Gail Norbury


Commissioning and governance director for genetics laboratories


Gail Norbury undertook her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. She subsequently trained and worked for 5 years as a Clinical Biochemist in South West Thames before moving to the Oxford Radcliffe Hospital in 1987 to establish a molecular genetics diagnostic laboratory. She is an HCPC registered Clinical Scientist and Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists. Gail became head of the Regional Molecular Genetics Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 2001 and moved to her current position at the Regional Genetics Service at Guy's & St Thomas' Hospital in 2009.

Professional roles

  • Association for Clinical Genetics Science Quality Subcommittee and Activity audit Lead
  • Pathology Informatics Group, Royal College of Pathologists
  • Examiner, Royal College of Pathologists (FRCPath; 2001-)
  • NICE Specialist Committee member on Testing for Lynch Syndrome in endometrial cancer

  • NHSE Finance & Contracts Task and Finish Group for the Genomics Laboratory Medicine Service Reconfiguration
  • Standing Committee member of NICE Diagnostic Assessment Programme
  • National Laboratory Medicine Catalogue Discipline Lead for Genetics
  • Royal College of Pathologists Special Advisory Committee Member for Genetics & Reproductive Science (Chair)
  • Rare Disease Advisory Group- NHS Commissioning Board (RCPath representative)

Education and training

  • MA
  • MSc
  • FRCPath.


  • Baker Award for research paper (Correlation between prolactin and cotinine levels in subfertile women)
  • Analysis of free fetal DNA in maternal plasma for prenatal diagnosis (2002- ); EU SAFE grant (2003; European collaboration); ICH SDI grant (2004; £24.8k, Principal Investigator). NIHR grant (2008; co-applicant) Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis for single gene disorders. UKCRN Study (ref 5826)
  • Utility of DNA-based testing for familial hypercholesterolaemia (2004 with extension 2008; £97k, Dept Health) Gail Norbury & Prof Steve Humphries.
  • Development and optimisation of methods to detect germline mutations and microsatellite instability in HNPCC families Supported by NHS R&D grant, RCC56310 £43,241. Lead investigators Dr I Tomlinson, Gail Norbury (1998-2000).

Last updated: April 2022

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