MRC Human Genetics Unit
Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit

Toby Hurd Research Group

Genetics of Ciliopathy

Dr Toby Hurd - IGC Chancellor's Fellow

Section: Disease Mechanisms

Research in a Nutshell 

A growing number of human genetic diseases termed “ciliopathies” arise due to mutations in genes that regulate the formation or function of a microtubule-based organelle termed the cilium. Cilia regulate a diverse array of cellular functions critical to development, tissue homeostasis and sensory perception. The most common ciliopathies affect the kidney, manifesting as progressive loss of renal function in both children (nephronophthisis, ARPKD) and adults (ADPKD) ultimately leading to renal failure, dialysis and kidney transplant. Moreover, extra-renal manifestations such as retinal degeneration (progressive loss of visual acuity) are frequently observed in syndromic ciliopathies. We wish to understand at the molecular and organismal level how mutation of causative genes alters cellular function and ultimately leads to onset and progression of disease.

Research Programme: Genetics of Ciliopathy



Dr Toby Hurd

Group Leader

Abigail Little

PhD Student

Rodanthi Lyraki 

PhD Student

Elisa Parish Research Fellow
Kassiani Skouloudaski Research Fellow


Partners and Funders

  • University of Edinburgh IGMM Chancellor’s Fellowship
  • RP Fighting Blindness

Scientific Themes

cilia, kidney, retina