I am a full time DPhil student at Nuffield Department of Women’s and Reproductive Health. My current research examines the pathophysiological mechanisms that cause Gestational Diabetes Mellitus. Despite being the most common metabolic gestational complication, affecting 10% of pregnancies, few women have heard of it before they’re told they have it. One of the most rewarding aspects of my work has been getting the word out to the general public about this disease, and letting them know what we are doing to combat it.
During my time at Oxford, I have conducted a number of public engagement efforts, ranging from fundraising at the Oxford Town and Gown run, to involvement in the Headington and Oxford Science and Ideas festivals.
How do unborn babies and mothers communicate via the placenta?
The placenta is a fascinating organ, which allows communication between mother and foetus through the release of bubble-like vesicles. Could the messages within these vesicles provide an early warning of diseases such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia? Scientists at the University of Oxford are finding out.