I graduated form the University of Manchester with a first class honours degree in Anatomical Sciences in 1991 and began my PhD studies, also at the University of Manchester, on the role of the insulin-like growth factor (IGF) axis in diabetes. However, an unexpected finding led me into pregnancy research and this has remained the focus of my reseach ever since. In 1997 I was awarded a prestigious Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship to pursue my PhD findings, which resulted in a number of key studies relating to the control of IGF bioavailability in normal and compromised pregnancies.
I was appointed Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Endocrinology in the Schools of Medicine and Biological Sciences in 1999 and 2005 respectively, then promoted to Professor in 2015. My research group currently consists of 6 postdoctoral research associates, technicians and PhD students funded mainly through Research Council and charitable sources. We are part of the Manchester Maternal & Fetal Health Reserach Centre in the Division of Developmental Biology and Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health.
I serve on the Editorial Board for Trophoblast Research and the Journal of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. I serve on Council of the Society for Endocrinology and am a member of the International Federation of the Placenta Association's Awards and Publications Committees.
1991 BSc (Hons) Anatomical Sciences (1st class), University of Manchester
1995 PhD Medicine, University of Manchester
2006 PGCE Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, University of Manchester
Memberships of committees and professional bodies
Society for Endocrinology
American Endocrine Society
European Placenta Group
International Federation of the Placenta Associaltions
Fellow Society of Biology