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I am working at the Sir Peter Mansfield Imaging Centre on a number of projects including digestive health (in people with cystic fibrosis; in constipation; in the rare chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction; assessment of pancreatic health) and investigating placental physiology in healthy and compromised pregnancies. These projects allow me to apply my knowledge in physiology (perinatal health, longterm metabolic health, nutrition) using a new tool: MRI permits drawing conclusions on function as well as anatomy of the organs we investigate.

Past Research

In the past I worked on projects on the effect that maternal obesity and diabetes have on the offspring in the long term. These offspring are more likely to develop obesity and diabetes themselves and this is, in part, due to the high-nutrient environment that the fetus is exposed to during the pregnancy, having direct effects on their development. I especially investigated the role of brown fat, a heat-producing tissue which may have a role in preventing the development of obesity.