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My research focuses on embryo-endometrial interactions during human embryo implantation. I came from a cell biology background before embarking on post-doctoral studies to investigate implantation. In 2018, I began a Fellowship at the Maternal and Fetal Research Centre to develop and interrogate sophisticated in vitro models of human embryo implantation and placenta using embryos and stem/primary cell systems. Cell biology techniques, microscopy and in silico integration of omics data are being leveraged to understand the basic biology of implantation and placentation. Particular focus is being trained on how defective implantation contributes to infertility and pregnancy complications. Mouse models are also utilised to investigate how events at implantation can lead to developmental programming effects on offspring health.

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

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Functional Characterisation of the Microtubule Plus End-Associated EB Protein Family Member, EB2, University of Leeds

1 Sept 200631 Aug 2010

Award Date: 15 Mar 2011

Bachelor of Science, Cell Biology with Industrial Experience, The University of Manchester

Sept 2002Jun 2006

Award Date: 1 Jul 2006

External positions

Associate Editor, Human Reproduction, European Society for Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE)

1 Dec 2018 → …

Areas of expertise

  • QH301 Biology
  • embryo implantation
  • trophoblast
  • endometrium
  • embryology
  • developmental programming
  • cell biology
  • systems biology
  • developmental biology
  • placenta

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Lydia Becker Institute
  • Healthier Futures


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