Dr Rebecca San Gil

FightMND Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute


Rebecca completed her PhD at the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute at the University of Wollongong in June 2018. Her PhD research investigated the role of the heat shock response and inflammation in neurodegenerative diseases with a focus on motor neuron disease (MND). During her PhD, Rebecca undertook an Endeavour Research Fellowship to conduct research at the Institute of Neurology, University College London under the supervision of Prof Linda Greensmith. She has since been recruited to the Neurodegeneration Pathobiology Lab at the Queensland Brain Institute by Dr Adam Walker as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Rebecca is a motivated and passionate MND researcher whose main objective is to find new therapeutics to treat or cure people living with MND.

Research Interests

  • Motor Neuron Disease (MND)
  • Proteostasis


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Wollongong


  • San Gil, Rebecca, Pascovici, Dana, Venturato, Juliana, Brown-Wright, Heledd, Mehta, Prachi, Madrid San Martin, Lidia, Wu, Jemma, Luan, Wei, Chui, Yi Kit, Bademosi, Adekunle T., Swaminathan, Shilpa, Naidoo, Serey, Berning, Britt A., Wright, Amanda L., Keating, Sean S., Curtis, Maurice A., Faull, Richard L. M., Lee, John D., Ngo, Shyuan T., Lee, Albert, Morsch, Marco, Chung, Roger S., Scotter, Emma, Lisowski, Leszek, Mirzaei, Mehdi and Walker, Adam K. (2024). A transient protein folding response targets aggregation in the early phase of TDP-43-mediated neurodegeneration. Nature Communications, 15 (1) 1508. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-45646-9

  • Jacobs, Matisse T., San Gil, Rebecca and Walker, Adam K. (2023). UndERACting ion channels in neurodegeneration. Trends in Neurosciences, 47 (2), 87-89. doi: 10.1016/j.tins.2023.11.002

  • Luan, Wei, Wright, Amanda L., Brown-Wright, Heledd, Le, Sheng, San Gil, Rebecca, Madrid San Martin, Lidia, Ling, Karen, Jafar-Nejad, Paymaan, Rigo, Frank and Walker, Adam K. (2023). Early activation of cellular stress and death pathways caused by cytoplasmic TDP-43 in the rNLS8 mouse model of ALS and FTD. Molecular Psychiatry, 28 (6), 2445-2461. doi: 10.1038/s41380-023-02036-9

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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor