Dr Niamh Forde

Session: Presidents Session


Presentation: Novel approaches to investigating embryo-maternal interactions in cattle: Understanding life, the uterus and everything



Dr Forde is a University Academic Fellow and group leader at the University of Leeds based in the School of Medicine. Her research group focuses on understanding how the uterine endometrium and the embryo functionally interact and signal at the molecular level to establish successful early pregnancy, how perturbations in the maternal environmental can lead to dysregulation in these interactions, and how these interactions differ in male compared to females.

Her work focuses on the first three weeks of pregnancy, as in most species (including cattle) this is when most pregnancy loss occurs and the time when the embryo is most susceptible to maternal or environmental stresses.

A barrier to investigating these critical biological questions is the limited availability of in vitro models that respond in a physiological manner. In her lab, she is using a comparative interdisciplinary approach to generate novel in vitro models to address these physiological questions by harnessing advances in transcriptomics and proteomics as well as micro-fluidics systems.

Dr Forde has published >60 peer reviewed papers in the top journals in the field of reproductive biology, a h-index of 29 and over >2660 citations.

She serves as an Associate Editor for the journals Reproduction, Animal Science & Biotechnology and as a consultant to the United Nations on early pregnancy in cattle since 2014.

She is a founding member and Academic lead and Co-Director of Leeds Omics (www.leedsomics.org), a virtual research super-group at the University of Leeds providing Bioinformatics support to Omics researchers across the University. Research in her lab is currently supported by the BBSRC, GCRF, N8-Agri Food, STFC Food Network+, FAPESP & UN.