Our Staff


Great Ormond Street Hospital Laboratory Medicine provides a service which is led and supported by a range of clinical and technical experts. Please scroll down to find out about our clinical and technical leads or click on one of the links below to navigate directly to a department of interest.

 

Management Team                   
Chemical Pathology
Genetics
Haematology                                
Histopathology
Immunology                                 
Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control

 

 

Management Team


Dr Kimberly Gilmour

Head of Clinical Service

 

Kimberly Gilmour received her BSc from Duke University (USA) and her PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA). She then completed a research fellowship studying T cell development at Cancer Research UK. She was appointed in 1999 to translate her PhD thesis research (STAT signaling) into clinical diagnostics. Since then she has developed and introduced a number of robust tests for diagnosing primary immune deficiency (PID). She has collaborated with the Molecular genetics service to introduce high throughput sequencing to diagnosing PID. She is also involved with a number of gene and cell therapy trials. She holds several research grants focused on developing and introducing novel diagnostics and monitoring for PID.  Kimberly has published over 60 papers and received her FRCPath by publications in 2012.  In her current role, she is Consultant Clinical Scientist and Clinical Lead for the Immunology laboratory (which in conjunction with NE Thames regional genetics provides a nationally funded and recognized service for primary immune deficiency) and Director of Cellular Therapy.   

 

 

Christine Morris

Lead Laboratory Manager

 

Christine is the Senior Laboratory Manager with operational responsibility for Blood Sciences, Blood Transfusion, Immunology, Cell Therapy and the Haematology Cellular and Molecular Diagnostic Service (HCMDS). 

 

Christine also serves as the Lead in Quality and Training for Laboratory Medicine. She has many years experience working in NHS pathology laboratories, commencing her career at the Regional Blood Transfusion Centre in Newcastle Upon Tyne then notably spening 25 years at the Royal London Hospital where she managed the automated Haematology Laboratory with additional responsibilities and special interest in Training and Point of Care Testing. 

 

Christine joined GOSH in 2007 as the Haematology Laboratory Manager. Christine holds a MSc in Haematology and is a Fellow and Chartered Scientist of theInstituteofBiomedical Science.

 

 

Quality Assurance


Wisdom Musabaike

Pathology Lead Quality Assurance and Risk Manager

 

Wisdom Musabaike is the Pathology Lead Quality Assurance and Risk Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust. He is responsible for developing and maintaining safety, risk and quality governance systems across all disciplines in pathology. In this capacity, he has successfully led all Pathology laboratories towards gaining ISO15189 accreditation. Wisdom is actively involved in quality improvement work focusing on reducing paediatric sample rejections due to pre-analytical issues. He also tutors the BioMed Quality Systems Management module at the University of Greenwich. Wisdom has over 19 years of experience as an HCPC registered Biomedical Scientist. He was previously a Chief Biomedical Scientist at Barts Health NHS Trust. He holds BSc, MSc and MBA degrees. He is a Chartered Quality Professional (CQP), Member of Chartered Quality Institute (MCQI) and Member of the Institute of Biomedical Science (MIBMS). 

 


 

Clinical and Technical Leads


 

Chemical Pathology


Helen Aitkenhead

Clinical Lead

 

Helen Aitkenhead is a graduate of Aston University, Birmingham and University of Surrey, Guildford. Helen undertook her clinical scientist training at Charing Cross, St Mary's and Northwick Park Hospitals. Before coming to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Helen worked as a Senior Clinical Scientist at Ealing Hospital. Helen has interests in all aspects of paediatric clinical biochemistry as well as point of care testing, quality management and clinical scientist training.

 

Helen was appointed at GOSH in 2004 where she was Clinical Lead for the Special Routine and Automated Biochemistry. She was appointed as Head of Chemical Pathology and Director of Newborn Bloodspot Screening in 2015.

 


 

Genetics


Lucy Jenkins

Director North East Thames Genetics Laboratories and joint head of Clinical Service for Genetics

 

Lucy is the Director of the Regional Genetics Laboratories and joint head of the Clinical Service. The Molecular Genetics Laboratory, along with Cytogenetics, forms the North East Thames Regional Genetics Laboratories. After graduating in Molecular Biology from Liverpool University Lucy undertook clinical scientist training and registration in the Yorkshire Regional DNA Laboratory, Leeds.  After 8 years she moved to Great Ormond Street Hospital to take up the post of Deputy Head in Molecular Genetics, obtaining Fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists in 2006. Lucy became Head of Service for Regional Molecular Genetics in 2009 and Interim Director of the Genetics Laboratory in 2014. Key interests include the genetics of hearing loss, surfactant protein deficiencies and non-invasive prenatal testing.

 

 


 

Haematology


Dr Ri Liesner

Clinical Lead

 


 

Histopathology 


Professor Tom Jacques

Clinical Lead / Laboratory Director

 

Tom is Professor of Paediatric Neuropathology at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and Clinical Lead/Laboratory Director for the department of histopathology at Great Ormond Street Hospital. He is Editor in Chief of Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology and is the national lead for the Childhood Solid Tumour domain of the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership. His clinical and research interests include tumour pathology, molecular pathology, epilepsy and post-mortem neuropathology. 

 

 

Dr Ashirwad Merve

Consultant Neuropathologist

 

Ashirwad (Ash) joined the department in September 2018. He undertook his Neuropathology and Histopathology post graduate training in London, under the NIHR integrated academic scheme. He attained his FRCPath from The Royal College of Pathologists in 2016 and CCT in Neuropathology in 2018. He holds a Diploma in Legal Medicine from the faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine, The Royal College of Physicians. As an MRC Clinical Research Fellow he has undertaken research on molecular biology of paediatric brain tumour, medulloblastoma, completing PhD from Queen Mary, University of London in 2014. His current research interest is in brain tumours, with growing interest in neuromuscular disorders/skeletal muscle pathology. Ash is also an Honorary Consultant at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (UCLH), Queen Square.       

 

 

Professor Neil Sebire

Consultant Pathologist

 

Professor Neil Sebire is Professor of Paediatric and Developmental Pathology at ICH/UCL and Consultant Paediatric Pathologist at GOSH. Having initially trained in Obstetrics and Fetal Medicine, he trained in diagnostic pathology and now has research interests in placental pathology, paediatric tumour diagnosis and investigation of infant deaths.

 

 

Dr Liina Palm

Consultant Pathologist

 

Dr Liina Palm undertook her training in general Histopathology in Estonia and gained her paediatric and perinatal training through apprenticeships in different countries, including Germany, Sweden and the Unites States. In 2004 Liina took up a post of a full time Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Pathologist at Barts and The London NHS Trust and since January 2012 she is a Consultant Paediatric Pathologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is the Clinical Lead for gastrointestinal pathology. Liina is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology (by nomination) and has a Diploma of Medical Jurisprudence in Pathology (2016).

 

Liina has a wide experience in paediatric autopsy pathology, including specialist autopsy work for HM Coroners and for the Metropolitan Police. Her main area of interest is sudden infant death (SUDI) and related issues.

 

 

Dr Samantha Levine

Consultant Pathologist

 

Dr Samantha Levine is the Clinical Lead for Histopathology. She initially trained in psychiatry in the USA, and retrained in diagnostic pathology in the UK. She has worked as a Consultant Paediatric and Perinatal Consultant at St George's and St Thomas' hospitals in London before moving to GOSH in 2016. Special interests include placental and gastrointestinal pathology and the perinatal autopsy service.

 

 

Dr Ciaran Hutchinson 

Consultant Pathologist

 

Dr. Ciaran Hutchinson completed his medical education at Newcastle University in 2010 and began training in histopathology at Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary in 2012.  He went on to complete a PhD fellowship at Great Ormond Street Hospital & UCL GOS-ICH with Prof. Sebire, which focused on the development of minimally invasive paediatric and fetal autopsy, including micro-CT autopsy examination. During his fellowship, he co-authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications, was invited to speak internationally, and was awarded the Royal College of Pathologists Silver Medal for Research. Ciaran also holds a postgraduate diploma in Forensic Medical Sciences from the Society of Apothecaries and an MRes in Medical and Molecular Bioscience.  Ciaran obtained his FRCPath in 2020. His main areas of interest include heart disease in children, paediatric oncology, micro-CT and sudden infant death.

 

 

Dr Thivya Sekar

Consultant Pathologist

 

Thivya joined the department in September 2017. She undertook her general histopathology and Paediatric and Perinatal Pathology training in London. She attained her FRCPath from The Royal College of Pathologists in 2015 and CCT in 2017. She is a member of BRIPPA and the Paediatric Pathology Society. Her special interests include renal, heart and pulmonary disease in children.

 

 

Glenn Anderson

Clinical Electron Microscopist

 

Glenn Anderson provides an ultrastructural diagnostic service to GOSH and other institutions in the UK and abroad. Electron microscopy is of value in the diagnosis of renal, neuromuscular and lysosomal storage disorders as well as other rare paediatric diseases. Glenn also has a particular interest in metabolic disorders including the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses and leads one of the few units in Europe to provide a prenatal diagnostic service for these conditions.

Glenn actively collaborates with clinical and scientific colleagues in research projects on a variety of topics, where ultrastructural morphology may aid understanding of disease processes and etiology.

 


 

Immunology


Dr Kimberly Gilmour

Clinical Lead

 

Kimberly Gilmour received her BSc from Duke University (USA) and her PhD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (USA). She then completed a research fellowship studying T cell development at Cancer Research UK. She was appointed in 1999 to translate her PhD thesis research (STAT signaling) into clinical diagnostics. Since then she has developed and introduced a number of robust tests for diagnosing primary immune deficiency (PID). She has collaborated with the Molecular genetics service to introduce high throughput sequencing to diagnosing PID. She is also involved with a number of gene and cell therapy trials. She holds several research grants focused on developing and introducing novel diagnostics and monitoring for PID.  Kimberly has published over 60 papers and received her FRCPath by publications in 2012.  In her current role, she is Consultant Clinical Scientist and Clinical Lead for the Immunology laboratory (which in conjunction with NE Thames regional genetics provides a nationally funded and recognized service for primary immune deficiency) and Director of Cellular Therapy.   

 


 

Microbiology, Virology and Infection Control


Dr James Hatcher

Clinical Lead

 

James Hatcher is a Consultant Microbiologist and Clinical Lead for Microbiology. He obtained his medical degree from Sheffield University and went on to specialise in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology/Virology. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and Royal College of Physicians. He has completed a diploma in Tropical Medicine and a Masters in Clinical Microbiology. His main interests are in treatment of complex paediatric infection, treatment of resistant Gram negative infection, and antimicrobial stewardship. He is an examiner for the Royal College of Pathologists and has published numerous peer reviewed articles and book chapters. As clinical lead in microbiology at GOSH, James strives to lead a highly specialised and high quality diagnostic service to the children at GOSH.

 

 

Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green

Consultant Clinical Scientist / Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control / Lead Healthcare Scientist

 

Dr Elaine Cloutman-Green is a Consultant Clinical Scientist working within Infection Prevention and Control and Lead Healthcare Scientist at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).  She started her Clinical Scientist training in 2004 in Microbiology and in 2007 she specialised in Infection Prevention and Control.  Her research focusses on the development and implementation of rapid molecular typing schemes and investigation of the role of the environment in transmission of infection.  She is the Chair of the Environmental Network, an Executive Member of the Society for Applied Microbiology, member of the ACB Microbiology Professionals Committee, and Country Ambassador for the American Society of Microbiology.  She also holds strategic positions as Diagnostic Lead for the NIHR CRN Infection National Specialty Group, alongside membership of the NHS England AMR Programme Board and London Clinical Senate Council.  In 2021 she was awarded the British Empire Medal for services to healthcare.  Follow @girlymicro on Twitter.

 

 

Dr Garth Dixon

Consultant Microbiologist

 

Garth Dixon is expert Paediatric Microbiologist and currently Lead Clinician for the Department of Microbiology, Virology and Infection Prevention and Control.  He has been a consultant at GOHS for five years.

Garth Dixon trained in paediatrics for six years and worked as a general paediatric registrar until undergoing training in Microbiology at the Royal Free Hospital then GOSH.  He obtained MRCPath in 2006 and took up a consultant post that year. Garth Dixon was awarded his PhD in 2000 at ICH

Garth has a special interest in using the latest molecular techniques, including whole genome sequencing, to better define how certain bacteria are able to cause more severe disease than others. Garth maintains a research interests in pathogenesis of Meningococcal disease, specifically, designing novel vaccines to help prevent the disease and also investigating how the bacterium induces damage to the blood vessel walls in severe forms of the disease.

 

 

Dr Surjo De

Consultant Microbiologist

 

 

Dr James Soothill

Consultant Microbiologist

 

James Soothill has been a consultant Microbiologist at GOSH for over ten years. He is responsible for the development of antibiotic policy and surveillance of infections of central venous catheters. His interests include the prevention of central venous catheter infection as well as the development for novel methods for the detection and control of  infection by antibiotic resistant bacteria.

 

 


 

 

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