Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Imperial College Research Fellow



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Rachael is an Imperial College Research Fellow in the Section for Nutrition Research, Department of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Science with first class Honours from the University of Queensland, Rachael worked as a Research Assistant at the Diamantina Institute/TRI in a laboratory of Dr Fiona Simpson studying EGFR trafficking in squamous cell carcinoma. In 2011, she began her PhD in Cell Biology with Professor Pascal Meier at the Institute of Cancer Research, London. Here she studied the regulation of cell death and inflammation pathways via post-translational modifications and identified a SUMOylation as a novel regulator of the NLRP3 inflammasome. As a Research Associate in the laboratory of Prof. Gad Frankel at Imperial College Rachael investigated mechanisms driving colitis caused by gut pathogens and inflammatory bowel disease.

In 2020 Rachael was awarded an Imperial College Research Fellowship to study active hydrolytic enzymes as drivers of colorectal cancer development and biomarkers for early detection (sponsored by Prof. Gary Frost).



Joseph SR, Lum B, Banushi B, et al., 2020, Antibody/Ligand-Target Receptor Internalization Assay Protocol Using Fresh Human or Murine Tumor Ex Vivo Samples., Star Protoc, Vol:1

Chew HY, De Lima PO, Cruz JLG, et al., 2020, Endocytosis Inhibition in Humans to Improve Responses to ADCC-Mediating Antibodies, Cell, Vol:180, ISSN:0092-8674, Pages:895-+

Carson D, Barry R, Eve GD H, et al., 2020, Citrobacter rodentium induces rapid and unique metabolic and inflammatory responses in mice suffering from severe disease, Cellular Microbiology, Vol:22, ISSN:1462-5814, Pages:1-17

Barry R, Ruano-Gallego D, Radhakrishnan ST, et al., 2020, Faecal neutrophil elastase-antiprotease balance reflects colitis severity, Mucosal Immunology, Vol:13, ISSN:1933-0219, Pages:322-333

Mullineaux-Sanders C, Sanchez-Garrido J, Hopkins EGD, et al., 2019, Citrobacter rodentium-host-microbiota interactions: immunity, bioenergetics and metabolism, Nature Reviews Microbiology, Vol:17, ISSN:1740-1526, Pages:701-715

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