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Area of academic expertise - outline

My research career began with my doctoral studies at the University of Strathclyde investigating the ability of the female sex hormone progesterone to modulate immune cell function.  During this time I was introduced to the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and gained interest in how this parasite is controlled by the immune system and how it can be congenitally transmitted from mother to baby. 

As a post-doctoral researcher within Reproductive & Maternal Medicine at the University of Glasgow, I was able to continue my studies into various aspects of reproductive immunology, including investigations into the trafficking of leukocytes to the uterus, and the role of the atypical chemokine receptor ACKR2 within the placenta.

Since joining UWS in 2013, my primary area of research interest is Reproductive Immunology, with a specific focus on human pregnancy. 

I am also passionate about science communication and public engagement.  I am a registered STEM ambassador, have vast experience of different engagement activities.

Current research activities

Current projects include: (a) defining the impact of ethanol on placenta gene expression and function; (b) an investigation into the role of IL-33 in the placenta; (c) an investigation into the role of ACKR2 in the placenta; and (d) studies into the control of infection-induced inflammation in the placenta, focussing on using Toxoplasma gondii as our model infection.

Desired research direction

It is my ambition to expand and develop Reproductive Immunology projects at UWS so that we are recognised internationally as a key institution for research in this area.   Current and planned projects will be developed to become translational to the clinic and have wider impact on clinical practice, health education and policy.

Target collaborative companies

  1. Biotechnology Industry - Interested in working with companies seeking help with developing better diagnostic assays/tools for inflammatory conditions.
  2. Continuing Professional Development – Interested in working with any training provider to develop science communication and skills update programmes.

Target collaborative organisations

  1. NHS (Greater Glasgow & Clyde & Lanarkshire)
  2. Renfrewshire/South Lanarkshire Council
  3. Collaborations with Universities of Glasgow & Strathclyde are ongoing, but I am also keen to work with any institution to develop new collaborations.

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Research Output

A comprehensive profile of chemokine gene expression in the tissues of the female reproductive tract in mice

Menzies, F. M., Oldham, R. S., Waddell, C., Nelson, S. M. & Nibbs, R. J. B., 20 Aug 2019, In : Immunological Investigations.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • The role of chemokines and their receptors during protist parasite infections

    Menzies, F., MacPhail, D. & Henriquez, F., 1 Dec 2016, In : Parasitology. 143, 14, p. 1890-1901 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 3 Citations (Scopus)

    Immunology of Pregnancy and Systemic Consequences

    Menzies, F. M. & Henriquez-Mui, F., 2015, Sex and Gender Differences in Infection and Treatments for Infectious Diseases. Klein, L. S. & Roberts, W. C. (eds.). Cham: Springer International Publishing AG, p. 49-74 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Atypical chemokine receptor ACKR2 mediates chemokine scavenging by primary human trophoblasts and can regulate fetal growth, placental structure, and neonatal mortality in mice

    Teoh, P. J., Menzies, F. M., Hansell, C. A. H., Clarke, M., Waddell, C., Burton, G. J., Nelson, S. M. & Nibbs, R. J. B., 15 Nov 2014, In : The Journal of Immunology. 193, 10, p. 5218-5228 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    7 Citations (Scopus)

    Investigating the expression of matrix metalloproteinases and heat shock proteins in postpartum uterine involution

    Burton, L. E., Oldham, R. S., Higgins, C. A., Nibbs, R. J. B., Nelson, S. M. & Menzies, F. M., 2 Sep 2014, In : Scottish Medical Journal. 59, 3, p. E34-E34 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalMeeting Abstract

  • Prizes

    Activities

    • 25 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement
    • 13 Participation in conference
    • 6 Types of External academic engagement - Membership of external research organisation
    • 3 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    UWS Learning, Teaching and Research Conference 2019

    Fiona Menzies (Participant)
    26 Jun 201927 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Glasgow Science Festival - UWS Smashing Science event

    Fiona Menzies (Contributor)
    13 Jun 2019

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Festival/Exhibition

    Scottish Public Engagement Network Annual Meeting

    Fiona Menzies (Participant)
    11 Jun 2019

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in conference

    Science at UWS: research and courses overview

    Fiona Menzies (Presenter)
    22 Oct 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement

    Mission Discovery 2018

    Iain McLellan (Examiner), Fiona Menzies (Examiner), Catriona Tedford (Examiner)
    9 Jun 2018

    Activity: OtherTypes of Public engagement and outreach - Schools engagement