Rachel Drake

  • Current Program Year: MS3
  • Graduate, Physiology and Pharmacology Graduate Program, School of Medicine
  • M.D./Ph.D. Program Students, School of Medicine


Dissertation Title: Myocardial Fatty Acid Metabolism in Normal Ovine Development and Intrauterine Growth Restriction

Research Interests: Cardiomyocyte lipid metabolism, metabolic maturation, intrauterine growth restriction, prematurity and molecular nutrition. A study of the switch from glycolysis to fatty acid utilization by fetal cardiomyocytes from gestation to newborns

Education and training

    • B.S., 2014, University of Minnesota
    • B.A., 2014, University of Minnesota
    • Ph.D., 2021, Oregon Health & Science University

Honors and awards

  • F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein Fellowship


Selected publications

  • Lindgren, I.M., Drake, R.R., Chattergoon, N.N., and Thornburg, K.L. Down-regulation of MEIS1 promotes the maturation of oxidative phosphorylation in perinatal cardiomyocytes. FASEB J. 2019 Jun;33(6):7417-7426. doi: 10.1096/fj.201801330RR. Epub 2019 Mar 18. PMID: 30884246; PMCID: PMC6529342.
  • Thornburg,. K.L., Kolahi, K., Pierce, M., Valent, A., Drake, R., and Louey, S. Biological features of placental programming. Placenta. (2016). Dec;48 Suppl 1:S47-S53.


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