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Rachel has over 25 years of experience in leadership, learning and teaching and research. Her current research focuses on preventing and improving health outcomes especially in areas of diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Rachel has extensive experience in supervision of postgraduate students and loves making science relevant and accessible to students at all levels of academia.
Identification of diagnostic and therapeutic markers; Biomarkers
Health Protection, Promotion, Education - Health Communication
Obesity,Diabetes Mellitus, CVD, Hypertension, Chronic pain
Health and Well-being
Field of research codes
Biochemistry and Cell Biology (060100): Biological Sciences (060000):
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (110400):
Gene Expression (incl. Microarray and other genome-wide approaches) (060405): Genetics (060400): Genomics (060408):
Medical And Health Sciences (110000): Medical Biochemistry and Metabolomics (110100): Metabolic Medicine (110107): Nutrition and Dietetics (111100):
My research specialty is in understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in onset and development of disease with an ultimate aim of identifying therapeutic and diagnostic targets for disease intervention. I have been involved in a number of intervention/clinical trials – WEST headache trial; SPIRIT study and RICE study, involving exercise, diet, education, and alternative treatment strategies for interventions. I am involved in both quantitative and qualitative research.
My current research is in diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, regulation of blood pressure, CVD, obesity and chronic pain.
Exepertise: Discovery of genes and respective gene products in diseased and non diseased states; mRNA differential display; analysis of mRNA and protein expression; isolation and purification of mRNA, DNA and proteins; development and optimisation of molecular and biochemical techniques; metabolic control analysis; purification and characterisation of nucleic acids, proteins and lipids and measurement of metabolites in blood, urine and tissue samples.
Paper Co-ordinator for 214.202 Pharmacology on all three campuses and Distance offering
Paper Co-ordinator for 214.781- Advanced topics in Health Sceinces
Teaching in 214.212 Research Methods in Health Sciences