Higher Degree by Research Candidate
School of Biomedicine
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
My research focuses on immune cell regulation of vascular function in fetal and placental development.
A key immune cell, known as the T Regulatory (Treg) cell is a regulator of maternal tolerance towards the fetus, whereas inflammatory immune cell types such as Th1 and Th17 can promote rejection. A deficiency of Treg cell numbers or inadequate anti-inflammatory function during pregnancy can result in the development of pregnancy pathologies stemming from placental insufficiency, like preeclampsia, which impacts fetal development and life-long health of the mother and neonate (Developmental Origins of Health and Disease).
Preeclampsia affects 2-8% of pregnancies worldwide and leads to significant morbidity and mortality for the women and their infants. Preeclamptic pregnancies also result in an increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease for women and their offspring. Our research points to the maternal immune system as an underlying mechanism that would be amenable to interventions to boost child health and developmental outcomes.
Date Position Institution name 2020 - ongoing PhD Candidate University of Adelaide
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2020 Scholarship Research Training Program Stipend (RTPS) Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 2020 Scholarship Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship Westpac Australia 2019 Scholarship Adelaide Summer Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 2018 Award Adelaide Graduate Award University of Adelaide Australia 2018 Award Outstanding Academic Achievement Award University of Adelaide Australia
Date Institution name Country Title 2019 - 2019 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Health and Medical Science Honours 2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Science
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