Dr Sarah Finn-SellPh.D, FHEA

Lecturer (Teaching Focused)

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Overview

I am a Lecturer in Physiology teaching across MBChB, BDS and Biological Sciences (BSc & MSci) degree programmes. My research interests centre on the physiology of pregnancy and placental development.

Biography

I first became interested in developmental biology as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge having had the opportunity to present my dissertation work at The Physiological Society annual meeting. I moved to the University of Southampton in 2008 to undertake a PhD in the Institute of Developmental Sciences where my research focussed on pre-implantation embryo development and the early embryo environment, in particular how glucose metabolism and glucose concentrations were regulated in the human reproductive tract throughout the menstrual cycle. 

In 2013 I joined the University of Manchester, Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre as a Postdoctoral Research Associate working on an MRC funded program grant with Professor Colin Sibley. The project investigated how alterations in anti-oxidant milieu and altered vascular function may contribute to Fetal Growth restriction (FGR) and addressed the efficacy of dietary antioxidants as a potential therapy for FGR.

In 2015 I returned to working on early developmental processes as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr Edward Johnstone, Professor Melissa Westwood and Professor John Aplin on an MRC grant entitiled; Sphingosine-1-phosphate and vitamin D as modifiable essential mediators of human placental development. On-going work is assessing the effect of these factors on trophoblast dynamics using both in vitro and in vivo models (see Research and Projects for more details).

In September 2018 I was appointed as Lecturer in Physiology and have a broad teaching portfolio from placental development and function to cell transport physiology.  

 

Social responsibility

I actively engage in promoting developmental biology to the wider community. I have designed and delivered activities to explain aspects of my research to children and adults. Recent activities include:

  • Physiology Friday, October 2018
  • Before you were Born (as part of International Federation of Placental Associates annual conference), September 2017
  • British Science week, March 2018

Qualifications

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), 2018

PhD. University of Southampton, 2013

M.A. Physiology. University of Cambridge, 2008

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • The Physiology Society

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