Rachel Tribe

Rachel Tribe, FPhysiol FRSB

Professor, PhD

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Research interests

Professor Tribe's scientific research interests include the innate immune system in the pregnant vaginal tract (host defense peptides, microbiome and metabolome), ion channel function in uterine smooth muscle, the physiology of parturition and the impact of maternal age on pregnancy outcome. Clinical studies include the prediction (biomarker discovery and development), prevention and treatment of preterm labour and improving induction and augmentation of labour. Recent projects include research into Kv7 channels as targets for tocolysis, validation of a patented host defense peptide biomarker for prediction of preterm birth (INSIGHT study) and an RCT of three treatments for a shortening cervix in women at high risk of preterm labour (SuPPORT).  

Research interests (short)

Ion channel function in smooth muscle

Physiology of parturition and impact of obsesity and maternal age

Innate immune system in the pregant female reproductive tract

Biomarkers for prediction of preterm labour

Development of tocolytic therapy for use in preterm labour

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 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, The Role of Dietary Salt and Sodium Transport in Asthma, United Medical and Dental Schools (UMDS)

Award Date: 1 Jan 1992

Physiology and Zoology, Bachelor of Science, University of Sheffield

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988


  • QP Physiology
  • Smooth muscle
  • Innate immune system
  • Myometrium
  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • Pregnancy
  • Preterm Birth
  • Parturition
  • Biomarkers
  • Maternal age


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