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Dr Alice Hughes

GW4 Clinical Academic Training PhD Fellow

 01223 4088231

 RILD Building Level 3


University of Exeter Medical School, RILD Building, RD&E Hospital Wonford, Barrack Road, Exeter, EX2 5DW, UK


Alice is a clinical trainee in Obstetrics & Gynaecology with a particular interest in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. Her interest in research began whilst studying for her medical degree at the Universities of Exeter and Plymouth. She became interested in Genetics during a BSc in Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at Imperial College London. She went on to work as an Academic Foundation Doctor in Exeter and completed a MSc in Genomic Medicine alongside her research work. Following an Academic Clinical Fellowship in Cambridge, Alice has returned to the South West to complete a PhD and build upon her previous research in Exeter, focusing on birth weight, genetics and fetal insulin.


  • BSc (Hons) Medical Sciences with Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, Imperial College London, 2014
  • BMBS, Universities of Exeter and Plymouth, 2015
  • MSc Genomic Medicine, University of Exeter, 2018


  • Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland Intercalation Studentship, 2013-2014
  • EASD Diabetes in Pregnancy Study Group Young Investigator Travel Fellowship, 2019
  • Wellcome Trust GW4 Clinical Academic Training PhD Fellowship, 2019-2022


Research interests

Alice’s PhD is focusing on fetal growth and the role of insulin, using monogenic and polygenic data to find out how and why babies are born very small or very large. She is also interested in prediction of adverse pregnancy outcomes, particularly in relation to pre-eclampsia, fetal growth restriction and diabetes in pregnancy.

Research projects

Current Projects:

  • PhD project 2019-2022: Investigating the importance of fetal insulin in birth weight and early postnatal growth. Supervised by Dr Rachel Freathy, Dr Sarah Flanagan and Professor Andrew Hattersley.

External Engagement and Impact


  • Association of Physicians of Great Britain and Ireland Prize, 2013
  • Peninsula Student Clinical Academics' Award, 2015
  • Nominated for the Diabetes UK Nick Hales Young Investigator Award, 2017


BMBS Healthcare in Practice SSU theme lead, Exeter Locality

Supervision / Group

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