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Dr Robert Pitceathly
Room 513
5th Floor, Queen Square House
Queen Square
London
WC1N 3BG
Appointment
  • Principal Research Fellow
  • Department of Neuromuscular Diseases
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography
I completed my preclinical and clinical medical degree at St Andrews’ and Manchester Universities before commencing my post-graduate neurology specialist training in Manchester. I subsequently undertook a PhD in Mitochondrial Diseases at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology before obtaining an NIHR academic clinical lecturer post in London. From March 2019 I started a MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship with Honorary Consultant status at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, where I co-lead  the NHS England nationally commissioned Rare Mitochondrial Disorders Service.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research combines clinical observations with laboratory approaches to better understand the molecular basis and pathophysiological mechanisms of primary mitochondrial diseases, with the ultimate aim of developing treatments. My laboratory focuses on three major research themes that crosscut mitochondrial biology and translational science. These include: 1) Establishing the global prevalence and genetic architecture of mitochondrial diseases; 2) Understanding the role of cardiolipin in mitochondrial health and disease; and 3) Generating effective therapies for mitochondrial diseases.

Appointments
01-MAR-2019 – 29-FEB-2024 MRC Clinician Scientist Department of Neuromuscular Diseases UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neurology University College London
2003 MB.ChB Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University of Manchester
2000 BSc Bachelor of Science – Medical Science University of St Andrews
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