Dr. Rachael Dunlop

dunlopDr. Rachael Dunlop Ph.D. FSB, completed her undergraduate and first class honours degrees at Adelaide University. Her Ph.D. was awarded in 2005 from Sydney University Medical School and explored protein oxidation and metabolism in heart disease. She is currently based at the University of Technology Sydney where she is examining the role of a non-protein amino acid and neurotoxin BMAA, in triggering sporadic motor neurone disease, or MND (also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Her lab is interested in the misincorporation of non-protein amino acids into human proteins and how these contribute to disease.

Recent Publications

  • The Non-Protein Amino Acid BMAA Is Misincorporated into Human Proteins in Place of L-Serine Causing Protein Misfolding and Aggregation
  • Proteins containing oxidized amino acids induce apoptosis in human monocytes
  • Misincorporation of amino acid analogues into proteins by biosynthesis¬†