Rebecca Morrison

Rebecca

Portrait photo of Rebecca Morrison, a white woman with brunette hair past her shoulder, wearing a striped black and white t-shirt and large glasses. Rebecca is standing outside the Crick labs.

Rebecca Morrison, 2020 intake Crick doctoral clinical fellow, Max Gutierrez's lab

I studied medicine at the University of Glasgow and realised that I had a passion for clinical research during my intercalated degree, carrying out my first research project exploring the impact of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s disease patients. I then spent my summer break at university working in a basic science laboratory using cell lines and different drugs to study pulmonary arterial hypertension.  This experience taught me that I loved being in the lab and was inspired by the potential clinical applications of basic science research.

The Crick is one of the most incredible places to do a PhD – you are surrounded by passionate and talented scientists from a large number of disciplines, with plenty of opportunities to collaborate and learn.

I moved to London to carry out my Foundation training at Barts Health NHS Trust and then entered specialty training in Histopathology at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Throughout my clinical training, I have continued working on different research projects as I feel that this is by far the most interesting part of my job!

My PhD is based in the Host-Pathogen Interactions in Tuberculosis laboratory with Dr Max Gutierrez. My project is very much a basic science-focussed project – I work with macrophages, including cells derived from patients, to explore the effects of LRRK2 mutations on immune function in Parkinson’s disease. My lab has been fantastic at training me on the various techniques used and I have really enjoyed transitioning from clinical to lab work. The Crick is one of the most incredible places to do a PhD – you are surrounded by passionate and talented scientists from a large number of disciplines, with plenty of opportunities to collaborate and learn. I am registered with UCL and regularly meet with my secondary clinical supervisor, Prof Huw Morris.

My goal is to qualify as a consultant histopathologist and combine this with research as a clinician scientist – I want to help patients not only through my clinical work but also by advancing our scientific knowledge.

Rebecca Morrison’s Crick research page and publications