Miss Rebecca Westbrook BSc, MRes

Rebecca Westbrook

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
PhD student

Contact details

Address
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

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.

Qualifications

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

Biography

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

Publications

Recent publications

Article

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