Rebecca completed her PhD research under Prof. Luke O’Neill in Trinity College Dublin at one of the leading laboratories in the innate immunity field.

For her work on the regulation of TLR signalling she received the International Endotoxin and Innate Immunity Society Young Investigator Award in 2012. However, her main research focus has been inflammasomes and their therapeutic targeting by small molecule drugs. Her recent first author publication on MCC950 in Nature Medicine has been widely acclaimed (the subject of seven commentaries in leading journals and attention from 24 international news outlets) and is already a highly cited paper.

She joined the Schroder group in May 2014 with the goal of defining the molecular target of MCC950 as part of a broader collaboration between the Schroder, Cooper and O’Neill labs.