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Centre for Trophoblast Research



Professor Kathy Niakan

Executive Manager

Dr Erin Slatery

Board of Managers

This Board decides on the funding priorities for the Centre, and elects to Studentships and Next Generation Fellowships.

Professor Kathy Niakan, Mary Marshall and Arthur Walton Professor

Professor Francesco Colucci, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Peter Rugg-Gunn, Babraham Institute

Dr Erica Watson, Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

Professor Susan Ozanne, Department of Clinical Biochemistry

Professor Steve Charnock-Jones, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Dr Naomi McGovern, Department of Pathology

Scientific Advisory Board

This Board advises on all aspects of the scientific programme, policy, and future directions of the Centre.


Professor Gordon Smith FMedSci, Prof of Obstetrics & Gynaecology


Professor Annettee Nakimuli, Makerere University, Uganda

Professor Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh, US

Professor Hongmei Wang, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Dr Miguel Branco, Blizard Institute,UK


Governance of CTR core activities is managed by four committees made up from group leaders and early career researchers from across the Centre.

  • Mentorship Committee
  • Seminars Committee
  • Bioinformatics Committee
  • Biobank Committee

Inaugural Director

The inaugural Director and administrative head of the Centre Professor Graham Burton is now retired.