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Centre for Trophoblast Research


Spring Half Day Seminar

The Spring Half Day Seminars are held annually, and are organised by the CTR NGFs and PhD students, covering the excellent research carried out across the CTR. 

The seminars are set up for CTR Members only. Details and registration information will be shared over email. 


2024 Half Day Away

17th May 2024, afternoon 

The Postdoc Centre at Eddington, 105 Eddington Pl, Cambridge CB3 1AS

Organising Committee: Priscilla Day-Walsh, Giulia Avellino, Andreea Cristian, Ana Elisa Ribeiro Orsi, Natasha Cavell


Travel and Accessibility

Eddington Accessibility & Travel Information | Postdoc Academy (


Madingley Road Park & Ride, Lansdowne Rd, off Madingley Road, CB3 0EZ. Free parking for drivers up to 18 hours. 5 min. walk from Eddington.

Limited parking on site. Parking charges apply 8am-6pm Monday to Friday. The majority of spaces have a maximum stay of 2 hours and no return within 1 hour. There is disabled parking on site for Blue Badge holders. (Eddington access and parking information:


Draft Programme:

12:30-12:45 Welcome and housekeeping


Kathy Niakan: Welcome and housekeeping

12:45 - 2:25 Session 1: Chaired by Priscilla Day-Walsh and Ana Ribeiro Orsi


Opening keynote - Sue Ozanne

Interventions during obese pregnancy: an opportunity to improve the health of two generations


Giulia Avellino: ACLY regulates the metabolic control of histone acetylation to promote human trophoblast stemness


Claire Senner: RNA decay pathways in mammalian development


Jonas Zaugg: Obesogenic diet in pregnancy provokes disturbances in placental iron homeostasis and fetal growth


Oliver Bower: Investigating the role of NANOG in human embryogenesis

2:25 - 2:45 Tea & coffee break

2:45 – 4:00 Session 2: Chaired by Andreea Cristian and Natasha Cavell

2:45 Georgia Lea: Determinants of DNA methylation in trophoblast


Chris Penfold: Endometrial models of function and pathology


Dafina Angelova: Single Cell RNA Sequencing Identifies CXADR as a Fate Determinant of the Placental Exchange Surface


Rachael Crew: Obesity during pregnancy improves fetal outcomes during maternal acute hypotension in an ovine model


Amy Wilkinson: Investigating gene-regulatory mechanisms of human post-implantation development: A developing toolbox

4:00-4:10 Refreshment break

4:10 Closing Keynote


Closing Keynote - Gavin Kelsey: Mechanisms of intergenerational epigenetic inheritance


Closing remarks

5:00 Pizza & drinks