"Working on some exciting new projects."
Dr Rachel Howard-Jones completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Cardiff University in Medical Molecular Biology (2006) shortly before undertaking a Masters in Tissue Engineering and Repair (2009) with Cardiff Institute of Tissue Engineering and Repair (CITER). During this time Rachel’s interest in Stem Cell Biology developed leading to a PhD in reprogramming somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (2013).
Stem cell biology and the study of cell behaviour has been the focus of Rachel’s research career resulting in a wealth of experience with growing and imaging cells in 3D matrices. During a varied postdoctoral career she has spent time in the Department of Chemistry, Rice University, Houston investigating cell behaviour in biomimetic scaffolds and more recently has been at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Washington DC learning about adding quality and measurement assurance to cell imaging assays.
Her current focus is on developing imaging-based assays to understand different cell types from differing morphological features of patient-derived cell cultures. Rachel brings her knowledge of patient-derived stem cells and standardisation of assay development to BioStatus.