Massey University Wellington, New Zealand
Associate Professor Rachel Page is a biochemist and has over 20 years research experience in the area of metabolism and disease process. The overarching theme of her research is investigating the impact of the environment and lifestyle factors on human health. This includes identifying diagnostic and therapeutic markers for diabetes mellitus and diabetic nephropathy (awarded NZ Lottery Science Repatriation Fellowship in 1996 to bring me back to NZ for this research), examining role(s) of novel proteins in health (e.g. ubiquitin-like protein; CDK7; beta-defensin-1), performing intervention trials (RICE study, SPIRIT study, WEST study) for improving health outcomes or examining water quality and it′s impact on health (e.g bottled water, recreational water).
My research specialty is in understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms involved in onset and development of disease with an ultimate aim of identifying therapeutic and diagnostic targets for disease intervention. My current research is in diabetes, diabetic nephropathy, regulation of blood pressure and I have 3 current projects collaborating with Endocrine and Diabetes Research Centre, Wellington hospital. These projects range from examining diagnostic markers to intervention trials for people with diabetes mellitus. The projects I am involved with include both quantitative and qualitative research.