Rachel studied medicine at University College London, gaining an intercalated BSc in 2001 and completing her medical degree in 2004. After completing core medical training, she joined the University of Birmingham in 2009 and started studying for a PhD in 2012, focusing on investigations into a potential role for Vitamin D in the pathogenesis of Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).
Rachel’s research findings have been presented both nationally and internationally. She was awarded the early career investigator prize at the BTS Winter Meeting in 2015 for her work.
Rachel has research interests in acute respiratory medicine and perioperative inflammation. She has contributed to trials of Vitamin D in patients undergoing oesophagectomy and statins in patients with pneumonia. She is developing research into the effect of cigarette smoking on perioperative inflammation.
Rachel is passionate about broadening understanding of respiratory physiology and has published articles on assessment of pulmonary function. She co-authored an e-learning module on respiratory medicine aimed at foundation year doctors and regularly teaches medical students and junior doctors.