Ian Crocker

Ian Crocker, BSc, PhD

Dr, BSc, PGCE, PhD

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Senior Lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health


My research career has been dedicated to many aspects of pregnancy and its clinical complications - from my early studies of the immunology and vascular biology of pregnancy, to more recent work on the human placenta and its pathophysiology. I’m past recipient of a NIHR Personal Award and prestigious Gabor Than Award from the International Federation of Placental Associations for my outstanding contributions to placental research.



Undergraduate Teaching:

Current: Semester 1 Examine Lead, Portfolio Tutor, PPD sessions Tutor, PEP Tutor, Poster PEP Tutor, Advanced Personal Excellence Paths Tutor. MBChB Programme, University of Manchester 

Past: Lecturer Human Reproductive Biology, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester

Postgraduate Teaching:

Current: MRes Pregnancy and Reproduction – Committee Member, Admissions Lead, Supervisor, Tutor, Assessor and Examiner.

Past: Lecture in Biochemistry for MRCOG Part 1 revision course, Lecturer on the International Exchange Programme for Developmental and Perinatal Biology, Karolinska Institute. Lecture MSc, Nottingham Trent University

Postgraduate Research:  Senior Postgraduate Research Tutor – Division of Developmental Biology & Medicine

Past Lead Supervisor: Dr Hannah Kither PhD awarded 2019, Dr Stephanie Varghese, MPhil awarded 2014. Dr Peter Sipos, PhD awarded 2012. Dr Debora Chirico, MD awarded 2012, Dr Andrew Sharp, PhD awarded 2011, Ms Elizabeth Hutchinson, PhD awarded 2009, Dr Alexander Heazell, PhD awarded 2008, Ms Dympna Tansinda, MPhil awarded 2004.

Past Co-supervisor: Dr Caroline Wright, PhD awarded 2013

Current PGR students: Ms Chloe Brady PhD Student, Ms Anna Hoaksey PhD Student, Mr Yousef Almoghrabi PhD student. 

Current PGR Advisor:   Dr Reena Perchard, MD student and Dr Lynne Warrander, PhD student, Developmental Biology & Medicine

University Research Ethics Committee 2: Member and Deputy Chair, University of Manchester

Biobank Committee member, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, University of Manchester

Doctoral Academy Travel Award Committee Member, University of Manchester

My collaborations

Prof Gil Mor and Dr Vikki Abrahams, Yale University, USA

Dr Carl Hubel, Magee Research Institute, Pittsburgh, USA


Memberships of committees and professional bodies


2019 onwards     Research Advisory Committee Member - Wellbeing of Women 

2012 onwards     Executive Committee member of Maternal Medicine Clinical Studies Group (NIH CLRN)

2011 onwards     Planning Committee Member, European Placental Group
2011 onwards     Medical Advisory Committee and Media Spokesperson for SPARKS - Children’s Medical Research Charity
2009 onwards     Committee Member and Treasurer, Blair Bell Society (RCOG)
2009 onwards     Faculty Member of Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)
2008 onwards     Trusteee and Member of the Scientific Committee for the Castang Foundation (Cerebral Palsy Charity)
2006 - 2010        Member of the NIHR Faculty

2011 onwards     British Society for Cardiovascular Research
2010 onwards     Association of Research Ethics Committees
2007 onwards     Blair Bell Research Society
2004 - 08            Biochemical Society
2001 onwards     Physiological Society
2001 onwards     European Placenta Group/International Federation of Placental Associations (IFPA)
2000 - 06            Society for Gynecologic Investigation
1999 - 08            British Society for Cell Biology

2008 - 2014    The journal ‘Placenta'

Methodological knowledge

Immunohisto/cytochemistry, flow cytometry (departmental supervisor), cell isolation, cell/tissue culture, stereology, confocal microscopy, protein extraction/analysis, wire-myography, ion-exchange/affinity chromatography and HPLC.


BSc (Hons) Biochemistry, PGCE (Secondary Education), PhD, PGCert Higher Education 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Manchester Regenerative Medicine Network
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute


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