Rachel Sellick is a PhD student on the SWBio Doctoral Training Partnership, funded by the BBSRC. The project is a collaboration between the Brain Repair Group and Fly Lab at Cardiff University, focusing on the use of Fly and mouse models of Huntington's Disease with an aim to understand protein-protein and genetic interactions of mutant Huntingtin-induced neurodegeneration.
Analysis of Gene Interactions in Neurodegeneration
Rachel graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2017 with a BSc (Hons) in Anatomy and Human Biology, before undertaking a Master of Research in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine. As part of her undergraduate degree, Rachel spent a semester abroad, studying at the University of Newcastle, Australia which guided her interest in Neuroscience and Neurodegenerative disease. In 2019 and 2020, Rachel worked as a Research Assistant with the Brain Repair Group at Cardiff University and set up her own business, Scarlet River Management.
To continue her interest in Neurodegenerative research, Rachel’s PhD research will include analysis of genetic function and the molecular mechanisms associated with Medium Spiny Neuron development and implications in Huntington’s Disease (HD). The anticipated outcome is an advance mechanistic understanding of the genetic suppression of neurodegeneration, which is a foundation for future new treatment development in HD.