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Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Dr Kristin Braun, BA (Bradley University), PhD (University of Wisconsin-Madison), SFHEA


Reader in Epithelial Cell Biology; Director of Education

Centre: Cell Biology and Cutaneous Research

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 2350


Kristin was awarded a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 2000 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she investigated cell biology of hepatic disease.  She then trained as a postdoctoral fellow at Cancer Research UK, elucidating characteristics of the epidermal stem cell compartment.  Kristin joined the Blizard Institute in 2006 and was promoted to Reader in 2019.  She has been awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Kristin is involved in many aspects of biomedical education. Key roles include Director of Education (Blizard Institute), Head of Graduate Entry Medicine, and Course Director for the MSc Regenerative Medicine. In addition, she contributes to widening participation activities, including delivery of the Centre of the Cell Summer School.

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Leadership roles

  • Director of Education, Blizard Institute
  • Head of Graduate Entry Medicine
  • Course Director, MSc Regenerative Medicine
  • Chair, MBBS Part 3 Subject Examination Board 

Modules led

  • Stem cell and developmental biology (ICM7142)
  • Research project in regenerative medicine (ICM7146)
  • Stem cells and regenerative medicine (BMD363)


Research Interests:

Research interests include characterising regulation of epithelial stem cells during tissue homeostasis, and evaluating how these mechanisms become deregulated during wound healing and disease pathogenesis.


Maruthappu T, McGinty LA, Blaydon DC, Fell B, Määttä A, Duit R, Hawkins T, Braun KM, Simpson MA, O'Toole EA, and Kelsell DP. Recessive Mutation in FAM83G Associated with Palmoplantar Keratoderma and Exuberant Scalp Hair. 2018. J Invest Dermatol. 138(4): 984-987.

Nogueira, A.T., Braun K.M., Carabeo, R.A. Characterisation of the growth of Chlamydia trachomatis in in vivo-generated stratified epithelium. 2017. Front Cell Infect Microbiol. 7:438.

Akinduro, O., Sully, K., Patel, A., Robinson, D.J., Chikh, A., McPhail, G., Braun, K.M., Philpott, M.P., Harwood, C.A., Byrne, C., O’Shaughnessy, R.F., and Bergamaschi, D. Constitutive autophagy and nucleophagy during epidermal differentiation. 2016. J Invest Dermatol. 136(7): 1460-70.

Theocharidis, G., Drymoussi, Z., Kao, A.P., Barber, A.H., Lee, D.A., Braun, K.M. and Connelly, J.T.  Type VI Collagen Regulates Dermal Matrix Assembly and Fibroblast Motililty. 2016. J Invest Dermatol. 136(1): 74-83.

All publications

Public Engagement

  • STEMnet Ambassador (
  • Volunteer at Centre of The Cell (
  • Centre of the Cell Summer School, Blizard Institute Academic Organiser
  • Royal Society funded partnership grant with West Byfleet Infant School