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Biochemistry Tutor, Swansea University

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).

Experience

  • 2021–present
    Biochemisty Tutor, Swansea University

Education

  • 2022 
    Swansea University, PhD
  • 2017 
    Swansea University, Biochemistry BSc

Publications

  • 2021
    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
  • 2021
    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
  • 2021
    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
  • 2021
    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
  • 2017
    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