R Kerr BSc, MBBCh, MD, PhD, FRCPath
Dr Jonathan R Kerr BSc, MBBCh, MD, PhD, FRCPath.
Sir Joseph Hotung Clinical Senior Lecturer in Inflammation
Hon. Consultant in Microbiology
St George’s University of London
London SW17 0RE.
Jonathan Kerr was born in Ireland in 1963, qualified in medicine from Queen’s University of Belfast (1987), and completed training as a medical microbiologist (1995). He has worked as a microbiologist in Belfast, Manchester and London, taking up post as a Consultant Senior Lecturer in Microbiology at Royal Brompton Hospital / Imperial College in June 2001, and then Sir Joseph Hotung Clinical Senior Lecturer in Inflammation at St George’s University of London in 2005.
His interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) began during a study of parvovirus B19 infection, when he showed that a percentage of infected cases developed CFS which persisted for several years. He is now the principal investigator in a programme of research on CFS. This involves determination and validation of a mRNA and miRNA gene signature of CFS, characterisation of genomic subtypes of CFS, their possible links with microbial infections, and study of SNPs in CFS. He is also involved with gene expression studies of Gulf War Illness (GWI).