Dr Rachel Thomson is a Senior Research Assistant and Laboratory Manager within the Centre for Muscle Research under the leadership of Associate Professor Paul Gregorevic. Rachel completed a BSc (Physiology) at the University of St Andrews, UK (2000), and a PhD in Toxicology and Molecular Biology at the University of Dundee, UK (2004). During her PhD, Rachel was awarded 1st prize at the AstraZeneca Local Science Forum, and she won The Young Investigators Award at British Toxicological Society Annual Meeting (2004). Her postdoctoral studies in developmental neuroscience were firstly carried out at University of Glasgow, UK and later at The Howard Florey Institute, Melbourne (2004-2008). Rachel was recruited to the Gregorevic lab in early 2009 as a research assistant. Since then, Rachel has not only expanded her bench and animal experience as the lab RA, but has also become a lab manager following attendance at the Laboratory Managers Conference in Melbourne (2012) and completing a diploma of management (2013). Rachel continues to contribute to the laboratory’s publications and has had 12 peer reviewed articles published since 2003; four as 1st author, two as 2nd author and six as a contributing author.