Ian Taylor graduated with a PhD in biophysics from the university of Portsmouth in 1993. He then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Medical Research Council National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) in London and the Laboratory of Molecular Biophysics (LMB) in Oxford. In 2001 he took up a position as a Principal Investigator in the division of Molecular Structure at NIMR (now part of the Francis Crick Institute), gaining full tenure in 2008.
His current research interests are based around the understanding of macromolecular assemblies involved in transcriptional regulation, retroviral assembly and retroviral restriction. To address these biological questions his lab employs techniques ranging from x-ray crystallography and small angle x-ray scattering to analytical ultracentrifugation, optical spectroscopy and protein chemistry.