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Rachel James

  • Rachel James
    Rachel James

    2003 - PhD Medical Genetics, University of Edinburgh

    1998 - BSc Neuroscience, University of Glasgow

    Academic Background

    Dr James’ PhD thesis and initial post-doctoral work was on the characterization of a susceptibility gene for psychiatric illness. Subsequent post-doctoral research focused on mitochondrial function following acute brain injury in a transgenic mouse model of a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. Most recently, she has been investigating mitochondrial function in the motor neuron disease, spinal muscular atrophy. Dr James understands brain biology and has a particular interest in psychiatric illness, neurodegenerative disease, genetics, and cellular biology. She has multi-disciplinary laboratory expertise in a number of techniques, covering protein biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, histology, and microscopy. Dr James has experience of human tissue studies, as well as transgenic animal models and cell culture systems.

    Publishing History

    From her research Dr James has co-authored several peer-reviewed papers, including a paper in Science that was cited as one of the top ten breakthroughs of 2005. She has published first author papers from all of her post-doctoral work.

    Editing and Reviewing Experience

    Dr James joined Edanz in 2011, working as an editor for 10-years. She recently rejoined Edanz in 2022.

    Writing Experience

    As well as papers related to her research, Dr James has written blog posts and an article for Nature Careers. She has also written several funding applications and reports based on her research.