Research Clinics

As part of the Centre for Reproductive Health’s commitment to research, a series of research clinics is on offer to the local scientific and clinical community.

Senior academics, postdoctoral scholars and current students present their work to the Little France community on Friday’s, between 2-3pm in the Wellcome Auditorium of the Queens Medical Research Institute.


The Spring 2016 series of Research Clinic presentations will be conducted by Senior academics, postdoctoral researchers and current students.


12 February 2016
Professor Jane Norman
“Outcomes in pregnancy research”

19 February 2016
Kelsey Grieve (PhD)
“Developing a re-aggregated ovary model to investigate the potential of bovine oogonial stem cells.”

Jessica Scanlon (PhD)
“PABP4:Effects on glucose homeostasis in PABP4 knock-out mice”

26 February 2016
Dr Bin-Zhi Qian
“Tumour microenvironment in cancer metastasis and therapy resistance”

04 March 2016
Laura O’Hara (Postdoctoral researcher)
“New insights into the development and function of the pituitary gland”

Pablo Hurtado Gonzalez (PhD)
“Effect of fetal analgesic exposure on the epigenetic machinery of germ cells”

18 March 2016
Karolina Skorupskaite (PhD)
“Kisspeptin and neurokinin B in the regulation of the human hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis”

Nathália Lara (visiting PhD)
“The masculinisation programming window: origin of focal dysgenetic areas in the fetal testis”

01 April 2016
Syed Furquan Ahmad (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Is lactate a potential therapeutic target for endometriosis?”

Marian Aldhous (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Is there an association between HPV-infection and preterm birth?  A data-linkage study”

08 April 2016
Agnieszka Swierczak (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Monocyte- and neutrophil-derived biomarkers of ovarian cancer”

Cheryl Dunlop (PhD)
“Isolation, Characterisation and In Vitro Potential of Oogonial Stem Cells”

15 April 2016
Matt Brook (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Delineating the cellular and molecular aetiology of the Pabp4-/- reproductive phenotype”

Gael Sugano (Postdoctoral researcher)
Mouse mammary gland development and macrophages”

22 April 2016
Roseanne Rosario (Postdoctoral researcher)
“RNA immunoprecipitation identifies novel DAZL targets in human fetal ovary”

Emma Telford (PhD)
“Advanced neonatal magnetic resonance imaging to predict neurocognitive outcome after preterm birth”

29 April 2016
No Research Clinic

06 May 2016
Diane Rebourcet (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Sertoli cells influence vascular development and function to support testicular endocrine function”

Matina Fragkogianni (PhD)
“A monocyte signature predictive for breast cancer ”

13 May 2016
Katarzyna Siemienowicz (PhD)
“Role of adipose tissue in metabolic dysregulation in an ovine model of PCOS”

Luca Cassetta (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Breaking Bad in cancer: your immune system is working for the enemy”

20 May 2016

Karen Kilcoyne (Postdoctoral researcher)
“An in vitro model to investigate genes involved in human fetal testis development”

Sara Rinaldi (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Inflammation, preterm birth and fetal injury”

*** Talks will be followed by an address from Dr Jessica Boname, Programme Manager, MRC ***

27 May 2016
Sofia Makieva (Postdoctoral researcher)

Galadrielle Biver (Postdoctoral researcher)
“Role of Mesenchymal Stromal Cells in bone metastasis progression and prostate cancer resistance to androgen deprivation therapy (ADT)”

03 June 2016
Manuel Blesa (PhD)
Caterina Fazzi (PhD)

10 June 2016
Forbes Howie
Bianca De Leo (PhD)

17 June 2016
Anne-Louise Gannon (PhD)
Ashley Boyle (PhD)

24 June 2016
Meghan Maslen (PhD)
Amy Lloyd (PhD)


Talks are open to all.