Richard Trembath trained in medicine at Guy's Hospital Medical School (University of London), London, UK.
Postgraduate studies were undertaken at the Institute of Child Heath (London, UK) prior to moving to the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester, UK, in 1992. He was appointed as the foundation Professor of Medical Genetics in Leicester in 1998 and elected to the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2003.
He moved to King's College London in the autumn of 2005 and became Head of the Division of Medical & Molecular Genetics in 2009. Between 2006 – 2011, he was the Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Biomedical Research Centre at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and King's College London.
Following four years as the Executive Dean and Vice-Principal for Health at Bart’s and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK, he returned to King’s College London in September 2015 to take up the position of Executive Dean of the newly created Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine.
He is Theme Lead for Genomic Medicine in the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre awarded in September 2016. He also holds a position as honorary consultant in Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.