Blizard Institute - Barts and The London

Professor Paul Kelly


Professor of Tropical Gastroenterology

Telephone: 020 7882 2643



Professor Paul Kelly started off in the Blizard as a Senior Lecturer in Gastroenterology between 1998-2003, after which he moved on to become a  Reader in Tropical Gastroenterology between 2003-2013.

He has  undergone a number of Specialist training and General Professional training, a few of which are:

Wellcome Trust Training Fellow and Honorary Senior Registrar in Gastroenterology, Prof Farthing, Drs Fairclough, Kumar, Patchett, St Bartholomew's and Royal London Hospitals, London, July 1995 - October 1998 (9 months spent in SpR posts as below)

Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology and General Medicine (Dr EM Alstead, Dr A Sawyerr) and HIV medicine (Dr R Melville), Whipps Cross Hospital, London E11 (Aug - Oct 1997)

Specialist Registrar in Gastroenterology and General Medicine, Dr MJ Glynn, Dr J Powell-Tuck, Dr CP Swain, The Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, London E1 (Jan - Jul 1997)

GP Training:

SHO Medical Rotation, Charing Cross Hospital, May 1988- Oct 1989

SHO in Accident and Emergency, Whipps Cross Hospital (Aug 87 - Jan 88)



Professor Paul Kelly is currently a Professor of Tropical Gastroenterology at Bart & The London, previously he was a Reader in Tropical Gastroenterology from 2003-2013.

He was also a Wellcome Trust senior Fellow in Zambia after completing research training with Professor Michael Farthing, where he developed an interest in tropical gasteroenterology. Prior to this he was a postgraduate in London following having been an undergraduate in London and previously in Oxford.






Masters, clinical trainee and PhD-level teaching
Topics for PhD supervision
  • Nutrients and intestinal host defence
  • Nutrients and oral vaccination
  • Epidemiology of intestinal infections in Africa


Research Interests:

Professor Paul Kelly's current Research interests comprises of:

Biomarkers of environmental enteropathy. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. PI.

The role of enteropathy in the pathogenesis of severe acute malnutrition in HIV-infected African children. Co-investigator with PI Andrew Prendergast. MRC.

Step-Hep: Step-down treatment for Hepatitis B infection in Zambian adults: a pilot study. Co-PI with PI Graham Foster. MRC.


 Professor Paul Kelly has published a number of articles over the years.

A few of which are the five most recent:

Kelly P, Besa E, Zyambo K, Louis-Auguste J, Lees J, Banda T, Soko R, Banda R, Amadi B, Watson A. Endomicroscopic and transcriptomic analysis of impaired barrier function and malabsorption in environmental enteropathy. PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2016; 10: e0004600. doi:10.1371/journal.pntd.0004600.

Faubion WA, Camilleri MC, Murray, JA, Kelly P, Kozek M, Enders F, Larson J, Boe, G, Dyer R, Singh R. A Lactulose, rhamnose assay of intestinal permeability in the assessment of Environmental Enteric Dysfunction. BMJ Global Health; in press.

Munkombwe D, Mungo TL, Michelo C, Kelly P, Chirwa S, Filteau S. Lipid-based nutrient supplements containing vitamins and minerals attenuate renal electrolyte loss in HIV/AIDS patients starting antiretroviral therapy: a randomized controlled trial in Zambia. Clin Nutr; in press. doi: 10.1016/j.clnesp.2016.03.002.

Chisenga CC, Kelly P. T Cell subset profile in healthy Zambian adults at the University Teaching Hospital. Pan African Medical Journal; in press.


Praygod G, Blevins M, Woodd S, Rehman A, Jeremiah K, Friis H, Kelly P, Changalucha J, Heimburger D, Filteau S, Koethe J. A longitudinal study of systemic inflammation and recovery of lean body mass among malnourished HIV-infected adults starting antiretroviral therapy in Tanzania and Zambia. Eur J Clin Nutr 2016; 70: 499-504. doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2015.221.



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