French, Rachael

French, Rachael

Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences




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Alternate: (408) 924-4894

Office Hours

Tuesday, 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, 11-12 a.m. To make an appointment online (preferred), go to:


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Univ Of Washington, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science, Genetics, Univ Of Cal-Davis, California, United States, 1995


I earned my Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2003, and did a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral genetics at U.C.S.F.

My lab uses the common fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster to study the genetic and molecular mechanisms mediating the cellular response to alcohol exposure. I have established a Drosophila model of fetal alcohol syndrome. My current research focuses on using this model to identify the neurodevelopmental pathways that are altered by exposure to alcohol during development, and the genes underlying those pathways. Understanding these pathways may lead to future therapeutics to treat fetal alcohol syndrome.

In my copious free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband and daughter, reading, and dancing.