Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Dr Rachel Crossland

Research Associate



2011: PhD Molecular Biology of Cancer, Newcastle University

2006: BSc Biomedical Sciences, Newcastle University (First class)



Pathological Society Meeting Bursary. March 2018.

NanoString RNA:Protein competition awardee. May 2016.

EMEA Affymetrix Tumour Profiling competition awardee. April 2016.

British Council Researcher Links Scholarship - Extracellular Vesicles Workshop, Russia. Feb 2015.

Life Technologies Ion Torrent™ Transcriptome Profiling competition awardee. Jan 2015.

NanoString PanCancer Panel Driver Genes and Cancer Pathways competition awardee. April 2014.

NEPAC Travel Scholarship - American Society of Haematology 56th Annual Meeting. Dec 2014.

BACR non-student Travel Award - 12th International Conference on Malignant Lymphomas. June 2013.

First Poster Prize, Euroscicon Meeting - Biomarker Discovery: Driving Technologies. Feb 2013.

BSH Travel Scholarship - ESH International Conference on Lymphomas. Oct 2012.

ESH Scholarship - ESH International Conference on Lymphomas. Oct 2012.

Newcastle University Graduate School Award - North East Postgraduate Conference 2009.

ESH Scholarship - Biomarkers and Prognosis in Malignant Lymphoma ESH-EHA Scientific Workshop. Apr 2008.


Reviewer for the Newcastle Academic Health Partners Bioresource

RealICM (Researchers Altogether ICM) Committee, Newcastle University

Topic Editor Frontiers Special Edition: Cell to Cell Communication by Extracellular Vesicles

Board Member: Social Media, UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles (UKEV)

COST Action CA17138 EUROGRAFT Management Committee

COST Action CA17138 Science Communication Manager


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British Association for Cancer Research (BACR)

European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)

British Society for Haematology (BSH)

Pathological Society

Biochemical Society

UK Society for Extracellular Vesicles (UKEV)

Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)

European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI)



My research focuses on the molecular profiling of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. I am particularly interested in the role of extracellular vesicles (EVs) and their molecular cargo in disease pathology, as biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis, and as potential therapeutic agents. I am currently investigating the EV profiles in acute and chronic graft versus host disease, as well as the beneficial effects of mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) derived EVs in osteoarthritis.


BSc: Annual undergraduate students from BSc Biomedical Sciences

MRes: Annual MRes students.

Clinical: 4th year elective medical student projects.

PhD: Ms Sadaf Atarod (co-supervisor), Ms Rihab Gam (co-supervisor).

Celleurope Initial Training Network: Immunohistochemistry Workshop and Molecular Biology Workshop.

ARUK Tissue Engineering Centre Training and Development Programme Coordinator

COST Action CA17138 Short Term Scientific Mission Supervisor