Biography - Dr Rachel Allen

Dr Rachel Allen



Name: Dr Rachel Allen

Position: Senior Lecturer in Immunology of Infection, Head of the Graduate School  

Research Institute: Infection & Immunity
Tel: 0208 725 3085
email: rallen@sgul.ac.uk

Keywords
Innate immune receptors, MHC, HLA-B27, LILR, antigen presenting cells, macrophages, dendritic cells.

Biography
Dr Rachel Allen is a Senior Lecturer in Immunology of Infection and Associate Dean (Research Degrees).  She joined St George’s in 2007 as a Lecturer and specialises in the field of innate immune receptors and their ability to amplify or inhibit immune activity in disease.

Dr Allen obtained her D.Phil (1998) in Immunology at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford in Professor Andrew McMichael’s laboratory investigating HLA B27 proteins.  Following this she held a post-doctoral position in the Department of Pathology, Cambridge University (2004) where she was subsequently awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship to study the recognition of HLA B27 by innate immune receptors.

External activities:
Academic Editor for PLoS ONE and PeerJ - current
STEMNET Ambassador 2012 - current
External examiner for BSc Biomedical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London

Awards:
Garrod Prize (British Society for Rheumatology)
Promega Prize (British Society for Immunology)
Metachem Diagnostics Prize (British Society for Immunology