Dr Rachel Gormal

Research Fellow/Senior Research off

Queensland Brain Institute
+61 7 334 63339


Research Interests

  • Super-resolution Microscopy Techniques and Analysis
  • The applicaton of nanobodies in cell biology
  • Structural Biology and in silico modelling


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Griffith University


  • Jiang, Anmin, Kudo, Kye, Gormal, Rachel S., Ellis, Sevannah, Guo, Sikao, Wallis, Tristan P., Longfield, Shanley F., Robinson, Phillip J., Johnson, Margaret E., Joensuu, Merja and Meunier, Frédéric A. (2024). Dynamin1 long- and short-tail isoforms exploit distinct recruitment and spatial patterns to form endocytic nanoclusters. Nature Communications, 15 (1) 4060, 1-21. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-47677-8

  • Longfield, Shanley F., Gormal, Rachel S., Feller, Matis, Parutto, Pierre, Reingruber, Jürgen, Wallis, Tristan P., Joensuu, Merja, Augustine, George J., Martínez-Mármol, Ramón, Holcman, David and Meunier, Frédéric A. (2024). Synapsin 2a tetramerisation selectively controls the presynaptic nanoscale organisation of reserve synaptic vesicles. Nature Communications, 15 (1) 2217, 1-18. doi: 10.1038/s41467-024-46256-1

  • Akefe, Isaac O, Saber, Saber H, Matthews, Benjamin, Venkatesh, Bharat G, Gormal, Rachel S, Blackmore, Daniel G, Alexander, Suzy, Sieriecki, Emma, Gambin, Yann, Bertran-Gonzalez, Jesus, Vitale, Nicolas, Humeau, Yann, Gaudin, Arnaud, Ellis, Sevannah A, Michaels, Alysee A, Xue, Mingshan, Cravatt, Benjamin, Joensuu, Merja, Wallis, Tristan P and Meunier, Frédéric A (2024). The DDHD2-STXBP1 interaction mediates long-term memory via generation of saturated free fatty acids. The EMBO Journal, 43 (4), 1-35. doi: 10.1038/s44318-024-00030-7

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Sanders, Shanley F., Mollazade, Mahdie, Wallis, Tristan P., Gormal, Rachel S., Joensuu, Merja, Wark, Jesse R., Waardenberg, Ashley J., Small, Christopher, Graham, Mark E., Martinez-Marmol, Ramon and Meunier, Frederic A. (2023). Tau - A master regulator of recycling synaptic vesicle clustering at the presynapse. ISN-ESN 2023 Meeting, Porto, Portugal, 8 - 11 August 2023. Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing. doi: 10.1111/jnc.15897

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision