Rachael Pearson Cobbold

Rachael Pearson Cobbold


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    Rachael Pearson is Professor of Developmental Neuroscience, recently forming the new KCL Centre for Cell and Gene Therapy together with her long-standing collaborator, Professor Robin Ali. The main focus of Rachael’s research is the development of cell therapy for the treatment of retinal disorders. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers with several landmark papers and preclinical proof-of-concept studies. Pearson & Ali provided the first proof of concept for effective transplantation of photoreceptors (Nature 2006; Nature, 2012; Nature Communications, 2016) that has provided the basis for ES cell-derived photoreceptor transplantation, now a major programme in their laboratory (Nature Biotech 2013; Stem Cell Reports, 2017a,b; Cell Reports 2021a). Complememtary to this main programme of research, Rachael has strong interests in retinal development and degeneration and how these respective processes may be harnessed for improving regenerative therapies such as transplantation and endogenous repair (e.g. Neuron, 2018, GLIA, 2021; Cell Reports, 2021b; EMBO Reports 2021).

    Rachael has received several awards for her work on developing new treatments for retinal degeneration, including a Royal Society University Research Fellowship, several Young Investigator Awards and an Alcon Research Institute Award. She was recently elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Biologists.

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy

    Education/Academic qualification

    Neuroscience, Doctor of Philosophy, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON


    Award Date: 31 Jan 2004

    Natural Sciences (Physiological Sciences), Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford


    Award Date: 1 Aug 1999


    • QP Physiology
    • Retina
    • Developmental Neurobiology
    • Photoreceptors
    • Stem Cells
    • Regenerative Medicine
    • Transplantation
    • Imaging
    • Vision


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