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Hager Kowash

Hager Kowash

Michael Smith Building
Oxford Road
M13 9PT

Co-supervised with Joanna Neill and Jocelyn Glazier


I completed my undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Leeds in 2012 followed by a Masters in Reproductive and Developmental Biology from Imperial College London. My particular research interests include fetal programming, placental biology and the developmental origins of disease.

My PhD project looks to investigate how stress during pregnancy eliciting a maternal immune activation response can lead to the propensity of offspring to develop neurodevelopmental disorders (NDDs) such as schizophrenia in later life. I plan to focus on the in utero responses, aiming to determine and understand the placenta’s response to maternal immune activation and its subsequent role and interaction with the developing fetal brain to investigate the potential mechanisms that underlie the development of NDDs in later life. I also hope to explore the role of maternal-offspring behavioural interactions and how, and to what degree, this may contribute to disease development.


Harold Fox New Investigator Award 2017, International Federation of Placenta Associations
Gold level student sponsorship, Primer Design 2017
President’s Doctoral Scholar Award, The University of Manchester 2016-2019


Al-Jasmi F, Pramathan T, Kowash H, Souid AK (2016) In Vitro Study on the Response of Fibroblast Cellular Respiration to Lipoic acid, Thiamine and Carnitine in Patients with Dihydrolipoyl Dehydrogenase Deficiency. J Mol Genet Med 10:214