Gemma Govinden

Education & Career History

2002- 2008 University of Manchester

Medicine 2008

BSc Neuroscience (Hons) 2:1 2007

2008-2010 Foundation Year Doctor

Yorkshire and Humber Deanery

Involved in the South Yorkshire Foundation  Committee

2010-present Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Yorkshire and Humber Deanery

Research Interests

My interest in research started at an undergraduate level where I took a year out from Medicine to complete an undergraduate degree. As part of this I completed an 8 week lab project which examined whether extracellular matrix receptors regulated the localisation of voltage-gated calcium channels in the cell membrane. The project found that the calcium beta 3 subunits distribution within the cell membrane may be affected by the extracellular matrix protein laminin.

Following qualification, I have worked for 6 years in the NHS as a clinician. I currently work as a Specialist Registrar in Obstetrics and Gynaecology which is a combination of outpatient, emergency and surgical work. Over the past 2 years, I have become increasingly involved in research in the obstetric field. I have conducted a systematic review under the supervision of Dr P Madhuvrata and Prof T Farrell on primary prevention of gestation diabetes in high risk women. I have presented this at an international and national level, winning first prize for my oral presentation at the National Diabetes in Pregnancy conference.

I joined Dr Stafford’s team in May 2014. Along with Professor Anumba, we are investigating bacterial Vaginosis and its relationship to pre-term labour; focusing on the relationship between sialidase positive bacterial Vaginosis pathogens as a possible treatment target. We also hope to develop bedside test for Group B Streptococcus.

Gemma is the holder of a Jessop Wing small grant award to support her research.

I am a member of the following societies

British Medical Association

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists


International poster and national oral presentation (1st Prize) for a systematic review on Primary prevention of Gestational Diabetes in high risk women

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