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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

Ahmed Ahmed

Professor of Gynaecological Oncology

Fiona Alderdice

Senior Social Scientist, National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit

Mara Artibani

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cancer Stem Cells

Rachael Bashford-Rogers

Christian M. Becker

Professor of Reproductive Sciences

Valerie Beral

Emeritus Professor of Epidemiology

Dexter Canoy

Clinical Epidemiologist

Claire Carson

Associate Professor in Epidemiology

Tim Child

Associate Professor of Reproductive Medicine

Kevin Coward

Associate Professor and Director of the MSc in Clinical Embryology

Sarah Darby

Professor of Medical Statistics

Mike English

Anne Goriely

Professor of Human Genetics

Ingrid Granne

Deputy Head of Department, Associate Professor

Karin Hellner

Senior Fellow in Women's Health

Jane Hirst

Visiting Professor in Global Women's Health

Ed Juszczak

Associate Professor - Director, NPEU Clinical Trials Unit

Stephen Kennedy

Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Director of the Oxford Maternal and ...

Marian Knight

Director NPEU, Professor of Maternal and Child Population Health

Jenny Kurinczuk

Emeritus Professor of Perinatal Epidemiology

Maria Isabel Leite

Associate Professor

Louise Linsell

Associate Professor

Rose McGready

Enda McVeigh

Associate Professor

Karl Morten

Director of Graduate Studies and Principal Investigator.

Manisha Nair

Associate Professor and MRC Career Development Fellow

Robyn Norton

Acting Executive Director, The George Institute, UK.

Udo Oppermann

Professor of Molecular Biology

Aris Papageorghiou

Professor of Fetal Medicine and Director of Research of the Oxford Maternal and ...

Jo Poulton

Professor of Mitochondrial Genetics

Chris Redman

Emeritus Professor of Obstetric Medicine

Gill Reeves

Valerie Beral Professor of Epidemiology and Director, Cancer Epidemiology Unit

Peter Robbins

Professor of Physiology

Rachel Rowe

Associate Professor and Senior Health Services Researcher

Michael Maia Schlussel

Senior Medical Statistician

Christian Siebold

Professor of Structural Biology

Jen Southcombe

Researcher in Reproductive Science

Siân Sweetland

Senior Statistical Epidemiologist

Helen Townley

Associate Professor

Katherine Tucker

Senior Researcher

Manu Vatish

Professor of Obstetrics & Consultant Obstetrician

José Villar

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

Katy Vincent

Senior Fellow in Pain in Women, Associate Professor

Nicole Votruba

Senior Research Fellow in Implementation Science

Dagan Wells

Professor of Reproductive Genetics

Suzannah Williams

Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow

Suzannah Williams

Associate Professor & Senior Research Fellow

Clive Wilson

Professor of Cell and Developmental Genetics

Lucy Wright

Senior Epidemiologist, Unit of Health Care Epidemiology

Ling Yang

Senior Epidemiologist

Owen Yang


Christopher Yau

Professor of Artificial Intelligence

Wei Zhang

Researcher in Placental Extracellular Vesicles and Pre-eclampsia

Krina Zondervan

Head of Department, Professor of Reproductive & Genomic Epidemiology, ...


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