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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, 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. 

2023 Half Day Away:

24th May 2023, 2pm – 5:30pm

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

Programme to be announced in April 2023.

Organising CommitteeClaire Senner, Priscilla Day-Walsh, Giulia Avellino, Andreea Cristian 




2022 Programme: 

1:00  – 1:05

Welcome and housekeeping Dr Claire Senner


1:05 –  1:15

Opening remarks - Prof Kathy Niakan (Director of Centre for Trophoblast Research)



1:15 – 1:45


Opening keynote – Establishing the epigenome in human development and pluripotency

Dr Peter Rugg-Gunn (Babraham Institute) Chair: Dr Claire Senner




Session 1: Molecular mechanisms of early mammalian development and recent technological advances. Chairs: Giulia Avellino and Dr Claire Senner


1:45 – 2:00



2:00 – 2:15


2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 2:45


Lineage tracing using light sheet live imaging microscopy

Dr Ahmed Abdelbaki (Francis Crick Institute)


Cells in gels: Identifying novel regulators of early embryonic development

Dr Timo Kohler (Department of Biochemistry)


DNA methylation and its essential role in placental development

Dr Courtney Hanna (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)


Single cell transcriptomic analysis elucidates the course of murine trophoblast stem cell differentiation

Dr Dafina Angelova (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)



2:45 – 3:15

Coffee Break




Session 2: Reproductive physiology and disease. Chairs: Emma Siragher and Dr Irving Aye


3:15 – 3:30



3:30 – 3:45


3:45 – 4:00


4:00 – 4:15



Maternal spleen-liver axis inflammation during obese pregnancy and placental nutrient sensing

Cindy Zhang (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)


Mitochondrial respiratory function in placentas from high altitude pregnancy

Jenna Armstrong (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)


Identifying key pathways and gene networks in the placenta of women with gestational diabetes mellitus

Morgan Phillips (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)


Characterization of a subset of tissue resident NK cells in ovarian cancer ascites with anti-tumor properties

Dr Elin Bernson (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology)



4:15 – 4:30




4:30 – 5:00

Closing keynote – Developmental Programming - A life scientific

Prof Abby Fowden (Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)

Chair: Dr Irving Aye




Closing remarks

Dr Irving Aye


Food and drinks to follow

Organising Committee: Nick BurtonIrving Aye, Claire Senner, Simon Tunster, Vicente Perez-Garcia, Courtney Hanna.