BSc (Hons) Genetics, University of Aberdeen
PhD: The role of a novel anti-angiogenic protein, FKBPL, in pre-eclampsia; Wellcome-Wolfson Institute for Experimental Medicine, Queen’s University Belfast (Laboratory of Lana McClements).
My research will facilitate elucidation of conserved molecular pathways controlling the invasive trophoblast cell lineage and uterine spiral artery remodelling, thus creating a platform for understanding the pathogenesis of diseases impacting placentation.
I utilize a combination of human stem cell culture and transgenic rat models to explore molecular mechanisms of anti-coagulation factor action in human trophoblast cells and investigate roles of anti-coagulation factors in the regulation of hemochorial placentation. In particular, the roles of TFPI and THBD in modulation of coagulation and in regulating differentiation of the invasive/extravillous trophoblast cell lineage.