Jennifer Morgan is a Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Professor of Cell Biology in the Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre, Molecular Neurosciences Section, Developmental Neurosciences Programme, University College London Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health. She is a member of the muscular dystrophy exon skipping (MDEX) consortium where she is involved in the analysis of dystrophin exon skipping and dystrophin protein production in cells and muscles of patients treated with antisense oligonucleotides in clinical trials. She is also a PI of the MRC Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases, a partnership between the UCL Institutes of Neurology and Child Health and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, directed by Professor Michael Hanna at the UCL Institute of Neurology. The aim of the centre is to perform multidisciplinary translational research in neuromuscular diseases in order to reduce the gap between major science discoveries and patient benefit.
She graduated from King’s College London with a BSc in zoology and did her PhD in pathology at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School. After postdoctoral appointments at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and at the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre, Imperial College London, she joined The Dubowitz Neuromuscular Group at Imperial College London, as a Senior Lecturer before moving to University College London Institute of Child Health as a Reader in 2008 and Chair in 2013. The main areas of her research are the identification of stem cells that contribute to skeletal muscle regeneration, and the genetic and functional manipulation of these cell populations to enhance muscle repair in skeletal muscle regenerative medicine and in the treatment of muscular dystrophies.