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Research groups

Toluwalase Awoyemi

MB;BS with distinction (Ibadan)

Doctoral student

  • PI Group: Dr Manu Vatish

My research focuses on dissecting the molecular mechanisms of preeclampsia and prematurity

I am a second year DPhil student at the Nuffield Department of Women's & Reproductive Health.  I am based at the John Radcliffe hospital and I work under the supervision of Dr. Manu Vatish and Professor Stephen Kennedy. 

My  research is focused on adverse maternal and perinatal outcomes especially preeclampsia and prematurity in women. The bulk of my work is molecular in its entirety and  I  am interested in exploring the contribution of microorganisms to the pathology of  spontaneous preterm birth and how such microorganisms can be characterised with next generation sequencing technologies; metagenomic, transcriptomics and proteomic sequencing. I am also interested in the mechanistic  role of FLT-1 and the splice variant, soluble FLT-1 in early onset preeclampsia by attempting to analysis the RNA present in FLT-1 expressed extracellular vesicles

I graduated as a medical doctor from the prestigious University of Ibadan, Nigeria in 2016 followed immediately by a year of medical and surgical internship training at the University College Hospital, Ibadan and another year for the volunteering for the federal government of Nigeria. I was awarded the Rhodes Scholarship in 2018 and the Black Heart foundation scholarship in 2020 to fund my doctoral research  at the University of Oxford.