Rachel Meade

Rachel Meade

Rachel Meade, Graduate Student

B.S. Molecular Biology, The University of Texas at Dallas

Rachel is a second year graduate student in the University Program in Genetics & Genomics.

Originally from Texas, Rachel was excited to pursue research throughout her undergraduate career. She primarily investigated inflammatory signaling and autophagy in breast and prostate cancer cell lines under the mentorship of Dr. Nikki Delk at The University of Texas at Dallas.

Along with her undergraduate studies, Rachel completed research semesters in Dublin, Ireland at the Trinity Translational Medicine Institute under Dr. Mark Little; Marburg, Germany at the Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg under Dr. Jörg Hänze; and Paris, France at the Institut Pasteur under Drs. Xavier Montagutelli and Jean Jaubert, where she mapped the Itgal locus in CC042 mice as a contributing factor to Salmonella Typhimurium susceptibility.

Now that she is pursuing her Ph.D. at Duke, Rachel is excited to study the genetic controls of host-pathogen interactions and continue working with the Collaborative Cross mouse consortium in a new microbial context.

Follow her on Twitter @Rachel_K_Meade! 


  • Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, Duke University (2019)
  • BioCoRE Graduate Scholarship, Duke University (2019)
  • Pasteur Foundation Summer Intern, Institut Pasteur (2018)
  • Barry M. Goldwater Scholar (2018)
  • Eugene McDermott Scholar, The University of Texas at Dallas (2015)


Nawas, AF; Kanchwala, M; Thomas-Jardin, SE; Dahl, H; Daescu, K; Bautista, M; Anunobi, V; Wong, A; Meade, RK; Mistry, R; Ghatwai, N; Bayerl, F; Xing, C; Delk, NA, “IL-1-conferred gene expression pattern in ERα+ BCa and AR+ PCa cells is intrinsic to ERα– BCa and AR– PCa cells and promotes cell survival,” BMC Cancer, 20(46), 2020. (PMID: 31959131)

Zhang, J; Teh, M; Kim, J; Eva, MM; Cayrol, R; Meade, RK; Nijnik, A; Montagutelli, X; Malo, D; Jaubert, J, “A loss-of-function mutation in Itgal contributes to the high susceptibility of Collaborative Cross strain CC042 to Salmonella infections,” Infection and Immunity, 88(1), 2019. (PMID: 31636138)

Thomas, SE; Kanchwala, MS; Jacob, J; Merchant, S; Meade, RK; Ghanim, NM; Nawas, AF; Xing, C; Delk, NA, “Identification of an IL-1 induced gene expression pattern in AR+ PCa cells that mimics the molecular phenotype of AR– PCa cells,” The Prostate, 78(8), 595-606, 2018. (PMID: 29527701)


Singing, board games, learning foreign languages, and playing with her two birds