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Dr Lynda Harris (PhD) - personal details

Contact details

Dr Lynda Harris

Role: BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow

Tel: +44 (0)161 701 6962

Location:

Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre
University of Manchester
5th Floor (Research)
St Mary's Hospital 
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9WL

Fax: +44 (0)161 701 6971

Telephone: +44 (0)161 701 6960

Websites

 

Biography

I received a B.Sc. in Pathobiology (1999) and PhD (2003) from the University of Reading, where I worked with Dr David Leake, in collaboration with Professor Giovanni Mann at King's College London, to investigate how cell death in the arterial wall contributes to the development of atherosclerosis. I subsequently moved to The Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre at The University of Manchester to work in the laboratories of Professor John Aplin and Professor Phillip Baker. My postdoctoral research focused on how placental-derived trophoblast cells and uterine natural killer cells interact with and remodel the uterine spiral arteries during pregnancy. I also investigated the mechanisms that regulate trophoblast invasion, proliferation and survival. In 2010, I was awarded the prestigious Gabor Than Award for my contribution to the field of placentology.

In the same year, I was awarded a BBSRC David Phillips Fellowship to develop the use of vascular homing peptides as a targeted drug delivery system in pregnancy. I spent 2011 working in the laboratory of Professor Erkki Ruoslahti, where I identified a series of novel placental homing peptides. Upon my return to Manchester, I sought to utilize these peptides to create biocompatible nanocarriers for targeted delivery of therapeutics to the placenta. In May 2013, my two PhD students and I won second prize of £10,000 in the OBR OneStart European business start-up competition, reflecting the continued success of my research programme.

Qualifications

  • BSc (1st Class Hons) Pathobiology, University of Reading, 1999
  • PhD, University of Reading, 2003

Role

BBSRC David Phillips Research Fellow

Social Responsibility Lead, Institute of Human Development

Social Responsibility

  • As Institute Lead for Social Responsibility, I regularly organise and participate in public engagement events, and am the key point of contact for public engagement advice within the Institute of Human Development.
  • In 2014, I was team lead for a stall at the FLS/FMHS Community Open Day to educate 5-12 year olds about the placenta. I developed a series of interactive activities to demonstrate the importance of optimal placental function and to explain how we can treat poor placental function. 
  • In 2014, I organised a half day visit to the Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre for thirty Year 10 biology students from Flixton Girls School. The students took part in lab tours, a debate, a careers session and learned about the research we do.
  • I co-ran an interactive science stall for pupils in Years 7-9 at The University of Manchester’s Science Extravaganza for National Science and Engineering Week, March 2013.
  • In collaboration with Nowgen, I host up to four “Meet the Scientist” sessions a year. This allows small groups of A Level biology students from local colleges to visit The Maternal and Fetal Health Research Centre, tour the laboratories, learn about our research and find out about careers in science.
  • My research has received external coverage on the BBSRC website and Twitter feed as part of the BBSRC: 20 years of Bioscience campaign, and was the subject of an article in the BBSRC business magazine (Summer 2013).

Teaching

Undergraduate:

PEP tutor - Medicine, Year 1

Supervisor of final year Life Sciences laboratory research projects

 

Postgraduate:

Tutorials and technique workshops, MRes Maternal and Fetal Health

Member, MRes Maternal and Fetal Health Programme Committee

Pastoral advisor, MRes Maternal and Fetal Health

Supervision of MRes and PhD research projects