Dr Rawle has a PhD in immunology and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the UK and the USA before joining the MRC as a programme manager for AIDS research in 1991. Since then she has had various roles at the MRC, including programme manager for public health, leading the early planning stages of UK Biobank, head of the Research Careers group and leading the Molecular and Cellular Medicine group.  In her spare time, she is chair of governors at a primary school.