Name: Dr Rachel Allen
Position: Senior lecturer in immunology of infection, Deputy head of the Graduate School and associate dean (research degrees)
Division: Clinical Sciences
Research centre: Infection and Immunity
Tel: 0208 725 3085
Innate immune receptors, MHC, HLA-B27, LILR, antigen presenting cells, macrophages, dendritic cells.
Dr Rachel Louise Allen is a senior lecturer in immunology of infection and associate dean (research degrees) at St George’s, University of London. She joined St George’s in 2007 to specialise in the field of innate immune receptors and their ability to amplify or inhibit immune activity in various diseases.
Prior to this, Dr Allen obtained her D.Phil in Immunology at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford in Professor Andrew McMichael’s laboratory studying HLA B27 – a protein which predisposes some people to inflammatory arthritis. This work led to a post-doctoral position in the Department of Pathology, Cambridge University, where she was subsequently awarded a Beit Memorial Fellowship to study the recognition of HLA B27 by innate immune receptors.
Dr Allen’s external activities include:
- Academic editor for PLoS ONE and PeerJ
- Ambassador for Science, Technology, Engineering and
- Mathematics Networking (STEMNET)
- External examiner for BSc Biomedical Sciences, Queen Mary, University of London
Her previous awards include: