Human Islet Research Network

Rachel Madley

Rachel Madley, MA, MPhil
Research Staff
Columbia University
Consortium: CMAI



Modeling Autoimmune Pathogenesis and Beta Cell Destruction by T1D Immune Systems









Where are you from originally, and where did you go to school?

Originally from New Jersey, went to undergrad at University of Michigan- Ann Arbor

►What is your current position?

PhD Candidate

►Why did you decide to become a researcher?

To improve the quality of life for patients living with disease and save the lives of patients with terminal illness.

►What is the “Big Picture” of what you study?

To understand the genetic immune dysregulation that leads to development of Type 1 Diabetes

►What is your favorite aspect of your research?

It is very translational. We are studying human immune systems with and without Type 1 Diabetes.

► What do you hope to achieve with your research?

I hope to better understand the initiation of Type 1 Diabetes and the genetic factors that underlie it. With this knowledge I hope more informed therapies and preventative measures will be possible.

►What groups are you involved in? 

American Association for Advancement of Science
Students for a National Health Program

►When not in the lab what are your favorite hobbies/activities?

Hiking and cycling