Rachael is a Data Scientist in the Division of Extramural Activities (DEA), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Applied Biology and spent the early part of her career as a molecular biologist with Pharmagene Laboratories (now Asterand Bioscience) in Hertfordshire, UK.  Whilst at Pharmagene Rachael took the opportunity to develop her computer skills eventually moving on to become an informatics scientist at Cambridge Antibody Technology (CAT)

Current Role

Rachael’s current role is to provide high-level system development, administrative, IT project management and programmatic support to the Scientific Review Program (SRP) at NIAID within NIH.  She is currently leading the redesign of a NIAID wide web solution for internally managing the scientific review process. 

Continuing her passion for using technology to make life easier, Rachael identified opportunities to increase efficiency across NIAID by using Natural Language Processing to identify people and places from documents, and summarize large text documents.  After successfully developing and presenting proof of concept applications to senior leaders within NIAID, Rachael was given the go ahead to develop them in to full applications to be used across NIAID. 

Rachael is in the process of completing her dissertation project for an MSc in Software for Commerce and Industry


In 2003 Rachael joined the Informatics Group at Cambridge Antibody Technology (now MedImmune) in Cambridge, UK, where she was part of team that developed custom Java/Oracle software applications to support biologics screening analysis, sample tracking, sequence analysis and cell line management processes. 

During Rachael’s career at MedImmune she took on increasing levels of technical and management responsibility of teams delivering software solutions to support biological research across MedImmune sites.     

After the merger of CAT and MedImmune, Rachael moved to MedImmune’s headquarters in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA in 2010 where she led a team of informatics scientists in the continued development of custom Java and web based systems to support early drug discovery research.