University of Liverpool,
Susan Wray studied physiology as an undergraduate at University College London, and has continued studying it ever since. After a PhD in London and postdoctoral positions, she moved with her family to Liverpool in 1990, to take up a lectureship in physiology. She obtained her Chair there in 1996 and from 2004-2008 was Head of Department.
She studies smooth muscle physiology, focusing on the myometrium, working to understand the mechanisms controlling its contractility and its pathophysiology. She was instrumental in setting up the Centre for Better Births, and in 2015 became co-Director of the Harris-Wellbeing Centre for Preterm Birth Research.
She gave The Physiological Society Joan Mott prize lecture in 2006, was made a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2002, and a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ad enumen) in 2006.
In 2012 she was voted the Liverpool Knowledge Hero.
Recently she became the founding Editor-in-Chief of Physiological Reports and Director of Athena SWAN, at her university, working for gender equality. In 2015 she co-authored “Women physiologists: centenary celebrations and beyond”, celebrating the election of women to The Physiological Society. She was made a Honorary member of The Society in 2015.
For publication in The Journal of Physiology
9.00 - 9.45
Hypoxia and uterine contractions: Not too much but not too little