Professor Chitty is in the unique position of being the only UK Professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine, and was appointed to this chair at the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health in 2009.
She is also Consultant in Fetal Medicine at UCLH NHS Foundation Trust. She has published extensively on prenatal diagnosis and ultrasound screening of fetal abnormalities, specifically skeletal abnormalities, and was responsible for creating the fetal size standards now in use throughout the UK and beyond.
Her main current research interest is prenatal genetic diagnosis based on analysis of cell free DNA in maternal blood. She led the NIHR-funded programme which developed the standards for routine implementation of this exciting new technology.