2010 - PhD Pathology, University of Otago
2005 - BS (Hons) Biomedical Science, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr McRae is a cell and molecular biologist with experience in the biomedical science field, particularly gene therapy, neuroscience, and oncology. Her PhD thesis compared the effectiveness of several gene therapy strategies in targeting the blood vessels of solid tumors. Her post-doctoral research at the Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland used gene therapy in vitro and in vivo for the potential treatment of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. Subsequently, Dr McRae was a laboratory manager and research assistant at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute between 2013 and 2015. She was involved in the research of cell surface signaling in malaria and in performing CRISPR-Cas9 genetic screens. Dr McRae also worked as a laboratory manager for biology and chemistry laboratories at the Alzheimer's Research UK Cambridge Drug Discovery Institute, University of Cambridge, for almost 2 years. Dr McRae has expertise in mammalian cell culture, transfection, cell and reporter assays, immunostaining, Western blotting, microscopy, protein purification, and molecular biology techniques such as qRT-PCR. Dr McRae has lectured, examined, and tutored medical students and has received 11 awards, scholarships, studentships, and prizes related to her biomedical research career.
Dr McRae has authored four peer-reviewed journal articles and one book chapter. She has presented her research at national and international conferences.
Editing and Reviewing Experience
Dr McRae has been working as an editor of medical and scientific manuscripts since 2021. She has a proofreading certificate and is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association. Dr McRae joined Edanz Group as an editor in 2021.