Dr Jo James
Dr Jo James is an HRC Sir Charles Hercus Senior Research Fellow in the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, University of Auckland. Dr James’ research focusses on how the placenta develops in normal pregnancy, and why this goes wrong in fetal growth restriction. Her work has two major focusses: 1) Using placental stem cells to understand the origins of fetal growth restriction, with a view to developing novel therapeutic interventions to employ or target distinct stem cell populations in utero. 2) Developing computational models of the materno-fetal circulation to understand how the anatomical differences seen in pathological pregnancies impact placental exchange so that we can more intelligently use ultrasound to detect at risk babies. She has attracted more than $2.5million in funding as primary investigator, including grants from the Health Research Council and Marsden Fund. She is the Secretary of ANZPRA, an Associate Editor of Human Reproduction, and an editorial board member of Placenta.