Rebecca completed her PhD in 2013 at the University of Wollongong where she investigated the potential of the extracellular chaperone clusterin to act as an immune modulator.
Post-PhD she moved to London to join Professor Chris Drakeley’s group at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine working on a malaria seroepidemiology program, and helped to establish a seroepidemiology lab in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia.
To combine her interest in immunology, infectious disease and translational research she took up a role as Senior Research Assistant at the Jenner institute (University of Oxford) working on the development of malaria transmission blocking vaccines. Before joining the spin-out company Spybiotech as Lead Scientist to harness the use of the spy-tag spy-catcher system to develop innovative vaccines to target a range of disease candidates.
She has a keen interest in translational research and is currently focused on the development of point of care diagnostics for the quantitative detection of G6PD deficiency, which will allow informed treatment of patients with malaria and help us towards the goal of eliminating malaria.
- 2019-present: Senior Research Officer, Burnet Institute
- 2017-2019: Lead Scientist, Spybiotech - Oxford UK
- 2014-2017: Senior Research Assistant, Jenner Institute at the University of Oxford, UK
- 2013-2014: Research Officer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine - London UK
- 2013: PhD, University of Wollongong
- 2007: Honours (class I): Bachelors of Biotechnology (Advanced), University of Wollongong
- Structural basis for recognition of the malaria vaccine candidate Pfs48/45 by a transmission blocking antibody.
Frank Lennartz, Florian Brod, Rebecca Dabbs, Kazutoyo Miura, David Mekhaiel, Arianna Marini, Matthijs M Jore, Max M Sogaard, Thomas Jorgensen, Willem A de Jongh, Robert W Sauerwein, Carole A Long, Sumi Biswas, Matthew K Higgins
Nat Commun. 2018 Sep; 9(1):3822
- Production, quality control, stability, and potency of cGMP-produced Plasmodium falciparum RH5.1 protein vaccine expressed in Drosophila S2 cells.
Jing Jin, Richard D Tarrant, Emma J Bolam, Philip Angell-Manning, Max Soegaard, David J Pattinson, Pawan Dulal, Sarah E Silk, Jennifer M Marshall, Rebecca A Dabbs, Fay L Nugent, Jordan R Barrett, Kathryn A Hjerrild, Lars Poulsen, Thomas Jorgensen, Tanja Brenner, Ioana N Baleanu, Helena M Parracho, Abdessamad Tahiri-Alaoui, Gary Whale, Sarah Moyle, Ruth O Payne, Angela M Minassian, Matthew K Higgins, Frank J Detmers, Alison M Lawrie, Alexander D Douglas, Robert Smith, Willem A de Jongh, Eleanor Berrie, Rebecca Ashfield, Simon J Draper
NPJ Vaccines. 2018 Aug; 3:32
- Current and cumulative malaria infections in a setting embarking on elimination: Amhara, Ethiopia.
Woyneshet G Yalew, Sampa Pal, Pooja Bansil, Rebecca Dabbs, Kevin Tetteh, Caterina Guinovart, Michael Kalnoky, Belendia A Serda, Berhane H Tesfay, Belay B Beyene, Catherine Seneviratne, Megan Littrell, Lindsay Yokobe, Gregory S Noland, Gonzalo J Domingo, Asefaw Getachew, Chris Drakeley, Richard W Steketee
Malar J. 2017 Jun; 16(1):242
- Blood Group Antigen Recognition via the Group A Streptococcal M Protein Mediates Host Colonization.
David M P De Oliveira, Lauren Hartley-Tassell, Arun Everest-Dass, Christopher J Day, Rebecca A Dabbs, Thomas Ve, Bostjan Kobe, Victor Nizet, Nicolle H Packer, Mark J Walker, Michael P Jennings, Martina L Sanderson-Smith
MBio. 2017 Jan; 8(1)
- Extracellular chaperones.
Rebecca A Dabbs, Amy R Wyatt, Justin J Yerbury, Heath Ecroyd, Mark R Wilson
Top Curr Chem. 2013 Jul; 328:241-268