Professor Rod Mitchell
Rod is Professor of Developmental Endocrinology at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a Consultant Paediatric Endocrinologist at The Royal Hospital for Children and Young People in Edinburgh.
His research interests are focused on the role of the germ-stem cell niche in prepubertal testis development and function. This includes research into the effects of exposure to pharmaceuticals (including chemotherapy) on germ cell development and future fertility potential. Rod is clinical and research lead for fertility preservation in prepubertal boys with cancer. His work combines the clinical service for gonadal tissue cryopreservation with research aimed at developing clinical strategies to protect or restore fertility in patients receiving gonadotoxic therapies.
In his ‘spare’ time Rod enjoys being regularly beaten on the X-Box (son!), waiting at the stables (daughter!) and enduring the trials and tribulations of following a well-known Scottish football team!