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Department of Pathology


Dr Naomi McGovern of the Department of Pathology and the Centre for Trophoblast Research has been awarded a European Research Council (ERC) Consolidator Grant

The grant will support PMDR: Placental macrophages: Their development and role in the placenta.


My team’s research focus is human placental macrophage biology. We are interested in determining the role of these cells in mediating healthy placental function and in protecting the placenta from infection. By developing our understanding of these cells, we will be able to provide new insight into pregnancy disorders.

I am delighted that our proposal was selected for an ERC Consolidator Award. It is an acknowledgement of the exciting research my team carries out. The hard work of my team and the additional expertise provided by our supportive collaborators all helped to form the basis for this proposal. The award will provide my group with the time and resources to undertake high-risk research to inform on placental biology. It is now up to us to deliver on this generous investment.

- Naomi McGovern



Dr Naomi McGovern

Naomi is the Sir Henry Dale Fellow and Principal Investigator of the McGovern Lab. 

The focus of the laboratory is to understand the role of macrophages and dendritic cells within fetal membranes, such as the placenta, and within reproductive organs, such as the decidua. Their approach integrates high dimensional techniques, including single-cell RNA seq, advanced flow cytometry and confocal microscopy.





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