Samprikta Manna

PhD Student

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Sam is an Early Stage Researcher for the iPlacenta consortium, with Dr. Fergus McCarthy and Dr. Cathal McCarthy.

Sam’s PhD research is focused on understanding the pathophysiology of premature ageing of the placenta in adverse pregnancy outcomes such as Pre-eclampsia and Intrauterine growth restrictions, in order to identify biomarkers and therapeutic targets. For her project, she will be recruiting patients with Term and Pre-Term Preeclampsia, and Intrauterine Growth restriction for maternal blood, urine, placenta and umbilical cord blood.

Career Profile:

  • August 2018 to Present: PhD Researcher at Infant Centre, University College Cork
  • April 2018 to August 2018: Master’s Research Project, APC Microbiome Institute, University College Cork

Education Profile:

  • 2018- Present: PhD in Medicine (Obstetrics and Gynaecology) INFANT Centre, University College Cork, Ireland

Topic: Axis of Placental Aging in Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Telomeres and Mitochondria

  • 2017-2018: M.Sc. Molecular Cell Biology and Bioinnovation, University College Cork, Ireland

Thesis Topic: Differential effects of bile acids on cellular gene expression and mitochondrial functions.

  • 2010-2014: Bachelor of Dental Surgery, Hitkarini Dental College and Hospital, India

Professional Activities/Achievements:

  • June 2018: Finalist, Student Entrepreneur Awards, Enterprise Ireland Initiative, Galway, Ireland, 2018
  • September 2017: Best Presentation and Pitch at Blackstone Launchpad, Business Idea Generation Challenge, UCC, Ireland
  • May 2010: Certificate of Merit for English, Examination, Central Board of Secondary Education, India