Rebecca Roberts,PhD

Rebecca Roberts, PhD

Rebecca Roberts is a science writer and communicator. She earned her PhD in molecular biology from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia and completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at Lund University in Sweden. Her writing focuses on gene editing technology, cell and gene therapies, and the regulatory space.

Articles by Rebecca Roberts, PhD
Microscopic Bowls Uncover the Secrets of Protein Secretions
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Jan 30, 2024 | 4 min read
Researchers developed a “test tube” so tiny that it can hold a single cell. These vials enabled them to connect protein secretion levels with surface markers and transcriptome data from the same cell. 
<h1 >Precision Medicine: A New Era in Cancer Therapy</h1>
Precision Medicine: A New Era in Cancer Therapy
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Dec 15, 2023 | 6 min read
Precision medicine helps clinicians tailor individual treatments, addressing genetic mutations, tumor microenvironment variations, and therapeutic resistance.
A New mRNA Malaria Vaccine 
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Nov 30, 2023 | 3 min read
By targeting resident memory T cells in the liver, a novel mRNA malaria vaccine prevented infection, even in those with prior exposure.
Epigenetic Changes Drive Cancer 
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Nov 28, 2023 | 3 min read
An analysis of almost 700 different tumors revealed that DNA methylation drives tumorigenesis just like genetic mutations do. 
Aging and Cancer
Aging and Cancer
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Nov 14, 2023 | 6 min read
The relationship between aging and cancer is complex, with several shared underlying mechanisms. 
A blood test tube with the label &lsquo;cfDNA Screening&ndash;Test&rsquo;, held in a hand wearing blue gloves.
The Basics and Applications of Cell-Free DNA 
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Nov 8, 2023 | 5 min read
Found circulating in peripheral blood, scientists use cell-free DNA (cfDNA) to assess genetic abnormalities, infections, cancer, transplant rejection, and cardiovascular disease.
An Introduction to Metabolomics
An Introduction to Metabolomics
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Oct 17, 2023 | 5 min read
As the closest reflection of biological phenotype, metabolomics provides critical information about human health and disease.
Artist&rsquo;s impression of stem cells. The cells have a transparent cell membrane on a pale blue background.
Overcoming Cancer Therapy Obstacles With Epitope Editing
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Oct 12, 2023 | 3 min read
Editing epitopes expressed on the surfaces of transplanted hematopoietic stem cells renders them resistant to AML treatments without affecting their critical functions.
A woman with diabetes checks her blood glucose levels using a wearable biosensor patch on her upper arm, transmitting the results to a smartphone.
Wearable Biosensors and Their Applications
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Sep 11, 2023 | 5 min read
Allowing users to continually monitor biological signals over time, wearable biosensors pave the way toward personalized healthcare.
A close-up of the human eye, showing a colorful iris, black pupil, and transparent cornea.
Specialized T Cells Patrol Human Corneas
Rebecca Roberts, PhD | Aug 22, 2023 | 4 min read
A new imaging technique puts the immune system of the eye in perspective, challenging a long-held status quo.