To dystrophin and beyond: an interview with Louis Kunkel

Dis Model Mech. 2019 Dec 12;13(2):dmm043018. doi: 10.1242/dmm.043018.


Louis Kunkel has devoted his career to understanding the causes, mechanisms and treatment of muscular dystrophies. Dr Kunkel is the past Director of the Genomics Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. In this interview, he talks about his discovery of dystrophin, including patients in preclinical research, and bearded irises.

Keywords: Genetic disease; Interview; Neuromuscular disease.

Publication types

  • Autobiography
  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Interview
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Dystrophin / genetics*
  • History, 20th Century
  • History, 21st Century
  • Humans
  • Muscular Dystrophies / history*


  • Dystrophin

Personal name as subject

  • Louis Kunkel