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.
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Using AAV vectors expressing the beta 2-adrenoceptor or associated G alpha proteins to mod..
Evaluation of follistatin as a therapeutic in models of skeletal muscle atrophy associated..
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Intravascular Follistatin gene delivery improves glycemic control in a mouse model of type 2 diabetes
Jonathan R Davey, Emma Estevez, Rachel E Thomson, Martin Whitham, Kevin I Watt, Adam Hagg, Hongwei Qian, Darren C Henstridge, Helen Ludlow, Mark P Hedger, Sean L McGee, Melinda T Coughlan, Mark A Febbraio, Paul Gregorevic
Journal article | 2020 | The FASEB Journal
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) manifests from inadequate glucose control due to insulin resistance, hypoinsulinemia, and deteriorating panc..
Smad7 gene delivery prevents muscle wasting associated with cancer cachexia in mice
Catherine E Winbanks, Kate T Murphy, Bianca C Bernardo, Hongwei Qian, Yingying Liu, Patricio V Sepulveda, Claudia Beyer, Adam Hagg, Rachel E Thomson, Justin L Chen, Kelly L Walton, Kate L Loveland, Julie R McMullen, Buel D Rodgers, Craig A Harrison, Gordon S Lynch, Paul Gregorevic
Journal article | 2016 | Science Translational Medicine
Evaluation of follistatin as a therapeutic in models of skeletal muscle atrophy associated with denervation and tenotomy
Patricio V Sepulveda, Severine Lamon, Adam Hagg, Rachel E Thomson, Catherine E Winbanks, Hongwei Qian, Clinton R Bruce, Aaron P Russell, Paul Gregorevic
Journal article | 2015 | Scientific Reports
The bone morphogenetic protein axis is a positive regulator of skeletal muscle mass
Catherine E Winbanks, Justin L Chen, Hongwei Qian, Yingying Liu, Bianca C Bernardo, Claudia Beyer, Kevin I Watt, Rachel E Thomson, Timothy Connor, Bradley J Turner, Julie R McMullen, Lars Larsson, Sean L McGee, Craig A Harrison, Paul Gregorevic
Journal article | 2013 | Journal of Cell Biology
Follistatin-mediated skeletal muscle hypertrophy is regulated by Smad3 and mTOR independently of myostatin
Catherine E Winbanks, Kate L Weeks, Rachel E Thomson, Patricio V Sepulveda, Claudia Beyer, Hongwei Qian, Justin L Chen, James M Allen, Graeme I Lancaster, Mark A Febbraio, Craig A Harrison, Julie R McMullen, Jeffrey S Chamberlain, Paul Gregorevic
Journal article | 2012 | Journal of Cell Biology
Regulation of cell proliferation and apoptosis in neuroblastoma cells by ccp1, a FGF2 downstream gene.
Francesca Pellicano, Rachel E Thomson, Gareth J Inman, Tomoko Iwata
Journal article | 2010 | BMC Cancer
BACKGROUND: Coiled-coil domain containing 115 (Ccdc115) or coiled coil protein-1 (ccp1) was previously identified as a downstream ..
Fgf receptor 3 activation promotes selective growth and expansion of occipitotemporal cortex.
Rachel E Thomson, Peter C Kind, Nicholas A Graham, Michelle L Etherson, John Kennedy, Ana C Fernandes, Catia S Marques, Robert F Hevner, Tomoko Iwata
Journal article | 2009 | Neural Development
BACKGROUND: Fibroblast growth factors (Fgfs) are important regulators of cerebral cortex development. Fgf2, Fgf8 and Fgf17 promote..
Fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 kinase domain mutation increases cortical progenitor proliferation via mitogen-activated protein kinase activation.
Rachel E Thomson, Francesca Pellicano, Tomoko Iwata
Journal article | 2007 | Journal of Neurochemistry
We have previously shown that mice carrying the K644E kinase domain mutation in fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (Fgfr3) (EIIa;..
FGFR3 regulates brain size by controlling progenitor cell proliferation and apoptosis during embryonic development.
Suzanne L Inglis-Broadgate, Rachel E Thomson, Francesca Pellicano, Michael A Tartaglia, Charlie C Pontikis, Jonathan D Cooper, Tomoko Iwata
Journal article | 2005 | Developmental Biology
Mice with the K644E kinase domain mutation in fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 (Fgfr3) (EIIa;Fgfr3(+/K644E)) exhibited a marked..
Tissue-specific expression and subcellular distribution of murine glutathione S-transferase class kappa.
Rachel E Thomson, Alison L Bigley, John R Foster, Ian R Jowsey, Clifford R Elcombe, Terry C Orton, John D Hayes
Journal article | 2004 | Journal of Histochemistry & Cytochemistry
Class kappa glutathione S-transferases are a poorly characterized family of detoxication enzymes whose localization has not been d..
Biochemical and genetic characterization of a murine class Kappa glutathione S-transferase.
Ian R Jowsey, Rachel E Thomson, Terry C Orton, Clifford R Elcombe, John D Hayes
Journal article | 2003 | Biochemical Journal
The class Kappa family of glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) currently comprises a single rat subunit (rGSTK1), originally isolated..
Senior Research Assistant
Diploma of Management
Performance Edge Systems Pty Ltd
Doctor of Philosophy
University of Dundee
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Physiology
University of St Andrews