David BARRETTPhD Student

David - Photo

United Kingdom

Area of Study

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Project: Bioengineering therapies for healing the human fetal membrane

Key Areas of Expertise
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Fetal Membrane Healing

David obtained his B.Sc. (Medical Sciences) at the University of Leeds with his research project sparking an interest in molecular biology and the engineering of proteins such as GFP. He further developed his interest in molecular cell biology during his masters project that was conducted in collaboration with Cancer Research Technology. Here, David gained an insight into the industrial-academic interface where he worked with gene silencing technology for a cancer target validation project in the functional pharmacology and molecular biology department. With this interest in molecular cell biology, David joined an exciting project led by tissue engineer, Dr. Tina Chowdhury and funded by the Rosetrees Trust medical research charity. Here, David has joined an exciting initiative collaborating with material scientist, Dr. Alvaro Mata, and clinician, Dr. Anna David. His PhD project focuses on the role of a stretch-sensitive protein in fetal membrane weakening and the exploitation of  nanotechnology for a novel therapy to heal fetal membrane defects following fetal surgery.


“Connexin 43 is overexpressed in human fetal membrane defects after fetal surgery” D. W. Barrett, A. L. David, C. Thrasivoulou, A. Mata, D. L. Becker, A. C. Engels, J. A. Deprest, T. T. Chowdhury, Prenatal Diagnosis, 36 (2016) 942-952.


BSc in Medical Sciences
University of Leeds, UK

MSc in Biotechnology
University of Leeds, UK

Honours and Achievements

  • Winner of the Malcolm Ferguson-Smith Young Investigator Award, 2016.
  • 1st Prize, poster competition, Rosetrees PhD Symposium, 2016.
  • 2nd Prize, oral presentation competition, Institute for Women’s Health, 2016.
  • 2nd Prize, SEMS photo competition and 3rd prize SEMS, 2016.
  • Editor’s choice for paper in Prenatal Diagnosis Journal, October 2016.

contact details

+44 (0)20 7882 8770
School of Engineering & Materials Science
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Road, London, E1 4NS

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