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Dr William Cooke

Dr William Cooke

Research groups

William Cooke

BA BMBCh DPhil MRCOG PGDip (Health Research)

O&G Registrar, Honorary Research Fellow

  • Specialty Trainee in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Health Education England Thames Valley
  • Postdoctoral researcher
  • PI Group: Prof Manu Vatish


I studied preclinical medicine at Pembroke College, Oxford followed by clinical medicine at New College, Oxford. I undertook an NIHR Academic Foundation Programme in North Central Thames, with a research component at UCL investigating RNA signalling in ovarian carcinogenesis under the supervision of Prof Martin Widschwendter. I spent six months in Malawi in 2015, leading a clinical study investigating Acute Kidney Injury in pregnancy at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Blantyre before moving back to Oxford to commence specialist training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. During an NIHR Academic Clinical Fellowship in Oxford 2017-2020 I identified novel tRNA species within placental vesicles and was awarded a Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellowship to investigate the role of tRNA signalling in preeclampsia. I completed my DPhil with commendation in 2023 and have ongoing research projects investigating the molecular pathways underlying placental dysfunction alongside completion of my clinical training.

International Awards

2021 Elsevier Trophoblast Research Award, International Federation of Placenta Associations

2020 First Prize, Blair Bell Research Competition, RCOG Annual Academic Meeting

2015 RCOG Eden Travelling Fellowship