Imperial College London

Dr Richard J Hewitt

Faculty of MedicineNational Heart & Lung Institute

Research Postgraduate



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Richard is a Specialty Trainee in Respiratory Medicine currently undertaking a clinical research training fellowship supported by the Imperial College Clinician- Investigator Scholarship programme. He is studying epithelial - macrophage interactions in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) in the NHLI's Inflammation, Repair and Development (IRD) Section. His PhD project is supervised by Professor Clare Lloyd, Professor Toby Maher and Dr Adam Byrne. 

For his research he performs bronchoscopies to collect samples from patients and healthy volunteers at the Royal Brompton Hospital. He uses culture models and immunofluorescence imaging techniques to study epithelial cells and fibroblasts in vitro. In collaboration with Anne O'Garra at the Francis Crick Institute he performs RNA-sequencing of airway samples.

Richard qualified from Imperial College Medical School in 2011 with distinctions in clinical science and clinical practice. He completed an intercalated BSc in Respiratory Science in 2009 achieving first class honours. For his BSc project he investigated genetic susceptibility to acute lung injury after cardiopulmonary bypass which cultivated a strong interest in medical research. He presented his findings at the British Thoracic Society Winter Meeting and won the Royal Society of Medicine 'Young Respiratory Investigator' national student prize in 2009. 

He completed his Foundation and Core Medical Training in North West London, achieving MRCP(UK) in 2014. In conjunction with his postgraduate medical training he has pursued clinical research projects and published journal articles on a range of topics.

To gain protected time to pursue scientific research during his clinical training, Richard was appointed to a competitive NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship post in Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College in 2015. In conjunction with this he completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Genomics Medicine at Imperial College 2016/17.

Richard has maintained close links with Imperial College since he qualified. He holds an honorary teaching association and has taught students at different stages of their medical degree on the 'Problem Based Learning' and 'Personal and Professional Development' courses. He mentors as a Personal Tutor.

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Hewitt RJ, Molyneaux PL, 2017, The respiratory microbiome in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis., Ann Transl Med, Vol:5, ISSN:2305-5839

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