Rachel Exley

Stipendiary Lecturer

I am a research scientist based at the Sir William Dunn School of Pathology (University of Oxford, UK).

I currently supervise a small team and we study the interactions of different Neisseria species and the specific mechanisms by which bacteria colonise the human body. I also teach microbiology to undergraduate medical students and am involved in science outreach activities to inspire and engage local primary school children.

Alongside this, I am also a member of the Microbiology Society’s Communications Committee and a representative on the Microbiology in Schools Advisory Committee (MiSAC).


Hollingshead, S. & Jongerius, Ilse & Exley, R. & Johnson, Steven & Lea, Susan & Tang, C.. (2018). Structure-based design of chimeric antigens for multivalent protein vaccines. Nature Communications. 9. 10.1038/s41467-018-03146-7.

Wörmann, Mirka & Horien, Corey & Johnson, Errin & Liu, Guangyu & Aho, Ellen & Tang, Christoph & Exley, Rachel. (2016). Neisseria cinerea isolates can adhere to human epithelial cells by Type IV pilus-independent mechanisms. Microbiology. 162. 10.1099/mic.0.000248.

Tan, Felicia & Tang, Christoph & Exley, Rachel. (2015). Sugar coating: Bacterial protein glycosylation and host-microbe interactions. Trends in biochemical sciences. 40. 10.1016/j.tibs.2015.03.016.

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