Cardio Metabolic Research at Leeds

Women in Science - Dr Lara Morley

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Dr Lara Morley

Career Background and current research

I am an academic clinical fellow in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with an interest in disorders of placental vascular dysfunction, such as pre-eclampsia and fetal growth restriction. In August 2016 I started a PhD working with Professor Beech, investigating mechanical sensitivity in placental vasculature. This work is supported by a grant from the MRC and RCOG.

Were you always interested in STEM subjects?

I have always been interested in academic medicine and have conducted a variety of projects alongside clinical work. This has included systematic reviews, meta-analysis and the publication of guidelines, alongside laboratory work.

Any particularly supportive mentors?

I've always been extremely well supported by my colleagues, including my current supervisors Mr Nigel Simpson and Professor James Walker. Since working in LICAMM, Professor Beech has also been very encouraging.

Had any career breaks?

The Yorkshire and the Humber deanery has been very supportive of me pursuing time out of clinical training to work on this PhD project.

Advice to female school leavers/ early career researchers looking to pursue a scientific career?

I would advise that doing a combination of clinical and academic work can be challenging and is hard work. However, having the opportunity to apply research in context is extremely rewarding. I have particularly enjoyed forming a network of colleagues and mentors from both backgrounds.

Whats next?

After completing this PhD I hope to continue working in academic medicine, and apply my knowledge of placental disease in a specialist position within obstetrics and gynaecology.

I have particularly enjoyed forming a network of colleagues and mentors.

What's Happening

18 December 2019: DTSD Seminar ... more

16 January 2020: Cardio Metabolic Seminar ... more

13 February 2020: SBMS Seminar: 'Blood flow restricted exercise: augmenting the mechanisms of adaption to improve training efficiency and performance?' ... more

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