About Dr Laura Yates

Dr Laura M. Yates is a Clinical Genetics Specialist at KRISP and a Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of KwaaZulu-Natal. She completed her PhD at University of Newcastle, U.K., on ‘The role of inversin in cilia and cyst formation' in 2007 under the supervision of Professors Judith Goodship and Tom Strachan and has an ongoing interest in genetic renal syndromes and ciliopathies, providing clinical genetics input for the National a HUS service and the specialist renal genetics service in Newcastle. Dr Yates was also head of the UK Teratology Information Service in the UK which provides evidence based information and advice on the fetal effects of medicine use in pregnancy. Her research interests are in developmental and renal genetics, and teratology.


Nine newly identified individuals refine the phenotype associated with MYT1L mutations.
Windheuser IC, Becker J, Cremer K, Hundertmark H, Yates LM, Mangold E, Peters S, Degenhardt F, Ludwig KU, Zink AM, Lessel D, Bierhals T, Herget T, Johannsen J, Denecke J, Wohlleber E, Strom TM, Wieczorek D, Bertoli M, Colombo R, Hempel M, Engels H, Am J Med Genet A. (2020), 182(5):1021-1031. doi: 10.1002/ajmg.a.61515:.

The clinical presentation caused by truncating CHD8 variants..
Douzgou S, Liang HW, Metcalfe K, Somarathi S, Tischkowitz M, Mohamed W, Kini U, McKee S, Yates L, Bertoli M, Lynch SA, Holder S; Deciphering Developmental Disorders Study, Banka S, Clin Genet. (2019), 96(1):72-84. doi: 10.1111/cge.13554:.

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