Research & Publications
Dr. Rachel Perry is an Assistant Professor in Medicine/Endocrinology and Cellular & Molecular Physiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Rachel's background is in the use of hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamps and stable isotope infusions to assess insulin sensitivity, having earned her B.S. in Biomedical Engineering, Ph.D. (with Distinction) in Cellular & Molecular Physiology, and performed her postdoctoral training in Medicine/Endocrinology, all in the laboratory of Dr. Gerald Shulman. Rachel's CV includes first-author papers in Nature, Cell (2), Science, JCI, PNAS, Nature Medicine (2), PNAS, Nature Communications (3), JBC, Cell Metabolism (2), and AJP-Endocrinology.
The Perry laboratory focuses on applying stable isotope tracer methods to understand obesity- and insulin-associated alterations in metabolic flux pathways. Dr. Perry and her colleagues have recently identified hyperinsulinemia-induced increases in tumor glucose uptake and oxidation as a critical driver of colon cancer in two mouse models of the disease, and mitochondrial uncoupling as a potential therapeutic strategy against the disease (Wang et al. Cell Reports 2018, Nasiri et al. Cancer & Metabolism 2019), and went on to show that responsiveness to insulin is a metabolic signature of obesity-associated tumor types in vitro (Rabin-Court et al. PLoS One 2019).
Current projects in the Perry lab include:
1. What is the molecular mechanism by which obesity and hyperinsulinemia promote tumor growth? How does insulin alter rates of glycolytic, oxidative, and anaplerotic metabolism? Can we invent better tracer methods than currently exist, allowing us to reliably measure rates of these pathways in vivo?
2. What is the impact of exercise, a classic insulin-sensitizing intervention, on obesity-associated tumor growth - and what is the mechanism?
3. Are alterations in tumor immunometabolism permissive for tumor progression? How does cancer therapy alter substrate preference in immune cells? Can we exploit systemic metabolic changes to enhance anti-cancer immunity?
4. How do tumor metabolism and immunometabolism differ - in rate and regulation - in metastases as compared to primary tumor?
5. What drives the changes in glucose metabolism commonly observed in inflammation that occurs following various stimuli? (Close collaboration with Dr. Andrew Wang's lab.)
We would like to recruit a postdoc! Please email the PI (including a biosketch/CV and contact information for two references) if you are interested.
Education & Training
- Postdoctoral FellowYale University (2017)
- PhDYale University Graduate School, Cellular & Molecular Physiology (2013)
- BSYale University, Biomedical Engineering (2008)
Honors & Recognition
|Young Investigator Award||Melanoma Research Alliance||2021|
|Rising Stars of Cancer Metabolism and Signaling Award||New York Academy of Sciences||2021|
|Kingsley Fellow||2020, 2021|
|Breakthrough of the Year||Yale Cancer Signaling Networks Program||2019|
|Translational Science Research Prize||Yale Cancer Center||2018|
|Postdoc of the Year||Journal of Postdoctoral Research||2017|
|Postdoc of the Month||Journal of Postdoctoral Research||2017|
|Blavatnik Award for Young Scientists, Finalist||Blavatnik Family Foundation||2016|
|Bouchet Graduate Honor Society Membership||2016|
|Ph.D. with Distinction||2013|
|Cellular & Molecular Physiology Postdoc Handbook Committee||Member||2021|
|Cellular & Molecular Physiology Graduate Student Handbook Committee||Member||2021|
|Postdoctoral Affairs, Cellular & Molecular Physiology||Co-Director of Postdoctoral Affairs, Cellular & Molecular Physiology Department||2021 - Present|
|VA-ENDA||Member||2021 - Present|
|Yale Pathways to Science Program||Mentor in multiple ad hoc sessions with New Haven Public School students through the Yale Pathways to Science Program.||2021 - Present|
|NIH SPORE I||Ad-hoc Member||2020|
|MTSP Admissions Committee||Member||2020 - Present|
|Section of Endocrinology Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Committee||Co-Chair, Outreach||2020 - Present|
|Section of Endocrinology Research in Progress||Chair||2020 - Present|
|Cancer & Metabolism||Associate Editor||2020 - Present|
|High school students in Kazakhstan||Remote mentor. The two students I mentor earned authorship on a manuscript on bioRxiv, currently in review.||2020 - Present|
|MMPP Admissions Committee||Member||2019 - Present|