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Dr Heinke Kunst, MD, MRCP, MSc


Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine



Heinke Kunst trained as a specialist registrar in Respiratory Medicine in the North Thames London rotation. She subsequently did an MSc and Diploma in Tropical Medicine at the LSHTM. In 2005 she was appointed as Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, she was tuberculosis lead and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Heinke joined QMUL in 2015 to develop a clinical research group in tuberculosis.


Heinke Kunst is a Senior Lecturer at Barts and the London School of Medicine, Queen Mary University and Honorary Consultant in Respiratory Medicine at Barts Health NHS trust. She is the Research and development lead for Respiratory Medicine of the CAG (Clinical Academic Group) at Barts Health. Her main research interest is in migrant Health and Translational Research Themes in tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection.



Heinke Kunst has personal teaching responsibilities of undergraduate students in small and large groups as well as supervision of postgraduate students. She is participating in QMUL OSCE exams and PBL sessions. and is educational supervisor for postgraduate doctors.



Research Interests:

Heinke Kunst is chief investigator of the CATAPULT trial “Can latent tuberculosis infection be treated effectively and safely in Primary care?” which is a cluster RCT comparing treatment of LTBI migrants in primary care vs secondary care.




Maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity associated with tuberculosis during pregnancy and the postpartum period: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

BJOG. 2016 Nov 11. doi: 10.1111/1471-0528.14408. Review


Tuberculosis and latent tuberculosis infection screening in migrants in Europe: comparative analysis of policies, surveillance systems and results

invited paper submitted for publication IJTLD 2017


Treatment Outcomes in Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis.

N Engl J Med. 2016 Sep 15;375(11):1103-5. doi: 10.1056/NEJMc1603274


To view Dr Kunst's publications see the following:


Research fellows

  1. Dr. Matt Burman MD student
  2. Dr. Dev Vaghela Research fellow


Research nurses

  1. Vicky Hickson
  2. Nirmala Ghimire
  3.  Trial coordinator Aysha Khanom
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