I graduated from the University of Brighton in 2008 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 following 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.
In 2017, I joined the Tomlinson group in the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism to investigate the role of steroid hormone metabolizing enzymes in metabolic disease.
Hypothyroidism in utero stimulates pancreatic beta cell proliferation and hyperinsulinaemia in the ovine fetus during late gestation.
Harris SE. et al, (2017), J Physiol, 595, 3331 - 3343
Hypothyroidism induces hyperplasia of unilocular adipocytes in perirenal adipose tissue of the ovine fetus
Harris SE. et al, (2016), Endocrine Abstracts
Novel gene function revealed by mouse mutagenesis screens for models of age-related disease.
Potter PK. et al, (2016), Nat Commun, 7
Effect of hypothyroidism on pancreatic [beta]-cell mass and circulating insulin concentration in the ovine foetus
Harris SE. et al, (2015), Endocrine Abstracts
Discovering gene function from development to ageing
Potter PK. et al, (2015), Reproductive Toxicology, 56, 10 - 10