Miss Rebecca Westbrook BSc, MRes

Rebecca Westbrook

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
PhD student

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Becky graduated from the University of Reading with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences, before completing an MRes at the University of Birmingham in Integrative Physiology. Her PhD project investigates mitochondrial proline synthesis in response to hypoxia in cancer.


  • MRes Biomedical Research: Integrative and Translational, 2018
  • BSc Biomedical Science, 2017


Becky completed an undergraduate degree in Biomedical Science at the University of Reading, graduating in 2017 with a first. During this time, she undertook a placement in the sequencing facility at the University of Cambridge, and worked in sample processing for a pathology service. She then moved to Birmingham to do a Biomedical Research MRes, where her 6 month research project focused on the role of prolyl hydroxylase 3 in diabetes. She is now a PhD student with Professor Dan Tennant, studying mitochondrial proline metabolism in hypoxic tumour cells.

Other activities

  • PGR Rep for the IMSR
  • Lab demonstrator in undergraduate practical lab sessions


Recent publications


Vettore, LA, Westbrook, RL & Tennant, DA 2021, 'Proline metabolism and redox; maintaining a balance in health and disease', Amino Acids. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00726-021-03051-2

Nasteska, D, Cuozzo, F, Viloria, K, Johnson, E, Thakker, A, Bakar, RB, Westbrook, R, Barlow, J, Hoang, M, Joseph, J, Lavery, G, Akerman, I, Cantley, J, Hodson, L, Tennant, D & Hodson, D 2021, 'Prolyl-4-hydroxylase 3 maintains β-cell glucose metabolism during fatty acid excess in mice', JCI Insight, vol. 6, no. 16, e140288. https://doi.org/10.1172/jci.insight.140288

Vettore, L, Westbrook, RL & Tennant, DA 2020, 'New aspects of amino acid metabolism in cancer', British Journal of Cancer. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41416-019-0620-5