BA, BA (Pomona), MPhil, PhD
- Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow (B)
Dr Gabriella Heller studied Chemistry and Mathematics at Pomona College in Claremont, California. She first came to Cambridge in 2014 as a Churchill Scholar to pursue an MPhil degree in the Chemistry Department, and remained there as a Gates Cambridge Scholar for her PhD. Gabriella is now the Rosalind Franklin Research Fellow at Newnham College, Cambridge.
Gabi’s research focuses on intrinsically disordered proteins, biomolecules lacking a single, rigid three-dimensional structure that instead exist as a dynamic equilibrium of conformationally distinct states. These proteins are highly prevalent in diseases such as dementia and cancer, yet are often considered therapeutically ‘untargetable’ as they are not amenable to traditional drug discovery techniques. She aims to understand whether and how intrinsically disordered proteins can be targeted by small molecule therapeutics using a combination of computational and experimental biophysical techniques.