Rachel McLoughlin is Assistant Professor in Immunology at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK. She undertook postdoctoral training at the School of Biosciences, Cardiff University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, USA before obtaining a faculty position as Assistant Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School. In 2010 Dr McLoughlin moved to Trinity College Dublin where she established the Host Pathogen Interactions Group within the School of Biochemistry and Immunology.
Dr McLoughlin’s research is focused on understanding the host immune response to Staphylococccus aureus exposure, with a particular focus on adaptive cellular immunity. This research has significantly contributed to a shift in the dogma surrounding the role of antibodies in protection against S. aureus infection and as result the field now accepts that anti-S. aureus vaccines must induce protective cellular in addition to humoral immunity. Dr McLoughlin continues to uncover novel T-cell subsets that play critical roles in the host’s immune response to both infection and colonization with S. aureus. Dr McLoughlin has published extensively in this field and her research has made a significant global impact. She has raised substantial research funding from both National (Science Foundation Ireland, Health Research Board, Irish Research Council) and International (The Wellcome Trust, Marie Curie Actions) funding agencies to support her research program.