Professor Gisli Jenkins - RB&HH Education

Professor Gisli Jenkins

Respiratory physician
Manages interstitial lung disease, as well as a scientist studying how the lung responds to injury to understand what drive progressive pulmonary fibrosis, repair and regeneration.

Professor Gisli Jenkins completed his medical training at University of Southampton before undertaking postgraduate training in respiratory medicine in London.

During this time, he undertook basic scientific training funded by an ARC fellowship and obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from University College London before doing post-doctoral studies at University of California at San Francisco funded by an ARC Clinician Scientist Fellowship.

In 2021, Professor Jenkins moved to Imperial College, London to lead the Margaret Turner Warwick Centre for Fibrosing Lung Disease at the National Heart and Lung Institute.

Currently, he is the Familial Pulmonary Fibrosis lead for the Genomics England Clinical Interpretation Partnership in Respiratory Medicine and is Post Hospitalisation (PHOSP)-COVID study Fibrosis Working Group lead, also leading the UK interstitial Lung Disease consortium.

Clinical expertise

Professor Jenkins’ clinical and research focus is onĀ­ interstitial lung disease and idiopathic fibrosis.

The three major themes of his research are:

  • understanding the functional consequences of genetic risk factors for the development and progression of pulmonary fibrosis
  • using pre-clinical models of disease to try and therapeutically manipulate molecular pathways to precent the development or profession of fibrosis
  • undertaking detailed assessment of patient cohort with fibrotic disease, or potentially fibrotic disease to understand the risk factors and biomarkers that may predict the development of repair, or fibrosis.
Publications and memberships

Professor Gisli Jenkins has been the joint editor-in-chief of the official journal of the British Thoracic Society since 2015 and was chair of the British Thoracic Society Science and Research Committee from 2016-2018.

In addition, he is also the President of Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and is the Principle Investigator of the Global REMAP-ILD study.

Professor Jenkins has sat on several American Thoracic Society Committees and is co-chair of the International Colloquium of Lung and Airway Fibrosis.

Additionally, he is a founding Trustee of the patient charity Action for Pulmonary Fibrosis and is the clinical lead for the James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership.


In 2020, Professor Gisli Jenkins was awarded the European Society Gold Medal in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.