Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine
Centre for Genomic & Experimental Medicine

Chris Boyd Research Group

Development of pulmonary gene therapy approaches to treat cystic fibrosis and other genetic diseases

Section: Genetic and Experimental Medicine

Dr Chris Boyd - Reader

Research in a Nutshell

Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a common genetic disease that affects around 10,500 people in the UK. It results from a mutated version of the CFTR gene causing the build-up of thick sticky mucus in the lungs which become repeatedly infected and inflamed, leading to respiratory failure. In 2001, research groups in London, Oxford and Edinburgh, including the CF Gene Therapy Group in CGEM, formed the UK CF Gene Therapy Consortium (www.cfgenetherapy.org.uk) to develop gene therapy for CF lung disease.

There are two main research fronts. In Wave 1, our nonviral product (pGM169/GL67A) has been tested in a Phase IIb clinical trial conducted in London and Edinburgh, and was shown to arrest the decline in lung function (Alton et al, 2015, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 3:684-691). In Wave 2, we are developing a lentiviral vector (rSIV.F/HN) which is more efficient at delivering transgenes to the lung. Wave 2 research is in the preclinical stage, and my Group's main roles are to assess how safe the use of rSIV.F/HN in people is likely to be by studying how the integrated viral DNA interacts with the genome of its target cells, and to monitor CFTR expression from transduced cells.

Research Programme: Development of Pulmonary Gene Therapy

Research in a Nutshell

C.Boyd group


Dr Chris Boyd Group Leader
Ann Doherty Clinical Trial Lab Manager
Paul Dickinson Research Fellow




  • Dr Gerry McLachlan, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr David Collie, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Eric Alton, Imperial College London
  • Prof Jane Davies, Imperial College London
  • Prof Uta Griesenbach, Imperial College London
  • Dr Deborah Gill, University of Oxford
  • Dr Steve Hyde, University of Oxford
  • Prof David Sheppard, University of Bristol
  • Dr Kevin Dhalewal, University of Edinburgh
  • Dr Pleasantine Mill, University of Edinburgh
  • Prof Donald Salter, University of Edinburgh

Partners and Funders

  • Cystic Fibrosis Trust
  • Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  • Just Gene Therapy, Flutterby Fundraisers and other charities

Scientific Themes

Translational Medicine, Gene Therapy, Synthetic Biology, Recombinant DNA Technology, Airway Cell Biology, Immunohistochemistry, Genotoxicity

Technology Expertise

Pre-clinical development of gene therapy, vectorology, genomic engineering and synthetic biology