Jessica Elliott-Friend
PhD researcher


I have a long held interest in reproductive biology, and am particularly interested in the interactions between the environment and reproductive outcomes. I undertook my degree at University of Plymouth, where I studied Human biosciences. My undergraduate project focused on noninvasive prenatal screening for Down Syndrome using maternal plasma samples. This greatly strengthened my interest in research and lab skills.

Throughout my studies I have undertaken volunteer work experiences. I have gained experience within a working NHS lab, and a number of fertility clinics, both private and NHS. This has enabled me to have a full understanding of the processes patients go through during fertility treatment, something I think is aiding my current project. Straight from my undergraduate degree in 2011 I joined Dr Fiona Mathews and Prof. Tamara Galloway at the University of Exeter to begin my PhD. This focuses on male infertility, in particular the effect of environmental exposures. This is funded by NERC and is carried out in collaboration with Mr J. West, consultant Gynaecologist, at the Royal Devon and Exeter fertility centre.

Broad research specialisms:

Reproductive biology


2011 Bsc(Hons) Human Biosciences

Contact details

AddressHatherly Building
University of Exeter
Prince of Wales Road

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