Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Gavin Hudson
Gavin Hudson, NURF

My research focuses on understanding the role that mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) variation plays in disease, particularly focusing on pathoetiology of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimers and Dementia.

My host institute, the institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University, is at the forefront of genome research and hosts the newly commissioned MRC funded Single Cell Unit – a state of the of facility focusing on developing and promoting the next generation of sequencing. This institute provides the perfect incubator for the genomics research I perform.

Securing a Faculty Fellowship (2012) set the groundwork for my successful application to Parkinson’s UK, where I was awarded a Research Fellowship (2012-2017). This, coupled with my recent appointment as a Newcastle University Faculty Fellow (NURF, 2015-2020), has been invaluable to establishing myself as a fully independent research scientist.

This supportive framework has allowed my research to go from strength to strength, yielding 10 publications (6 as senior author) since beginning my NURF and has now culminated in my being included as a Principal Investigator in the recent award to support the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (£6.4 million, with Prof. Turnbull and colleagues).