Imperial College London


Faculty of MedicineDepartment of Metabolism, Digestion and Reproduction

Senior Lecturer



+44 (0)20 7594 2133mark.sullivan Website




G-027Institute of Reproductive and Developmental BiologyHammersmith Campus





Qualifications and personal history

BSc in Biochemistry, University of Oxford 1976-1980.  

PhD in Biochemistry, University of London, 1984

Post-doctoral work at Department of Biochemistry, Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine 1984-1987.

Joined Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital in 1987 as Lecturer in Biochemistry.

Promoted to Senior Lecturer within Imperial College London, 1998. 

Fellowship of Higher Educational Academy, 2010

Professional interests

 My research concentrated on the following topics:

The feto-maternal interface of human pregnancy

Biochemistry of the placenta, decidua and fetal membranes as isolated tissues. 

The cross-talk between them that is required for normal human pregnancy.

The role of local oxygen tension in regulating tissue functions

Inflammatory processes and micro-organisms in preterm labour

In recent years I have become very much more involved in the organizing of College courses, and in teaching.  This is now my main professional focus.



Head of Programme: BSc in Biomedical Science (3 year undergraduate course)

Course Director: MSc in Reproductive & Developmental Biology (1 year postgraduate course)

Head of year: Reproductive & Developmental Sciences (final year course for students taking BSc in Biomedical Science or taking BSc / MBBS (undergraduate medicine).

Academic module lead: Human Life Cycle (MBBS years 1 & 2); Reproductive Medicine (Graduate entry to Medicine year 1); Pregnancy (BSc Biomedical Science and MBBS final year); Pregnancy, Complicated pregnancy, Development (MSc in Reproductive & Developmental Biology)

Teaching and assessment: on all courses listed above.


Medical Studies Committee

Education or organizing committees for all courses listed.

Student-staff liaison groups for all courses listed

Departmental post-graduate education committee

Departmental undergraduate education committee


Professional memberships:

Biochemical Society

Society for Endocrinology

Society for Reproduction & Fertility

British Society for Immunology


Journals: Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology; Obstetrics & Gynaecology; European Journal of Endocrinology; Journal of Endocrinology; Journal of Reproductive Immunology; Human Reproduction; Molecular Human Reproduction; Human Reproduction Update; Lancet

Grants:  Action Medical Research; Wellcome Trust; WellBeing; Tommy's Fund; SPARKS.




Brew O, Sullivan MHF, 2017, Oxygen and tissue culture affect placental gene expression, Placenta, Vol:55, ISSN:0143-4004, Pages:13-20

Brew O, Nikolopoulou E, Hughes A, et al., 2016, Quality of placental RNA: Effects of explant size and culture duration, Placenta, Vol:46, ISSN:0143-4004, Pages:45-48

Brew O, Sullivan MH, Woodman A, 2016, Comparison of Normal and Pre-Eclamptic Placental Gene Expression: A Systematic Review with Meta-Analysis., Plos One, Vol:11, ISSN:1932-6203

Heyer-Chauhan N, Ovbude IJ, Hills AA, et al., 2014, Placental syndecan-1 and sulphated glycosaminoglycans are decreased in preeclampsia, Journal of Perinatal Medicine, Vol:42, ISSN:0300-5577, Pages:329-338


Sullivan M, 2017, THE SPIRALITY OF ARTERIES MAY BE IMPORTANT FOR NORMAL HUMAN PREGNANCY A THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVE, Meeting of the International-Federation-of-Placenta-Associations (IFPA), W B SAUNDERS CO LTD, Pages:266-266, ISSN:0143-4004

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