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I competed my BSc (Hons) from the University of Sydney, Australia. In 2008 I joined the Maternal Fetal Health Research Group in St Mary's Hospital as a Research Assistant and was involved in a number of projects including: Investigating the Role of Angiotensin and TGFB1 on Extravillous Cytotrophoblasts (Dr Clare Tower, funded by Stepping Stones Fellowship), Alcohol and Acetaldehyde on Early Placental Development (Dr Clare Tower, funded by the British Medical Association) and Targeted Delivery of Nanoparticle Payloads to the Placenta (Dr Lynda Harris, funded by the BBSRC Fellowship).

I graduated with my PhD at the University of Manchester in 2016, investigating the immunology and genetic regulators of labour using computational analysis to investigate the key biological networks and transcriptomic changes (funded by the Tommy’s The Baby Charity and The James Tudor Foundation). My postdoctoral research has involved microRNA research to identify mechanisms in placental dysfunction in stillbirth and fetal growth restriction (with Dr Rebecca L Jones, Dr Alexander Heazell and Dr Bernadette Baker). I am currently part of the Manchester Centre for Collaborative Inflammation Research investigating macrophage heterogeneity and adaption during chronic lung diseases (Wellcome Trust, Professor Tracy Hussell).

My collaborations

  • Prof Tracy Hussell
  • Prof Colin Sibley
  • Prof John D Aplin
  • Dr Rebecca L Jones
  • Dr Clare Tower
  • Dr Lynda K Harris
  • Dr Adam Stevens

Methodological knowledge

Microarrays, RTq-PCR, transcriptomical and computational analysis, cell isolation, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, apoptosis assays, proliferation assays, ELISAs, cell culture, tissue culture, and dissection.

Research interests

Macrophage and cellular biology, molecular biology, microarray and transcriptomic anaylsis, bioinformatic network analysis, microRNAs, chronic respiratory complications, placental development and function, decidual immunology, myometrium, pregnancy complications 

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

Bachelor of Science, University of Sydney



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