Cathy Thornton is Professor of Human Immunology studying immunological adaptation in pregnancy and antenatal determinants of immune health in childhood. This includes study of the placenta in health and in adverse obstetric conditions. Interests in these areas also supports global challenges research related to improving maternal and neonatal health outcomes. Analysis of blood via various techniques is a core research approach and this underpins a quest for novel blood-based diagnostics for pregnancy disorders. It also enables collaboration with developers of blood handling medical devices such as those for mechanical circulatory support.