Samprikta (Sam) Manna
Project Title: Axis of Placental Aging in Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes: Telomerese and Mitochondria
Samprikta holds a Bachelors in Dental Surgery from Rani Durgavati University, Madhya Pradesh, India. She worked as a full-time dentist for about 2 years before opting for post-graduation in Ireland. Sam relocated and became a part of University College Cork in September 2017 as a Masters in Molecular Cell Biology and Bioinnovation student. She did her research project in APC Microbiome Institute, UCC, Ireland, where she looked at the changes in physiology, gene expression and mitochondrial functions in colon cancer cells when treated with bile acids and lipids. Sam’s research is focused towards understanding the process in which mitochondrial fitness can play a key role in growth, development, and aging of the placenta for adverse pregnancy outcomes like pre-eclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, gestational diabetes, and stillbirth.