Somnath Mukhopadhyay

Year Qualified:1983

Speciality: Paediatric Respiratory Medicine

Professional Memberships: Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Clinical Interests: Asthma, Allergy and Cystic fibrosis

Professor Mukhopadhyay is Chair of Paediatrics for the Brighton and Sussex Medical School and the Royal Alexandra Children's Hospital. Known as "Prof" at the Alex, his main research interest lies in improving the understanding of the mechanisms underlying asthma and allergy in children and adolescents – through the study of the natural experiments of gene-environmental interactions. His research maintains a particular interest in pharmacogenetics (gene interactions with medical use) and the development of novel therapies in the future.
Professor Mukhopadhyay qualified at the University of Calcutta in India. From 1989 to 1992, he was Cystic Fibrosis Clinical Research Fellow (honorary registrar) at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, University of Bristol. He then became a clinical lecturer (honorary senior registrar) at the Department of Child Health, University of Dundee. Between 1994 and 1997, he was  Welcome Trust Advanced Research Training Fellow (honorary senior registrar), also at the University of Dundee.
Professor Mukhopadhyay and his colleagues have recently discovered a common genetic defect that contributes to poor skin and mucosal barrier function, facilitating allergen entry, and leading to a profoundly increased risk for these conditions.
His current research aims to further unravel the wider picture of gene-environment interactions and their role in guiding treatment for childhood eczema and asthma. Together with colleagues from Brighton and Dundee, Prof has recently secured £200,000 of funding from national children's charity SPARKS for a three-year joint project.
He has also published extensively in journals including PLoS Medicine, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Allergy, Clinical and Translational Science, Social Science & Medicine, Disability and Rehabilitation, and Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
Please click here for Professor Mukhopadhyay's Editorial on Asthma.