GM Science Review Panel - Members' Interests

Dr Michael Antoniou

Graduated from the University of Oxford (Hertford College), biochemistry, 1977. Obtained PhD in molecular biology from the University of Reading, 1980. After 10 years at the National Institute for Medical Research (Mill Hill, London), took up lectureship in molecular pathology within the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy's and St Thomas's hospitals in 1994 (later assimilated into King's College London). Currently Reader in Molecular Genetics, Division of Genetics and Development, GKT School of Medicine, King's College London, Guy's Campus. I have over 20 years ongoing experience in the use of GM technology to investigate the control of mammalian and in particular human gene systems. Main research interests are the organisation and regulation of human gene systems at a genetic, epigenetic and post-transcriptional level of control leading to clinical applications, namely the industrial production of therapeutic proteins and gene therapy for inherited diseases (e.g. muscular dystrophy, haemoglobinopathies). Wide range of research collaborations within academia and industry both nationally and internationally. Extensive publication record and co-inventor on a number of patents covering gene expression systems for clinical use. Actively engaged in the public debate on GM food technology since 1996. I have been called upon in an advisory capacity regarding technical issues associated with GM food development by NGOs (see below), local groups and members of all major (and some minor) political parties.

Members have declared personal and non-personal interests, that are current or within the last 5 years as follows:

Personal Interests
(i.e. those involving payment to the member personally)

Non-Personal Interests

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King's College London Reader in Molecular Genetics British Society of Gene Therapy Member

United Medical & Dental Schools, Guy's & St Thomas's Hospital

GM Safety Officer, 1995-1999 European Society of Gene Therapy Member
Royal Holloway College Visiting Lecturer Soil Association Member
BBSRC Member, Genes and Developmental Biology grant review board Henry Doubleday Research Association Member
ML Laboratories plc Advisor and research collaborator Independent Science Panel Member
Various NGOs (including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, RSPB, GeneWatch UK, Soil Association) Advisor
BBSRC Source of research funds
European Union Source of research funds
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, UK Source of research funds
UK Thalassaemia Society Source of research funds
Medical Research Council Source of research funds
ML Laboratories plc Collaborator & source of research funds
Transgene SA Collaborator