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Dr Rachel S Owen BSc, PhD

Research Fellow in Cancer Immunology

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Dr Rachel Owen is a Research Fellow within Biological Sciences at the University of Southampton.

Career History:

2019 – Present: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Cancer Immunology. University of Southampton, UK.

2013 - 2014: Industrial Placement Researcher, Biological Sciences, GlaxoSmithKline, UK.


Academic Qualifications:

2015 – 2019: PhD in Cellular and Molecular Biosciences, University of Southampton, UK.

2011 – 2015: BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry with Industrial Placement, Cardiff University, UK.

Research interests

My research focuses on the immunology of two independent contagious cancers circulating in the Tasmanian Devil, an endangered marsupial.

My PhD used a proteomics led approach to identify the cellular origins and evolution of these cancers, and used this information to inform targeted analysis and identification of candidate vaccine targets.

My Postdoctoral research expands on my PhD conclusions and focuses on how these contagious cancers avoid the Tasmanian Devil immune system to spread between hosts, and whether it is possible to exploit these mechanisms to improve the immune responses.

PhD Title: Investigating Cellular Origins to Identify Peptide Vaccine Targets in two Independent Transmissible Tumours Circulating in the Tasmanian Devil

PhD Supervisor: Dr Hannah V Siddle

Funding: The Leverhulme Trust, Identifying peptide candidates for a vaccine against the contagious cancer, Devil Facial Tumour Disease RPG-2015-103


Research projects

Exploiting MHC class I expression to develop peptide vaccination strategies against two independent contagious cancers in the Tasmanian devil. Morris Animal Foundation D19ZO-413

Research group

Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

Affiliate research group

Cancer Immunology

Dr Rachel S Owen
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Environmental and Life Sciences
Life Sciences Building 85
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 85/3041/M55

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