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Dr Robert Shorten
Department of Medical Microbiology
Royal free Hospital
Pond Street
Tel: 02077940500 ext 38259
  • Honorary Research Associate
  • Div of Infection & Immunity
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences

Dr. Rob Shorten is a Clinical Scientist in the Department of Medical Microbiology at the Royal Free Hospital, London and is an Honorary Research Associate at The Centre for Clinical Microbiology, University College London. He trained as a Biomedical Scientist in clinical biochemistry before moving to microbiology at the Royal Free Hospital where he trained as a Clinical Scientist. He completed a PhD in the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and currently oversees the TB, molecular and serology services at the Royal Free. He manages the laboratory in the UK’s only High Security Infectious Diseases Unit and his main area of research interest is tuberculosis. He has a keen interest in training and has active roles with the Microbiology Professional Group of the Association of Clinical Biochemistry, The Academy of Healthcare Sciences and the National School of Healthcare Science.


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Research Summary

Molecular epidemiology, drug resistance and fitness of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Molecular diagnostics and infections in hard-to-reach patients.

Teaching Summary

Module leader for ‘Principles of Pathological Science’ on the UCL undergraduate course ‘Bachelor of Applied Medical Sciences’


Tuberculosis, including diagnostics, drug resistance and demonstration of practical laboratory skills to undergraduates and postgraduates.


Viral haemorrhagic fever lectures to postgraduates on the Infection and Immunity MSc.

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