Rachael attended the University of Lincoln where she undertook a Bsc(Hons) Biochemistry where she achieved a 1st class degree. During this time she secured university funding to conduct a 10 week summer research project under the supervision of Dr Alan Goddard, as with her final year project; both of which focused on producing lipid nanoparticles directly from cell membranes for subsequent utilisation in membrane protein identification and purification.
Rachael joined the CDT in Advanced Therapeutics and Nanomedicines in September 2016. Initially undertaking a training project with Dr Mischa Zelzer focusing on supported lipid bilayer characterisation. She then undertook her second training project at Medimmune focusing on peptide aggregation.
As of summer 2017 Rachael has been focusing on her PhD project under the primary supervision of Dr Snow Stolnik. Her PhD involves producing and characterising internally structured lipid mesophase nanoparticle for drug delivery. This PhD project is sponsored by Croda.
Rachael has particle characterisation experience in light scattering particle sizing techniques, small angle x-ray scattering analysis to assign mesophases, and fully capable in cryo-transmission electron microscopy techniques.
Rachael's current research is focused upon lipid nanoparticles, both focused on their production and characterisation.