Mick Henderson BSc(Hons) PhD FRCPath FRCPCH Laboratory Director, Willink Biochemical Genetics


Mick studied Biochemistry and Physiology at the University of Leeds graduating in 1973. He then completed a PhD in lead poisoning working in the Department of Chemical Pathology, Leeds. His first job was as a basic grade biochemist at Southmead Hospital, Bristol. In 1984 he moved to a senior post in Leeds at St James’s Hospital. He went on to establish a regional biochemical service for the diagnosis of metabolic disease and also became the Director of the Newborn Screening Laboratory. In October 2014 he was appointed Laboratory Director of the Willink Biochemical Genetics Laboratory. He now works on both sides of the Pennines co-ordinating the activities of the two laboratories which both collaborate with the paediatric metabolic clinical team based in Genomic Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital and the adult service based at Salford Royal.

Mick also has a long standing involvement with the European external quality assessment provider, ERNDIM. He helped establish the ERNDIM office lead by Dr Sara Gardner in Genomic Medicine and was ERNDIM Chair for seven years.

Mick also has significant teaching commitments. He was the lead scientist on the international SSIEM Teaching Academy for it's first eight years. He is currently joint module lead, with Mrs Lesley Tetlow, for the paediatric course content of the Manchester University Clinical Biochemistry MSc.