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Shelley Harris


Postdoctoral Research Scientist


In 2008 I graduated from the University of Brighton with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical Sciences, followed by a MSc with Distinction in Developmental Cell Biology at the University of Sussex in 2010. In the immediate years, I worked as a Research Assistant in two successful genetics labs at the Institute of Cancer Research and MRC Harwell. 

I undertook my doctoral studies with Dr Alison Forhead at Oxford Brookes University, investigating the role of thyroid hormones in pancreatic development and insulin signalling pathways in fetal sheep during late gestation. The PhD was largely collaborative with Prof Abby Fowden at the University of Cambridge, and in 2014 I was awarded a Society for Endocrinology grant to extend this collaboration to Dr Sean Limesand at the University of Arizona. 

I was awarded my PhD in 2016 and began working as a postdoctoral research scientist in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics at the University of Oxford on a project investigating both the genetic and environmental causes of congenital heart disease. The aim of the research is to identify the role of iron in embryonic heart formation and, thus, how maternal iron deficiency and hypoxia affect heart development. 

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