Niamh Forde


Reproductive Biology

Qualifications: BA (Mod) Biochemistry - Trinity College Dublin, PhD University College Dublin. 

Research Area: The main focus of my research programme has been to use cutting edge technologies to understand the molecular physiology of female reproduction. One of the most fruitful areas of research I have investigated has been in the area of uterine biology, with a specific emphasis on the mechanisms that underpin establishing uterine receptivity to implantation, successful maintenance of early pregnancy, as well as addressing how maternal nutritional stressors alters these interactions. In order to understand the molecular interactions required for establishing successful early pregnancy I utilise both in vivo and in vitro models in conjunction with ‘omic’ technologies such as transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics to address these important biological questions. I have published over 65 peer reviewed papers and more than 80 peer reviewed abstracts and have been an invited speaker at various International conferences and Academic Institutes. I have also served as consultant to the FAO/IAEA sections of the United Nations. In addition to my duties as an ad hoc reviewer for a number of journals, I am a an Associate Editor for the Journal Reproduction. You can follow updates from my group via twitter @niamhforde. 


  • Founder and Academic lead for LeedsOmics
  • Associate Editor for Reproduction

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine
  • Multidisciplinary Cardiovascular Research Centre
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    <li><a href="//,-food,-and-health">3D in vitro modelling of the uterus for fertility, food, and health</a></li> <li><a href="//">Non-coding RNAs in endometrial function</a></li>