Respiratory medicine (lung)
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She trained in medicine at Royal Free Hospital, London University, and then held a number of senior house officer and registrar posts at Royal Brompton Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Guys Hospital and the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. She trained across a range of disciplines including respiratory, cardiology, renal, neurology, infectious disease and general internal medicine.

Dr Boyton was awarded a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship to study mechanisms of T cell activation in Th1 and Th2 responses at Imperial College London.

Having been awarded her PhD, she then completed her clinical training at Royal Brompton, Royal Free, and St Mary’s Hospitals. She was then awarded an MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship to develop inducible, lung-targeted models of lung inflammation.

She established the Lung Immunology Group on the South Kensington campus of Imperial College London to study immune mechanisms in infectious and allergic lung inflammation and remodelling.

Areas of expertise

Dr Boyton’s clinical expertise covers the areas of respiratory infection, asthma, general respiratory medicine and general internal medicine.

Dr Boyton also has specialist expertise in: 

  • chronic lung infection
  • non-CF bronchiectasis
  • primary ciliary dyskinesia
  • primary immunodeficiency
  • non-tuberculosis mycobacterial
  • aspergillus infection of the lung.

Research interests

Dr Boyton is head of the Lung Immunology Group in the section of infectious disease and immunity, department of medicine, Imperial College London. The group is focused on understanding the role of innate and adaptive immunity in allergic and infectious inflammation in the lung. 

She is also a principal investigator in the Centre for Respiratory Infection, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and the Medical Research Council & Asthma UK Centre for Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma.


Dr Boyton is the postgraduate director for the prestigious four-year Masters/PhD training programme of the Medical Research Council & Asthma UK Centre for Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma.