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Research in Oxford encompasses multi-disciplinary studies across the full spectrum of women’s and reproductive health.

The Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health ( is one of the largest academic and clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology departments in the UK. The department conducts basic, clinical and translational science programmes under four overarching themes: Cancer, Global Health, Maternal & Fetal Health and Reproductive Medicine & Genetics. Research programmes include genetic studies of women’s health and reproduction, the dissection of molecular, biochemical and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and aberrant reproductive tissue function, clinical studies in women’s health and pregnancy, and growth and development across the first 1000 days of life. The department includes The George Institute for Global Health (, whose mission is to increase access to quality health care for millions of people worldwide - with a particular focus on vulnerable women in resource-poor settings. It also includes the Oxford Maternal & Perinatal Health Institute (OMPHI) bringing together world experts to resolve priority maternal and perinatal health problems on a global scale; and the Endometriosis CaRe Centre which conducts internationally renowned basic, clinical and translational research programmes into endometriosis.

The department is located at two main sites, the Women’s Centre (John Radcliffe Hospital) and the Institute for Reproductive Sciences, but collaborative research programmes exist with a number of other departments and centres within the University (the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics, the departments of Engineering Science and Paediatrics, and the Big Data Institute (Li Ka Shing Centre for Health Information and Discovery), the UK and abroad.  

Supervisors in Women's and Reproductive Health

Fiona Alderdice

Senior Social Scientist, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

Christian M. Becker

Associate Professor, Co-Director Endometriosis CaRe Centre

Valerie Beral

Professor of Epidemiology and Co-Director, CEU

Claire Carson

University Research Lecturer and Senior Researcher in Epidemiology

Tim Child

Associate Professor

Kevin Coward

Director of the MSc in Clinical Embryology. Principal Investigator/Group Leader

Sarah Darby

Professor of Medical Statistics

Ingrid Granne

Senior Research Fellow in Reproductive Medicine

Jane Hirst

Senior Fellow in Perinatal Health

Stephen Kennedy

Head of Department, Professor of Reproductive Medicine & Co-Director of the ...

Marian Knight

Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health

Jenny Kurinczuk

Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology & Director, NPEU

Louise Linsell

Lead Medical Statistician

Enda McVeigh

Associate Professor

Karl Morten

Laboratory Manager

Manisha Nair

Senior Epidemiologist and MRC Career Development Fellow

Aris Papageorghiou

Director of Clinical Research (OMPHI) & Associate Professor

Jo Poulton

Professor of Mitochondrial Genetics

Chris Redman

Emeritus Professor of Obstetric Medicine

Gill Reeves

Professor of Statistical Epidemiology

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Rachel Rowe

University Research Lecturer and Senior Health Services Researcher

Jen Southcombe

Researcher in Reproductive Science

Siân Sweetland

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Katherine Tucker

Senior Researcher

Manu Vatish

Chief Investigator of INGR1D Study & Senior Clinical Fellow in Obstetrics

José Villar

Professor of Perinatal Medicine & Co-Director of the Oxford Maternal and ...

Katy Vincent

Senior Pain Fellow

Dagan Wells

Associate Professor

Suzannah Williams

Principal Investigator/Research Group Leader; Lead of Ovarian Research for the ...

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Lucy Wright

Senior Epidemiologist, Unit of Health Care Epidemiology

Ling Yang

Senior Epidemiologist; University Research Lecturer

Owen Yang


Krina Zondervan

Professor of Reproductive & Genomic Epidemiology, Co-Director Endometriosis ...


Taught Degrees Doctoral Training Centre Degrees

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