Professor Robert Taylor
Professor of Mitochondrial Pathology

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  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3685
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 282 4373
  • Address: Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research
    Institute of Neuroscience
    The Medical School
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE2 4HH

Roles and Responsibilities

Head of Laboratory, Newcastle Mitochondrial Diagnostic Service and Professor of Mitochondrial Pathology, Newcastle University
Co-ordinating Consultant Clinical Scientist, UK NHS Highly Specialised Rare Mitochondrial Disease Service of Adults and Children
Senior Tutor, Faculty MRes programmes and Faculty Graduate School Executive


BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (Newcastle University)
PhD (Newcastle University) 

DSc (Newcastle University)




Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists
British Society of Genetic Medicine
Society for the Study of Inborn Errors of Metabolism

World Muscle Society

British Inherited Metabolic Disease Group

American Society of Human Genetics

The Pathological Society of Great Britain and Ireland

Research Interests

My research activities are focussed around three main areas. First, my laboratory provides a national diagnostic service offering specialist biochemical and molecular genetic testing for patients with suspected mitochondrial disorders. This diagnostic work links very closely with my second area of interest - the study of disease pathogenesis, underlying molecular mechanisms and the correlation between mitochondrial genotype and clinical phenotype. Finally, we are exploiting many of the molecular assays set up to investigate patient samples to study the role of somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations in ageing and cancer, with a particular emphasis on their accumulation in human colonic crypt stem cells (see Taylor et al. (2003) J. Clin. Invest. 112, 1351-1360)


The Wellcome Trust
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign
Food Standards Agency
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tyneside Leukaemia Research Association
Department of Health

Undergraduate Teaching

BMS3013 Diseases of the Human Nervous System (Module Leader)

Postgraduate Teaching

M.Res. in Medical and Molecular Biosciences
NEU801 Scientific basis of neurological disease