Institute of Neuroscience

Mitochondrial Research

Mitochondrial Research

The Wellcome Trust Centre aims to establish a world-leading Centre dedicated to the biology of mitochondria in health and disease and so make a major difference to the lives of patients with disease caused by mitochondrial dysfunction.

The mitochondrial research group in Newcastle has had a long tradition of integrating international quality research with the training of excellent young scientists, and more recently of engaging with policymakers, our patients and the public.

Mitochondrial dysfunction can cause multisystem disease, it has been linked to common degenerative disorders and the process of ageing. Our research here in Newcastle brings together ground-breaking laboratory studies with clinical research to understand the fundamental mechanisms and genetics of mitochondrial function in health and disease with a view to treatment and improving the lives of patients suffering from mitochondrial disorders.

The research areas of the principal investigators reflect the clinical, diagnostic and pure science backgrounds that makes this grouping a successful and synergistic combination. The projects cover a wide breadth of activity spanning bench to bedside and back again with the study of fundamental molecular mechanisms relevant to all cells to diagnosis of the pathogenesis in specific brain, nerve, eye or other cells with a longer term view to generating therapies or treatments.

For more information go to: Wellcome Trust Centre for Mitochondrial Research

To illustrate the research being undertaken in this theme below are a selection of current projects:

Staff List

Dr Rawaa Al-Faresi
Research Associate

Dr Charlotte Alston
Visiting Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2228877

Dr Mark Baker
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

Karen Baty
Mitochondrial Diagnostic Technician

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8877

Laura Boyd
Bioresource Technician

Dr Lyndsey Butterworth
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44(0)191 2086291

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8028

Dr Fei Gao
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 01912088454

Dr Iffath Ghouri
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: 01912088454

Amy Giltrap
Laboratory Technician

Hazel Glass
Administrator (MRG)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3084

Dr Grainne Gorman
Clinical Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6365

Dr John Grady
Guest Status

Dr Laura Greaves
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6291

Dr Dan Hipps
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Dave Houghton
Research Associate

Paula Hynd
Senior Res Associate(Research Dietician)

Ana Ion
Marie Sklodowska-Curie ITN Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191-208-8462

Dr Daniel Jones
Academic Foundation Doctor - F1

Dr Nichola Lax
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6150

Professor Bobby McFarland
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Hon Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2820340

Dr Julie Murphy
Public Engagement Officer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 3009

Jane Newman
Associate Researcher

Email:
Telephone: 0191 282 5987

Dr Yi Ng
NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer (Neurology)

Email:
Telephone: 01912088325

Dr Monika Olahova
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8462

Kamil Pabis
Temporary Assistant

Dr Brendan Payne
Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5295

Dr Sarah Pickett
Wellcome Trust Career Re-Entry Fellow


Telephone: 0191 2085264

Dr Amy Reeve
Senior Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6150

Dr Oliver Russell
Research Associate

Anna Smith
Research Technician

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 7051

Dr Renae Stefanetti
Research Associate

Professor Robert Taylor
Professor of Mitochondrial Pathology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3685

Dr Kyle Thompson
Research Associate

Email:
Telephone: +44-191-2228462

Dr Helen Tuppen
Research Associate (Scientific Officer)

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6291

Professor Doug Turnbull
Director of the Wellcome Trust Centre

Dr Amy Vincent
Research Associate

Dr Roger Whittaker
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Hon Consultant

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2083543

Matthew Zorkau
Marie Curie Fellow