Dr. Rachel T. KOTILA


Personal Statement


My research interest is in the haemoglobinopathies with focus on the thalassaemias. My work on haemoglobinopathies is linked to my interest in medical genetics (molecular genetics). I have found a much higher prevalence of beta thalassaemia among Nigerians than is previously thought. Presently, I want to determine the mutations responsible for beta thalassaemia in Nigerians and the interactions between alpha and beta thalassaemia in the population, and link these to the clinical presentations as observed in Nigerians.