Dr. Rachel Kratofil

Postdoctoral Fellow

Rachel received her BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria and her PhD in immunology from the University of Calgary, where she was the recipient of the Canadian Governor General’s Gold Medal for her graduate work on immune regulation of hunger hormones, leptin and ghrelin, during tissue repair. In October 2022, Rachel joined the Naik Lab as a postdoctoral fellow, and she currently studies how microbes affect stem cells in the context of wound healing and cancer.

Selected Publications:

Kratofil RM and Naik S. Fast & scarless: Prx1+ fibroblasts turbocharge healing. 2023. J Exp Med 220 (3): e20222139.

Kratofil RM, Shim HB, Shim R, Lee WY, Labit E, Sinha S, Keenan CM, Surewaard BGJ, Noh JY, Sun Y, Sharkey K, Mack M, Biernaskie J, Deniset JF, and Kubes P. A monocyte-leptin-angiogenesis pathway critical for repair post-infection. Nature 609 (2022).