Dr Nic Orsi


After graduating in Animal Science (University of Reading), I pursued my combined interests in biochemistry and reproduction at the University of York under Professor Leese where my PhD focussed on the cellular stresses affecting mammalian oocytes and embryos during assisted reproduction. I subsequently moved to the University of Leeds, where I worked on the role played by cytokines in various reproductive disorders and gynaecological malignancies as a Junior, and then Senior, Research Fellow. During my time at Leeds, I undertook my MBChB (Medicine) which, after a spell working as an academic foundation doctor at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust, led to my current role as an academic histopathologist at the University. My current research interests focus on computer-aided diagnostics in digital pathology, mathematical modelling of growth factor and inflammatory mediator networks in gynaecological malignancies and understanding the mechanisms responsible for endometrial receptivity post conception. I have been and am involved with multiple SMEs in the commercial development of academic research.


  • Principal Investigator
  • Co-lead Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

Research interests

Reproductive biology, oocytes/preimplantation embryos, cytokines, endometrial receptivity, ovarian physiology, endometrial cancer, ovarian cancer, digital pathology, computer-aided diagnostics


  • BSc (Hons.)
  • MBChB
  • PhD

Professional memberships

  • Society for Reproduction and Fertility
  • Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland
  • British Division of the International Academy of Pathology

Student education

PhD supervisor

MRes/MSc supervisor

BSc supervisor

Co-lead Director of Postgraduate Research Studies

MRes (Medicine) course management

PhD/MD examiner

Research groups and institutes

  • Leeds Institute of Medical Research at St James's
  • Cancer
  • Pathology and Data Analytics
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