Dr Rachel Willetts

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Research interests

My research interests are in the improvement of existing methods and development of newbiomarkers to aid analysis of samples (for example identification of disease onset/progression or detection of contaminants such as bacteria and viruses).
My current project entitled “Promoting Biomarker Development in West Midland SMEs” aims to assist West Midland Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to develop sophisticated and innovative biomarker technologies for their given field. The use of biomarkers will allow for quicker analysis with increased sensitivity whilst reducing overall costs, thereby increasing SME competitiveness.

The project is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) which is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), funding received from ERDF is matched by Aston University.
More information on this project can be found in Aston University press releases, by contacting me directly or via the following contacts.


2007 BSc with First Class Honours in Applied and Human Biology, Aston University
2012 PhD in Cell Biology, Aston University

  1. Validation of protein carbonyl measurement: a multi-centre study

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  2. Developing accurate models of the human airways

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  3. Redox regulation of protein damage in plasma

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