Completed my Biochemistry BSc in 2017 in Swansea University, where I was introduced to the world of Immunology. Acquired my PhD in 2022 where I investigated the changes the immune system experiences in pregnancy. Specifically, I am looking at one particular type of cell called monocytes, and am trying to determine how these cells adapt metabolically to become functionally different in pregnancy. My research has grown to encompass COVID-19 and pregnancy, lipidomics, and obesity.
I have organised the Swansea University Medical School Post-Graduate Research Conference (lead in 2019, assisted in 2018). Here, I won the poster presentation session (2018) and runner-up for a flash presentation (2019).
Biochemisty Tutor, Swansea University
Swansea University, PhD
Swansea University, Biochemistry BSc
Potential protective effects of breast milk and amniotic fluid against novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 through decoy receptors, April Rees,Steve Turner,Catherine A. Thornton
Fructose reprogrammes glutamine-dependent oxidative metabolism to support LPS-induced inflammation, Nicholas Jones, Julianna Blagih, Fabio Zani, April Rees, David G. Hill, Benjamin J. Jenkins, Caroline J. Bull, Diana Moreira, Azari I. M. Bantan, James G. Cronin, Daniele Avancini, Gareth W. Jones, David K. Finlay, Karen H. Vousden, Emma E. Vincent & Catherine A. Thornton
Does Altered Cellular Metabolism Underpin the Normal Changes to the Maternal Immune System during Pregnancy?, Benjamin J. Jenkins, April Rees, Nicholas Jones, Catherine A. Thornton
Macrophage Plasticity in Reproduction and Environmental Influences on Their Function, Megan Chambers, April Rees, James G. Cronin, Manju Nair, Nicholas Jones, and Catherine A. Thornton
Production and regulation of interleukin-1 family cytokines at the materno-fetal interface, Louis M.Scott, Aled H.Bryant, AprilRees, BillyDown, Ruth H.Jones, Catherine A.Thornton