Imperial College London


Faculty of Natural SciencesDepartment of Life Sciences

Research Associate



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Rachael is a Research Associate at the MRC CMBI, Department of Life Sciences. 

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. In 2016, Rachael joined the laboratory of Prof. Gad Frankel at Imperial College. She uses the mouse pathogen C. rodentium to understand mechanisms driving colitis caused by the human pathogens enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) and enteropathogenic E. coli (EPEC) and inflammatory bowel disease. 



Joseph SR, Gaffney D, Barry R, et al., 2019, An Ex Vivo Human Tumor Assay Shows Distinct Patterns of EGFR Trafficking in Squamous Cell Carcinoma Correlating to Therapeutic Outcomes, Journal of Investigative Dermatology, Vol:139, ISSN:0022-202X, Pages:213-223

Barry R, John SW, Liccardi G, et al., 2018, SUMO-mediated regulation of NLRP3 modulates inflammasome activity, Nature Communications, Vol:9, ISSN:2041-1723

Plaza-Menacho I, Barnouin K, Barry R, et al., 2016, RET Functions as a Dual-Specificity Kinase that Requires Allosteric Inputs from Juxtamembrane Elements, Cell Reports, Vol:17, ISSN:2211-1247, Pages:3319-3332

Hill MM, Daud NH, Aung CS, et al., 2012, Co-Regulation of Cell Polarization and Migration by Caveolar Proteins PTRF/Cavin-1 and Caveolin-1, Plos One, Vol:7, ISSN:1932-6203

Ashe A, Butterfield NC, Town L, et al., 2012, Mutations in mouse Ift144 model the craniofacial, limb and rib defects in skeletal ciliopathies, Human Molecular Genetics, Vol:21, ISSN:0964-6906, Pages:1808-1823

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