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Lorna Kennedy is a Senior Scientist within the Centre for Integrated Genomic Medical Research.


Lorna graduated with a BA in Zoology from the University of Oxford in 1976, and an MA followed in 1980. She then worked in the field of human immunogenetics with Sir Walter Bodmer for over 15 years, firstly in the Genetics department, University of Oxford, and then at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London. During this time she established an international reputation for the high quality of her research.

Lorna moved to the University of Manchester in 1993 to work with Professor Bill Ollier in the internationally renowned Arthritis Research Campaign’s Epidemiology Research Unit. In 1996 the focus of her research moved to canine immunogenetics, and she was awarded a PhD in 2000 for her work in this area.

Lorna is currently the chair of both the canine and feline MHC nomenclature committees.

Research interests

Over the last 11 years Dr Kennedy’s research interests have remained focussed on comparative immunogenetics, mainly investigating the Major Histocompatibility Complex (MHC) in dogs. Other species investigated include grey wolf, coyote, Ethiopian wolf, other wild canids, domestic cat, several wild felids, horse, zebra, donkey, chicken, red jungle fowl and several types of vole (water, bank and field). She has had to develop new technologies to characterise the MHC in companion animals. Her research has largely been aimed at investigating the genetic basis of common complex disorders in companion animals, including rheumatic diseases, inflammatory and autoimmune conditions, neurocognitive disorders, and response to infection and vaccination.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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