Dr Michelle Desforges PhD


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Lecturer in Maternal & Fetal Health

Lead for Social Responsibility - Division of Developmental Biology and Medicine


Following my undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology at The University of Leeds (1998-2001), I took a Research Assistant position at The Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre (MFHRC), University of Manchester, investigating infection in the placenta. I moved on to a Wellcome Trust Prize PhD Studentship within the MFHRC which began my path of research into placental development and function and how these are regulated. My PhD was awarded in 2006 and I have since remained committed to continuing with my research into this important aspect of human biology. I have also been involved in more translational research projects, working towards developing treatments for improving pregnancy outcome in cases of severe fetal growth restriction and pre-eclampsia. I am now further developing my own ideas relating to the importance of taurine in the placenta and understanding how this amino acid influences placental mitochondrial function.


BSc (Hons) Microbiology with Immunology from Leeds University.

PhD in Placental Physiology from Manchester University. Thesis title 'Gestational regulation of human placental amino acid transporters and the interaction of insulin-like growth factor II'.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of The Physiological Society

Member of IFPA (International Federation of Placenta Associations)

Member of The Mitochondrial Physiology Society

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