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Professor Cathy Thornton

Personal Chair, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 602122
Office - 226
Second Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Cathy Thornton is Professor of Human Immunology studying immunological adaptation in pregnancy and antenatal determinants of immune health in childhood. This includes study of the placenta in health and in adverse obstetric conditions. Interests in these areas also supports global challenges research related to improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Analysis of blood via various techniques is a core research approach and this underpins a quest for novel blood-based diagnostics for pregnancy disorders. It also enables collaboration with developers of blood handling medical devices such as those for mechanical circulatory support.    

Areas Of Expertise

  • Pregnancy Immunology
  • Immunometabolism
  • Placental Biology
  • Immune function in infancy
  • Global Challenges (Maternal & Neonatal Health)
  • Gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and cholestasis 
  • Novel blood-based diagnostics
  • Mechanical circulatory support device