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Preeclampsia, a maternal hypertensive condition, is a new risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Key proteins of interest in the disorder are vascular endothelial growth factor and its endogenous antagonist, soluble Flt-1 (sFlt-1). My research activity has focused on understanding their signaling transduction in endothelial cells and placenta. Previously I identified sFlt-1, which is elevated in pregnancies complicated with preeclampsia, as the principal factor responsible for the reduced placental angiogenesis associated with preeclampsia. Ongoing work is aimed at the development of novel in vivo models for preeclampsia and the use of transgenic animals to define how sFlt-1 causes preeclampsia-like condition. Specifically, I am interested in the interaction of these factors with pro-atherogenic chemokines and their role in the disease progression.

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Education/Academic qualification

PG Cert


BSc, University of Kent


  • RG Gynecology and obstetrics
  • preeclampsia
  • vascular
  • placenta
  • RB Pathology
  • angiogenesis
  • heme oxygenase

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Research Output 2000 2019

Establishment of porcine and human expanded potential stem cells

Gao, X., Nowak-imialek, M., Chen, X., Chen, D., Herrmann, D., Ruan, D., Chen, A. C. H., Eckersley-maslin, M. A., Ahmad, S., Lee, Y. L., Kobayashi, T., Ryan, D., Zhong, J., Zhu, J., Wu, J., Lan, G., Petkov, S., Yang, J., Antunes, L., Campos, L. S. & 27 others, Fu, B., Wang, S., Yong, Y., Wang, X., Xue, S., Ge, L., Liu, Z., Huang, Y., Nie, T., Li, P., Wu, D., Pei, D., Zhang, Y., Lu, L., Yang, F., Kimber, S. J., Reik, W., Zou, X., Shang, Z., Lai, L., Surani, A., Tam, P. P. L., Ahmed, A., Yeung, W. S. B., Teichmann, S. A., Niemann, H. & Liu, P., 3 Jun 2019, In : Nature Cell Biology. 21, 6, p. 687-699 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Stem Cells
Germ Layers
Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

Pravastatin for early-onset pre-eclampsia: a randomised, blinded, placebo-controlled trial

Ahmed, A., Williams, D., Cheed, V., Middleton, L. J., Ahmad, S., Wang, K., Vince, A. T., Hewett, P., Spencer, K., Khan, K. S., Daniels, J. P., Barber, K., Kilby, M., Knox, E., Sellman, T., Trinham, P., Tuffnell, D., Jones, V., Syson, J., Shah, N. & 50 others, Deeks, L., Carter, W., Dorman, E., Thomas, S., Harrington, D., Higgins, N., Wilmott‐powell, M., Simpson, N., Dolby, V., Bricker, L., Walkinshaw, S., Houghton, G., Longworth, H., Williamson, C., Dhanjal, M., Noori, M., Machirori, M., Howard, R., Murray, R., Weist, S., Denison, F., Crawford, I., Robson, S., Allan, C., Myers, J., Bernatavicius, G., Moorhead, L., Chappell, L., Nelson‐piercy, C., Williams, D., Daley, R., Rosas, M., Greer, I., Vitek, L., Shennan, A., Marlow, N., Marie Barnard, A., Thornton, J., Rennie, J., Peacock, J., Gao Smith, F., Hyde, C., Crawford, I., Cudmore, M., Furmston, A., Fulcher, L., Homer, L., Howman, A., Hilken, N. & Brown, S., 12 Nov 2019, In : BJOG.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor-1
Random Allocation

333: Potential preeclampsia therapy tested

Ahmed, A., Wang, K., Ahmad, S. & Rezai, H., 3 Jan 2018, p. S208.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePoster

S100P enhances the motility and invasion of human trophoblast cell lines

Ebrahimzadeh Asl Tabrizi, M., Lancaster, T., Ismail, T. M., Ganguly, A., Georgiadou, A., Wang, K., Rudland, P. S., Ahmad, S. S. & Gross, S. R., 31 Jul 2018, In : Scientific Reports. 8, 11488.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
First Pregnancy Trimester
Cell Movement
Physiological Phenomena
Cell Line

Angiopoietin-1 promotes atherosclerosis by increasing the proportion of circulating Gr1+ monocytes

Fujisawa, T., Wang, K., Niu, X-L., Egginton, S., Ahmad, S., Hewett, P. W., Kontos, C. D. & Ahmed, A., 17 Oct 2017, In : Cardiovascular Research. 113, 1, p. 81-89 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Apolipoproteins E

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Hope in fight against preeclampsia

Shakil Ahmad


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