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Dr Kirsten Poore BSc (Hons), PhD

Lecturer in Physiology, BM5 Year 2 Lead, Module Lead (Endocrinology and the Life Cycle)

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Dr Kirsten Poore is a Lecturer in Physiology within the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Southampton. Being interested in developmental physiology, her research focuses on how the environment both before we are born and in our early years can influence our life-long health.

“Our risk of disease is a continuously influenced by the environment throughout our life course, starting from before we are born.”

Dr Poore was appointed Lecturer in Physiology in 2007, after first moving to Southampton in 2001 to join an active research team. Originating in Australia, Dr Poore completed her PhD in fetal physiology at Monash University in Melbourne, before moving to the UK and spending several years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Cambridge.

Alongside her roles teaching and leading modules for the Bachelor of Medicine programmes, she has a keen interest in the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) research field, in particular how the early nutritional environment, environmental toxin exposure and climate change influences the risk of disease in later life. She is based in the Institute of developmental Sciences on the Southampton General Hospital site.


BSc, Physiology, Monash University, Melbourne (1991)
PhD, Monash University, Melbourne (1997)

Appointments held

2007 – Lecturer, University of Southampton

2001-2007 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, including School of Medicine Career Track Award (2005), University of Southampton

1999-2001 Research Associate, University of Cambridge

1997-1999 Research Officer, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

1992-1993 Research Assistant, Unit 33, INSERM, Paris, France

Research interests

Epidemiological studies have shown that the environment before birth affects an individual’s risk of adult-onset diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and obesity. The nature of the postnatal environment may interact with the early environment to compound these risks.

Dr Poore’s research focuses on the long-term effects of the early life environment on metabolic, cardiovascular and endocrine homeostasis in later life. Recent work has focussed on the effect of maternal obesity. Specific areas of interest include glucose tolerance, insulin sensitivity, hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, blood pressure, fat accumulation, neuroinflammation and neuropsychiatric disorders in later life. This research takes an integrative approach, linking whole systems physiology with endocrinological and molecular mechanisms.

As an expert in DOHaD, Dr Poore also acts as advisor to the World Health Organisation on the role of the early life environment on risk of later non-communicable diseases and is specifically involved in the “Pollution free environment for healthy generations” initiative. This work focusses on the effects of environmental toxicant exposure in early life.


Research group

Human Development and Health

Affiliate research group

Human Development and Physiology

Faculty of Medicine

HDH Athena SWAN Mini /EDI committee member

Institute of Developmental Sciences Communications Committee member

Faculty of Medicine: Year 1 and 2 Steering Group Chair

Faculty Undergraduate Programmes Committee member

MSc Diabetes Best Practice Programme Group member

Internal examiner, PhD

University of Southampton

Senate member 2013-2016

National and International

Member of Physiological Society and International DOHaD Society

WHO advisor

First Editor for the British Journal of Nutrition and Journal of Nutritional Science 2013-2016

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Dr Poore has wide ranging teaching activities and responsibilities across the Faculty of Medicine and in Biological Sciences, including leadership of programmes, years and modules.

Undergraduate teaching and leadership:

BM5 Year 2 Leader 2019 -

BM5 ELC Module Leader 2007 - 2019

BM5 and 4. Lecturer to undergraduate medical students on the physiology of reproduction, fetal development, birth and lactation.

BSc Biomedical Science. Lecturer on the developmental origins of health and disease (BIOL3044 Course).

Postgraduate teaching and leadership:

Deputy Programme Leader and Dissertation Module Leader on the MSc Diabetes Best Practice.

BMedSci. Laboratory-based project supervisor over many years.

MSc Dissertation. Project supervision.

Postgraduate student supervision:

2019 Aisha Rasool PhD

2018 Lisa Jones PhD

2014 Emma Lofthouse

Research Fellow supervision:

Noriko Ogawa 2017-2019

Personal Tutor

Staff mentor


Dr Kirsten Poore
Faculty of Medicine University of Southampton Southampton General Hospital Mailpoint 801 South Academic Block Tremona Road Southampton SO16 6YD

Room Number: SGH/IDS/MP887

Facsimile: (023) 8120 5255

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