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Abigail Fowden

Abigail Fowden PhD ScD

Abby is Professor of Perinatal Physiology in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge. She was an undergraduate at Girton College and graduated with a first class degree in Physiology in 1975. She obtained her PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1979 and immediately joined the staff of the Department of Physiology as a demonstrator. Since then, she has held positions as a University lecturer and Reader before being promoted to a personal chair in 2002. She obtained the ScD degree in 2001 and was awarded the Joan Mott Prize of the Physiological Society for her research in 2008.

Abby’s research interests are in the factors controlling feto-placental growth and development during late pregnancy. The aims of her research are two fold: first, to determine how hormones regulate fetal development and prepare the fetus for birth and, secondly, to establish how our experiences during early life alter the risk of degenerative diseases in adulthood. She is Professorial Fellow and Lecturer in the Biological Sciences at Girton College and currently Head of the School of the Biological Sciences.

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