Dr Rachel L Taylor PhD


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Rachel is an MRC UK Research and Innovation Fellow based at Manchester Centre for Genomic Medicine.  Her current work aims to utilise human induced pluripotent stem cells to model the impact of genetic variants at the molecular level.  Rachel uses innovative systems biology approaches to develop a holistic understanding of the pathophysiology of a disease in highly relevant cellular systems, for the identification of novel therapeutic molecules and/or treatment strategies.  Rachel has a background in genomics and human developmental biology with focus on the use of advanced sequencing technololgies to identify rare and novel causes of inherited retinal disease and congenital ophthalmic anomalies.  During her PhD, Rachel developed an advanced sequencing assay to diagnose sight threatening congenital eye abnormalities which is now available to patients via the National Health Service.


2012-2015     PhD Human Development, The University of Manchester

2008-2009     MSc Medical Genetics, Newcastle University

2005-2008     BSc (Hons) Genetics, The University of Liverpool

External positions

Honorary Senior Research Associate, University College London (UCL)

1 Feb 201831 Jan 2021

Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Columbia University Medical Center

9 Jan 20171 May 2017

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Biology, Medicine and Health (BMH) Domains


  • genomics, genetics, neuroscience, developmental biology, rare disease, inherited retinal disease, paediatric ophthalmology

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2015 - Doctor of Medicine, A comprehensive phenotypic and molecular analysis of congenital and childhood cataract, The University of Manchester (2012 - 2015)
  • 2009 - Master in Science, Medical Genetics, Newcastle University (2008 - 2009)
  • 2008 - Bachelor of Science, Genetics, University of Liverpool (2005 - 2008)

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