Dr Mark DilworthBSc, Ph.D


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I am a lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health having recent completed my MRC Career Development Award Fellowship. My research interests concern the role of fetal-placental interactions and their contribution to Fetal Growth Restriction (see projects for further details).

I am the programme co-director for the MRes Reproduction and Pregnancy course (https://www.manchester.ac.uk/study/masters/courses/list/10058/mres-reproduction-and-pregnancy/) and currently supervise PhD students with Dr Susan Greenwood, Dr Michelle Desforges and Dr Jenny Myers. 


Mark Dilworth undertook his PhD in the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester, focusing on renal physiology and how the transplantation of developing kidneys (metanephroi) may act as a possible intervention in renal failure. This PhD was part funded by a CASE award, which resulted in him spending a substantial period of time with an industrial partner, Intercytex Ltd. This link to industry built upon previous experience at GlaxoSmithKline, Hertfordshire where he spent a year as part of his BSc undergraduate degree. As part of his PhD, Mark also spent time in Aarhus, Denmark under the guidance of Professor Jens Nyengaard where he developed skills in stereological approaches.

Following discussions at a Physiological Society meeting with members of the Maternal and Fetal Health department, University of Manchester, Mark developed an interest in the physiology of pregnancy and eventually moved there as a post-doctoral fellow under the supervision of Professor Colin Sibley. Here, Mark developed a passion for translational research investigating causes and treatments for Fetal Growth Restriction, a major contributor to stillbirth and childhood and adulthood diseases. This work has resulted in him spending time at the University of Alberta, Canada (in the lab of Prof Sandra Davidge) and in him publishing several papers, including one in PNAS (2010) which stoked an interest into the role of fetal nutrient demand and the failure of the placenta to adapt to these fetal signals as a causative factor in FGR. On this topic, he is now managing laboratory projects as part of the MRes (Maternal and Fetal Health) course. He also co-supervises a PhD student and a postdoctoral research associate and fosters collaborations with researchers both here in the UK and overseas.

In 2013, Mark was awarded a prestigious MRC Career Development Award Fellowship which he began in September 2013. The title of his Fellowship is 'Fetal Growth Restriction: A Failure of Placental Adaptation In Response to Fetal Nutrient Demand?' and will fund Mark and a postdoctoral research associate for a 5 year period.

In 2018, Mark was appointed as lecturer in Maternal and Fetal Health and became programme co-director for the MRes in Reproduction and Pregnancy course.


BSc (Hons) Biology with Industrial Experience. University of Manchester, 2003.

PhD Physiology. University of Manchester, 2007.  

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

European Placenta Group

International Federation of Placental Associations

The Physiological Society

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