Rebekah was trained in Geoscience and now uses techniques developed by geochemists to explore essential and toxic metals in biological systems.
She works in the MAGIC metal-free clean laboratory to isolate metals from tissues for high precision stable isotope analysis. She is currently investigating the uptake of cadmium in plants, using Multiple Collector Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry.
She is also currently one of the ESE Postdoc Reps (Sept. 2017-present) so please get in touch with her if you have any queries or ideas about the Post Doctorate experience in the department.
The main focus of her PhD was investigating the potential of high precision stable isotope analysis to understand the metabolism of essential metals (e.g. Zn, Cu, Fe) in the human body. Although mainly focusing on Zn metabolism in the healthy state, she also collaborated with medical researchers to investigate Zn in breast cancer.
- Postdoc at ESE - Imperial College London - July 2017-present
- Analytical Chemist/Geochemist (interim) at Imaging and Analysis Centre, Natural History Museum - July 2018 - October 2018
- PhD at ESE - Imperial College London. 2013-2017 (PhD visitor at Department of Earth Sciences, Oxford University. 2013-2014)
- MSci. Geoscience - Department of Earth Sciences, Durham University. 2009-2013
- 14th Zinc Network Meeting - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. Poster prize for: The potential of coupled Zn concentration and stable isotope analyses of blood serum and urine for assessing Zn status. 2019.
- The 19th Biennial National Atomic Spectroscopy Symposium - St. Mary's University, London. 2018
- European Conference on Nanofilms 2018 - Cranfield University - special session talk title: Zinc isotopes as a possible biomarker for breast cancer.
- Launch of Cancer Research Center of Excellence - Imperial College London. 2017
- 32nd International SEGH conference - Brussels. 2016 - poster title: High precision zinc stable isotope analysis of biological reference materials.
- 11th Annual Zinc Meeting - Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge. 2015
- Geochemistry Group Research in Progress Meeting 2015 -NOC, Southampton. Talk title: Understand human diseases using trace metal stable isotope analysis.
- Parkinson's UK Research Conference - York. 2014
- Imperial Graduate School Technical Presentation Fishbowl course 2014. Talk title: Metal isotopes and human diseases.
- Oxford Geology Group Colloquium, Young Geoscientist Competition 2014. Talk title: The role of metal isotopes in human diseases.
- Geochemistry Group Annual Research in Progress Meeting 2014 - Milton Keynes. Poster title: Understand human diseases using trace metal stable isotope analysis.
- Training of PhD students and postdocs in clean laboratory techniques and MC-ICP-MS.
- Teaching Assistant for ESE undergraduate modules (Solid Earth Geochemistry and Climate). 2013-2017
- Workshops for Global Summer School, Imperial College London. 2015-2017
- UNIQ summer school - laboratory practical and tutorial. 2014
- Wellcome Collection Packed Lunch. Nov. 2018
- Imperial Festival - MAGIC Elements stand organisation and children activities - 2018
- New Scientist Live- with the The Geological Society. 2017
- Pint of Science Chapter Manager. 2016-present
- Pint of Science Imperial College London Coordinator. 2015-2016
- Imperial Fringe Festival- volunteer on The Geological Society stall (Year of Water). 2016
- Imperial Festival volunteer with Mars Curiosity Rover stall. 2015
- Pint of Science Event Manager (Planet Earth theme). 2014-2015
- Science advisor for UK Space Design Competition. 2013-2016
et al., 2018, Determination of major and trace element variability in healthy human urine by ICP-QMS and specific gravity normalisation, Rsc Advances, Vol:8, ISSN:2046-2069, Pages:38022-38035
et al., 2017, High Precision Zinc Stable Isotope Measurement of Certified Biological Reference Materials Using the Double Spike Technique and Multiple Collector-ICP-MS, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, Vol:409, ISSN:1618-2642, Pages:2941-2950
et al., 2017, Inter-calibration of a proposed new primary reference standard AA-ETH Zn for zinc isotopic analysis, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, Vol:32, ISSN:0267-9477, Pages:415-419