Mr Kenny Roberts

DPhil Candidate in Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics

Kenny graduated from St Hilda’s College, Oxford in 2014 with a first-class undergraduate master’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

During this degree, he completed two research projects on the genetic regulation of human cellular energy provision. He was then awarded a Medical Research Council PhD Studentship in order to continue this work as a doctoral student. He has since secured additional funding in the form of a Goodger and Schorstein Research Scholarship in Medical Sciences.

Research interests

Kenny’s research focuses on the pathways via which energy is released in human cells, and particularly the genetic regulation of these. His work centres on a novel gene that has regulatory influence on components of the mitochondrial electron transport chain. Since energy provision and usage is central to all levels of human health, defects in energy metabolism have implications for a wide variety of diseases, including Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases, obesity, cancer, diabetes, and neurometabolic diseases such as Leigh syndrome. Kenny hopes to transfer his work along this translational pathway, applying his findings to the treatment of disease.