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Dr Rafia Al-Lamki

Clinical Scientist in the Department of Medicine

Dr Rafia Al-Lamki is a Clinical Scientist in the Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge. She has been educated in Kenya, Oman, USA and the UK. Rafia graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Applied Biological/Biomedical Sciences at the University of the West of England in Bristol in 1994 before gaining an MPhil/PhD in Cellular Pathology at the University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam College in 1999. She has received several awards; the Oman-American Joint Commission Scholarship in Advanced Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, USA, Oman Ministry of Health-British Council scholarship, Leatherseller’s Prestigious Award for highest achiever during her BSc studies, training fellowship in Cellular Pathology from the World Health Organisation and the Cambridge Commonwealth/Overseas Trust bursary. She was appointed a Research Associate in the Department of Medicine in 2000, joined St Edmund’s college as a Bye-Fellow in 2004, and became a Senior Research Associate in 2005 and Clinical Scientist in 2007. Rafia's research focuses on the role of the inflammatory mediator tumour necrosis factor, in renal disorders and cancer, and cardiovascular disease. She has developed a unique tissue organ culture model, which has provided novel insights into molecular and cellular responses in kidney and heart tissue, findings of which have contributed to various publications and a patent invention. She has also recently established a novel model system for isolation and culture of cancer stem cells from human kidney tissue. She is an active participant in the Cambridge-Yale Cardiovascular Research Programme; Editorial board member of various journals, recently co-authored a book ‘The TNF Superfamily’ and a fellow of several prestigious organisations. Solely, Rafia self-raised £70,000 to fund her MPhil/PhD studies in the University of Cambridge. She is fluent in English, Kiswahili and understands Arabic. Her interests include travelling, reading, running, windsurfing, squash, tennis, netball and dancing. She has assisted in coaching and organising the Omani Nurses team in the Muscat Ladies Netball league of Oman.

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