Dr Rachel Davies

Dr Rachel Davies
Lecturer (Education focused)



After graduating with a BA in Biochemistry from Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, I moved to London to do a PhD on human papillomavirus and cervical cancer. This stimulated my interest in cancer research which I further extended as a post-doctoral scientist. Initially, I worked on Wilms’ Tumour, a childhood kidney cancer, in Edinburgh and later on breast cancer in Cambridge. I then moved to the Institute of Human Genetics in Newcastle where I ran the MSc in Medical Genetics.

I teach molecular medicine throughout the curriculum, particularly focusing on genetics. I hope that my teaching will provide a secure foundation in molecular aspects of medicine for doctors as they progress through medical school and into practice, and inspire a subset of students to pursue these aspects further.

School Roles:

  • Academic lead for assessment
  • Module controller MD4001
  • Strand leader ‘Molecular Medicine’ MD4002
  • Personal tutor
  • Academic Misconduct Offer
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Research Overview from research@st-andrews

Recent publications listed in research@st-andrews
Campos-León, K, Wijendra, K, Siddiqa, A, Pentland, I, Feeney, KM, Knapman, A, Davies, R, Androphy, EJ & Parish, JL 2017, 'Association of human papillomavirus 16 E2 with Rad50-interacting protein 1 enhances viral DNA replication' Journal of Virology, vol 91, no. 5, e02305-16. DOI: 10.1128/JVI.02305-16