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Miss Rachel Lawrence

Research Assistant, Medicine

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker

Research Links

PLD/DTG - 414
Fourth Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus


Dr Rachel Lawrence is a postdoctoral research scientist in the In vitro Toxicology group in the Medical School. Dr Lawrence received a BSc in Medical Genetics before completing her PhD in early 2020, both at Swansea University. Dr Lawrence has a keen interest in early cancer diagnosis and currently works on a project aiming to develop a blood test that will allow for the early detection of certain cancer types. With a background in DNA damage and mutation testing, Dr Lawrence works on identifying certain factors that can affect blood mutation levels and subsequent cancer risk including those induced by dietary, lifestyle and occupational exposures.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Blood based mutation testing
  • Genetic toxicology
  • Early diagnosis
  • Cancer genetics

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Dr Lawrence teaches on the Genomic Medicine Masters course.


Dr Lawrence’s research interests include measuring different types of DNA damage in blood cells as a stratification marker of cancer risk. This includes optimisation of in vitro assays that complement what is happening in the human body.  


Clinical collaborations include The Department of Endoscopy, Singleton Hospital and The Rapid Diagnostic Clinic, Neath Port Talbot Hospital, Swansea Bay University Health Board. 

Industrial collaborations include Toxalim Research Centre, Toulouse.