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Professor Rachel Tribe PhD, FPhysiol

Vice Dean (Research & Impact)

  • Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Sciences 

Research interests

  • Women

Biography

Rachel Tribe is Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Health. She trained as a physiologist (BSc Special Dual Hons Physiology and Zoology) at the University of Sheffield and gained a PhD from the University of London focusing on dietary salt intake, sodium transport, and bronchial reactivity. Subsequently, as an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellow she studied smooth muscle intracellular calcium regulation at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, USA. On returning to the UK, Dr Tribe became interested in pregnancy and preterm birth and now leads a multidisciplinary research group in the Dept. of Women and Children’s Health, KCL funded by the MRC, Borne Foundation, Action Medical Research, Rosetree Trust, Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and Tommy’s charity. Professor Tribe’s research focuses on translational research related to preterm birth and other pregnancy associated conditions. Specific interests include uterine ion channel physiology, female reproductive tract innate immune system and interactions with the microbiome in pregnancy, identification of biomarkers for prediction of preterm birth and the potential of combining breastfeeding with probiotic supplementation to improve infant gut health. Professor Tribe collaborates with colleagues in the UK, USA, Australia, Canada, Kenya, The Gambia, Mozambique and India. She has a global health portfolio of studies to understand preterm birth phenotypes and prediction in different settings, leading the PRECISE Spontaneous Preterm Birth Study and is a Co-I on the PRECISE Network.

Professor Tribe was appointed as Vice Dean for Research and Impact in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine in Sept 2023 and is also the Faculty Research Integrity Champion. This role has a large focus on enhancing research capacity in the faculty, supporting research staff career development and promoting a positive research culture.

Rachel Tribe has a long standing involvement in the Physiological Society (previously on Council, Chair of the Membership & Grants Committee and Diversity/Equality Lead). Other professional roles have included membership of the Preterm Clinical Study Group Executive, Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology UK and PREBIC (Preterm Birth International Collaborative) and Convenor of the Annual Myometrium and Parturition Satellite meeting for the Society of Reproductive Investigation. She is also part of the management team overseeing the collaborative UK Preterm Birth Network Clinical database; this links data from high risk pregnancies in 29 centres across the UK and abroad for research purposes.

Professor Tribe teaches biomedical and medical undergraduate students and established the interdisciplinary MSc in Women and Children’s Health. Committed to supporting early career researchers, Rachel Tribe has successfully supervised and mentored many BSc, MSc, MD and PhD students in Women’s Health.

    Research

    baby foot-hero
    Tribe Lab

    Through our mother-child cohorts, our goal is to improve outcomes for pregnant women and their children and promote health throughout the life course.

    mother and child hands
    INSIGHT-2

    Mechanistic Studies into Pregnancy Complications and their Impact on Maternal and Child Health

    PISA Hero
    PISA: Prenatal drivers of infant ISlet Autoimmunity

    As childhood onset of T1D becomes more prevalent, there is an increasing need to understand how early life exposures could influence the development of the child and predispose to the development of autoimmunity.

    Preterm birth app_promo
    Preterm and Term Birth Group

    Preterm and Term Birth Group

    HAB_logo_letters
    The Hub for Applied Bioinformatics (HAB)

    Welcome to the Hub for Applied Bioinformatics @KCL, a place where big data are transformed into valuable knowledge that can drive scientific breakthroughs in the fields of life sciences and medicine.

    global
    Global Maternal Health

    Global Maternal Health

    T-cells thumbnail
    Regulatory T Cells in Pregnancy Adverse Outcomes (Rutepo)

    Tregs play a critical role in maintaining immune tolerance during pregnancy, and their dysfunction has been associated with pregnancy complications.

    Project status: Ongoing

    News

    RNA messages can predict preterm birth

    Material RNA messages from babies, mothers and placenta can predict that a baby will be born prematurely, a new study has found.

    Baby-news

    Single blood sample can detect women at risk of pre-eclampsia

    A study of pregnant women’s blood RNA has found specific molecular profiles that identify women at risk of pre-eclampsia. These insights can identify...

    Premature baby

    King's research group awarded funds to investigate origins of preterm labour and birth

    The group plans to map the uterus to understand the biological events driving the transition from pregnancy to established labour.

    Incubators

    Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy impacts the developing immune system of the fetus

    New research from King’s suggests COVID-19 infection in the mother alters the immune system of the baby in utero.

    Pregnancy COVID-19

    App developed to determine risk of preterm birth recommended by NHS England

    A mobile-phone app and best practice toolkit used to calculate a woman’s individual risk of preterm birth were recently launched due to COVID-19 and are now...

    Pregnancy

    Events

    26FebWISS 2024 - Event on KCL Webpage - Many Faces - 780 x 440

    Women in STEMM: Mind the Gap - a leap towards equality

    Join our Women in STEMM Season - a month-long celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine at King's.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Spotlight

    Improving outcomes of high-risk pregnancy

    Addressing an unmet meet need for strategies to identify women and babies at risk of serious complications of pregnancy

    Maternal health

      Research

      baby foot-hero
      Tribe Lab

      Through our mother-child cohorts, our goal is to improve outcomes for pregnant women and their children and promote health throughout the life course.

      mother and child hands
      INSIGHT-2

      Mechanistic Studies into Pregnancy Complications and their Impact on Maternal and Child Health

      PISA Hero
      PISA: Prenatal drivers of infant ISlet Autoimmunity

      As childhood onset of T1D becomes more prevalent, there is an increasing need to understand how early life exposures could influence the development of the child and predispose to the development of autoimmunity.

      Preterm birth app_promo
      Preterm and Term Birth Group

      Preterm and Term Birth Group

      HAB_logo_letters
      The Hub for Applied Bioinformatics (HAB)

      Welcome to the Hub for Applied Bioinformatics @KCL, a place where big data are transformed into valuable knowledge that can drive scientific breakthroughs in the fields of life sciences and medicine.

      global
      Global Maternal Health

      Global Maternal Health

      T-cells thumbnail
      Regulatory T Cells in Pregnancy Adverse Outcomes (Rutepo)

      Tregs play a critical role in maintaining immune tolerance during pregnancy, and their dysfunction has been associated with pregnancy complications.

      Project status: Ongoing

      News

      RNA messages can predict preterm birth

      Material RNA messages from babies, mothers and placenta can predict that a baby will be born prematurely, a new study has found.

      Baby-news

      Single blood sample can detect women at risk of pre-eclampsia

      A study of pregnant women’s blood RNA has found specific molecular profiles that identify women at risk of pre-eclampsia. These insights can identify...

      Premature baby

      King's research group awarded funds to investigate origins of preterm labour and birth

      The group plans to map the uterus to understand the biological events driving the transition from pregnancy to established labour.

      Incubators

      Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 during pregnancy impacts the developing immune system of the fetus

      New research from King’s suggests COVID-19 infection in the mother alters the immune system of the baby in utero.

      Pregnancy COVID-19

      App developed to determine risk of preterm birth recommended by NHS England

      A mobile-phone app and best practice toolkit used to calculate a woman’s individual risk of preterm birth were recently launched due to COVID-19 and are now...

      Pregnancy

      Events

      26FebWISS 2024 - Event on KCL Webpage - Many Faces - 780 x 440

      Women in STEMM: Mind the Gap - a leap towards equality

      Join our Women in STEMM Season - a month-long celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine at King's.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Spotlight

      Improving outcomes of high-risk pregnancy

      Addressing an unmet meet need for strategies to identify women and babies at risk of serious complications of pregnancy

      Maternal health