School of Medicine


Immunology of Reproduction Research Group

Most people believe that reproduction is a natural right and that they will be able to reproduce at will. However, for a significant percentage of the population (up to one in four couples) who suffer from recurrent miscarriage/stillbirth or infertility, the ability to reproduce is not straight-forward. Many more women suffer from diseases of pregnancy such as pre-eclampsia and growth retarded babies that result from poor development of the placenta. 

This laboratory's work is focused on investigating the development of the placenta and interactions between the fetal cells of the placenta (trophoblasts) and the maternal reproductive system with particular emphasis on interactions with maternal immune and vascular systems. We also have a focus on the role of autoantibodies in causing infertility and placental damage.

Research projects