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Department of Plant Sciences



I have spent the last 23 years as a Research Assistant, at the University, where my focus has been in the field of Developmental Programming. This focused on the use of human and animal models to disentangle the mechanisms linking a suboptimal maternal environment with increased risk of the exposed infant having increased risk of adult disease in later life. During this time I have gained 47 papers in high impact factor journals.


Key Publications

  • Tarry-Adkins et al. The metabolic response of human trophoblasts derived from term placentas to metformin. Diabetologia - In press.
  • Tarry-Adkins et al, Impact of Metformin Treatment on Human Placental Energy Production and Oxidative Stress. Front Cell Dev Biol (2022) Jun 17; 10:935403. 
  • Tarry-Adkins et al. Efficacy and Side Effect Profile of Different Formulations of Metformin: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Diabetes Ther (2021) Jul;12(7):1901-1914.
  • Tarry-Adkins et al. Exploring Telomere Dynamics in Aging Male Rat Tissues: Can Tissue-Specific Differences Contribute to Age-Associated Pathologies? Gerontology (2021);67(2):233-242.
  • Tarry-Adkins et al. Neonatal, infant, and childhood growth following metformin versus insulin treatment for gestational diabetes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. PLoS Medicine (2019); 16(8):e1002848. 
Laboratory Manager Assistant
Jane Adkins

Contact Details

Email address: 
Crop Science Centre
Lawrence Weaver Road
01223 342200