Dr Rachel Quilang
- Position: Postdoctoral Research Assistant
- Areas of expertise: Reproductive biology; placental biology; reproductive immunology; chemokines; diabetes; extracellular vesicles; microRNA; Toxoplasma gondii
- Email: R.Quilang@leeds.ac.uk
- Location: LIGHT Building
- Website: Twitter | ORCID
I graduated from the University of the West of Scotland with a BSc (Hons) First Class in Applied Biomedical science in 2014. As I wanted to pursue a career in research, I began a PhD at the same university under the supervision of Dr Fiona Menzies and Professor Fiona Henriquez. During this time I focused on placental biology and was introduced to the parasite, Toxoplasma gondii. I gained an interest in how it can be congenitally transmitted from mother to fetus and how the maternal immune response controls infection, with a focus on the atypical chemokine receptor 2 (ACKR2).
Wanting to stay in the field of reproductive biology, I joined the University of Leeds as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in June of 2019 as part of an MRC funded project led by Dr Karen Forbes.
My research is focused on extracellular vesicle-bound microRNAs during pregnancies complicated by diabetes. I am interested in the effects these may have on placental growth and fetal development, where infants are born either large or small for their gestational age.
- PhD, Reproductive Biology, University of the West of Scotland (2019)
- BSc (Hons) Applied Biomedical Sciences (First Class), University of the West of Scotland (2014)
- Society for Endocrinology
- International Society for Extracellular Vesicles
- UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles
- The Physiological Society
- British Society for Immunology
- Royal Society of Biology
Research groups and institutes
- Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
- Discovery and Translational Science