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Staff news:

The CTR community are delighted to announce these staff achievements:


Prof. Graham Burton, FMedSci FRS, former Director of CTR, and former Chair of Cambridge Reproduction, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. We congratulate Graham on this well-deserved achievement!

The Royal Society is a self-governing Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists, recognised for their outstanding contributions to science. The Society’s fundamental purpose is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

Graham is a reproductive biologist recognised for his research into the development of the human placenta. 

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Dr Irving Aye (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) has been awarded a MRC Career Development Award (CDA) to study the links between metabolism and epigenetics in placental development.

Irving, formerly a CTR Next Generation Fellow, is a Group Leader & MRC Career Development Fellow in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology.


Dr Priscilla day-Walsh has been selected as CTR's Next Generation Fellow, and will join the team in October 2022

Priscilla will investigate and provide insights into the mechanisms through which metabolites produced by the maternal gut microbiota act as signals and regulate key processes involved in placental function and development, to highlight important microbial products that may be used as novel tools for screening, preventing, and possibly treating pregnancy complications. 


Dr Nadejda Capatina, a CTR-funded PhD student under Professor Graham Burton and Dr Billy Yung (2016 -2019), received the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, Blair Bell Research Society's best student prize award 2022. 

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) works to improve healthcare for women and girls everywhere, and BBRS Encourages research, innovation & exchange of ideas in obstetrics, gynaecology & reproductive biology.

The research article titled ‘Excessive endoplasmic reticulum stress drives aberrant mouse trophoblast differentiation and placental development leading to pregnancy loss’, written by Nadejda and colleagues (Myriam Hemberger, Graham J Burton, Erica D. Watson, and Hong wa Yung) was accepted for publication with full peer review in July 2021.