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Roger Sturmey is a jointly appointed Senior Lecturer of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Manchester and The Hull York Medical School. He is interested in studying metabolic function at the nanoscale of individual gametes and embryos and how this links to embryo physiology, and has subsequently applied these interests to somatic cells and stem cells. His laboratory studies oocytes and embryos of domestic species; notably bovine, porcine and equine, in addition to work on human embryos in collaboration with clinical IVF centres.  His research has identified key metabolic adaptations of early embryos in response to nutritional and physiological challenges, informing the debate on maternal health around conception. His group has also developed a novel model of the female reproductive tract which has provided new insight into the formation of reproductive tract fluid.  He is the Basic Science Officer for the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology Embryology Special Interest Group, as well as a Board Member of the Association of Embryo Technology in Europe, the UK data collector for the International Embryo Transfer Society, a tutor on the National NHS STP embryology programme, a member of the Association of Reproductive & Clinical Sciences (ARCS) Scientific Advisory Committee and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the EU MSCA Innovative Training Network called Eurova.

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

Unknown, Doctor of Philosophy, Energy metabolism of porcine oocytes and early embryos, University of York

Award Date: 1 May 2004

External positions

Senior Lecturer of Reproductive Medicine, Hull York Medical School

1 Jan 2010 → …


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