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Rob Taylor is Professor of Mitochondrial Pathology at the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research, Newcastle University where he leads a team focussing on mitochondrial gene discovery, molecular diagnostics and the characterisation of mitochondrial genetic disease mechanisms. His academic research focussed on the delineation of genotype-phenotype correlations in mitochondrial disease pathology, identifying and functionally-characterising >30 novel Mendelian mitochondrial disease genes. He has published over 500 peer-reviewed scientific papers.

His academic research is underpinned by roles within the NHS Genomic Medicine Service. Rob is the Head of the NHS Highly Specialised mitochondrial laboratory in Newcastle which continues to provide Specialised Mitochondrial genetics services for the North and East of England following national genomics reconfiguration. Regionally and nationally, he brings scientific leadership to genomics through his roles as Scientific Director of the North East and Yorkshire Genomic Laboratory Hub, co-Chair of the Rare Disease Genomic Test Evaluation working group and as Chair of the Association of Clinical Genomic Science.