Rachel Berkson

Keele University School of Medicine, Staffordshire ST5 5BG, UK
+44 1782 734642

Personal details

Current position (October 2009 – present)

Previous position (May 2006 – June 2009)


Career history and achievements

2009 – Present Lectureship
Keele University School of Medicine and Institute for Science and Technology in Medicine, UK

  1. Jewish Community Liaison Officer and member of university level Communities Together committee
  2. Supervising two PhD students, research topic: Characterisation of PLAC8, a novel cancer cell fate regulator, and The prolactin receptor in breast cancer cell fate
  3. Module Lead for Yr 2 Life support (respiration) in upcoming curriculum revision
  4. Module Lead for Yr 1 A complex family
  5. Medical School Academic Conduct Officer
  6. Member of Professionalism and Welfare committee and Athena Swan working group
  7. PBL tutor
  8. Design and implement a range of assessment activities for Yr 1 and Yr 2 medical students
  9. Deliver range of lectures, practicals and small group teaching to Yr 1 and Yr 2 medical students
  10. 2016: Accepted as Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  11. 2016: Membership of European Association for Cancer Research
  12. 2016: Presented research at European Association for Cancer Research A matter of life and cell death conference
  13. 2011-2015: Academic Lead for Professional Development Tutors programme
  14. 2013-2015: Lead women's interfaith discussion group
  15. 2010-2015: Responsible for liaison between Medical School and Health Foundation (Medicine) course
  16. 2014: Secured research funding for second PhD project
  17. 2013: Achieved Keele University Teaching and Learning in Higher Education PGCert
  18. 2012: Completed probation period and permanent appointment confirmed
  19. 2012: Secured research funding for PhD project
  20. 2011, 2012: Acting lead for disability strand of Yr 2 teaching
  21. 2011: Completed St George's University of London Advanced Assessment course
  22. 2010, 2011: Taught seminars for Yr 4 MPharm Cancer drugs
  23. 2010: Presented research at Frontiers in Cell Biology and Medicine conference, York University
  24. 2010-2012: Module Lead for Yr 2 Inputs and Outputs
  25. 2009: Acting Module Lead for Yr 2 Movement (maternity cover)

2006 – 2009 Post-doctoral position
Södertörn University and Karolinska Institute, Sweden
Supervisor: Professor Anthony Wright

  1. November 2008: CASCADE European network of excellence course on Communicating research to the public and media
  2. October 2008: Presented work at Swedish Epigenetics Network meeting
  3. 2008: Post-doctoral funding from Cancerfonden extended for a third year
  4. Spring semester 2008, 2009: Co-leader of undergraduate course Molecular Biology of the Genome, giving lectures, running "dry labs" problem-based learning sessions, and helping to set exam papers for the module
  5. 2008: took part in a pilot study of small molecules targetting Myc, in collaboration with Actar drug discovery enterprise
  6. August 2007: Karolinska Institute Workshop in Photomicrography
  7. Techniques including mammalian cell culture, immunofluorescence, chromatin immunoprecipitation, molecular biology, chromatin conformation capture as well as standard biochemical techniques
  8. Acted as informal advisor to PhD students in the lab
  9. Organized group meetings and communication between group members
  10. 2006: Two year guest researcher position funded by Cancerfonden (Swedish Cancer Society)

2001 – 2005 PhD studies
University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
Supervisors: Professor Sir David Lane, Dr Sonia Laín

  1. June 2005: Awarded degree of PhD in Surgery & Molecular Oncology, with a thesis on Discovering novel, non-genotoxic activators of p53
  2. 2003 – 2004 Taught adult education classes on World Religion at the University of Dundee
  3. 2002, 2003 Presented work at scientific conferences (Oxford, UK; Lille, France)
  4. 2002 Supervised undergraduate medical student lab project
  5. 2001 Cancer Research UK PhD studentship

1997 – 2001 Merton College, University of Oxford

  1. 2001 MBioch (First Class) – University of Oxford
  2. 2001 Gibbs book prize for outstanding paper in Part II MBioch – University of Oxford
  3. 2000 Wilder Penfield Prize for undergraduate achievement in science and medicine – Merton College, Oxford
  4. 1999 Participated in undergraduate science programme at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
  5. 1999 Postmastership (full scholarship) – Merton College, Oxford

1987 – 1997: Perse School for Girls, Cambridge

  1. 1997 Oxford and Cambridge Examinations and Assessment Council prize for A Level French
  2. 1997 5 A Levels at Grade A

Other work experience

Interests and activities


Computers and IT

2009 – present: voluntary leadership role with Stoke-on-Trent and North Stafforshire Hebrew Congregation

Summer 2009 Student at Drisha institute for Jewish education, New York

2007 – 2009 Board member, Stockholm Progressive Judaism

2001 – 2005 Religious Affairs Officer, Dundee Hebrew Congregation

2001 – 2004 Treasurer, Dundee Inter Faith Association

2002 – 2004 Jewish representative for Scottish Inter Faith Council Youth section

2001 – 2003 Voluntary teaching at synagogue Sunday School

Last updated 21 September 2016