placenta, pregnancy, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, bone mineral density
Maternal & Fetal Health Chronic Disease
Julian came to SFU in 2006 following postdoctoral work at the University of Edinburgh. Throughout his career, he has studied the genetic and physiological mechanisms that contribute to diversity within species, working with mice, humans, fish, fungi and birds. Some of his earlier work identified a gene that contributed to natural variation in skeletal growth in mice. However, this gene is also highly expressed in the placenta, and has subsequently been associated with various pregnancy complications, leading him to the field of placental biology. His research interests include placental development and function, and in particular how the placenta may influence the long term health of the offspring.