After graduating with an honours degree in Biochemistry Dr Hills worked for several years as a Clinical Scientist at St Bartholomew's hospital in London. He was awarded his PhD in 2002 from the faculty of Medicine at Queen Mary University of London for his work on "The Role of Insulin-like Growth Factors in Disorders of Fetal Growth". He continued his interest in reproductive science at Imperial College London where he worked as a postdoctoral researcher before joining Middlesex in 2004 as a lecturer. Dr Hills has published many high profile original research articles on various aspects of obstetric pathology including pre-eclampsia, recurrent miscarriage, preterm labour and fetal distress as well as several articles in the area of assisted reproduction. Currently, he is research interests include investigating the role of glycosaminoglycans and proteoglycans on the development of placental pathology and breast cancer. Dr Hills teaches a range of topics in biomedical science including clinical biochemistry, cellular and developmental biology as well as statistical analysis. He is author of around 30 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has refereed manuscripts for a variety of journals in the area of reproduction and endocrinology.
Peer reviewed research papers
Heyer-Chauhan, Narinda and Ovbude, Ihinosen J. and Hills, Anne A. and Sullivan, Mark H. and Hills, Frank (2013) Placental syndecan-1 and sulphated glycosaminoglycans are decreased in preeclampsia. Journal of Perinatal Medicine . ISSN 0300-5577
Hills, Frank and Gunn, Lionel K. and Hardiman, Paul and Thanaratnam, Silesh and Chard, Tim (1996) IGFBP-1 in the placenta, membranes and fetal circulation: levels at term and preterm delivery. Early Human Development, 44 (1). pp. 71-76. ISSN 0378-3782
Hills, Frank and Iles, Ray K. and Sullivan, Mark H. (2013) Differential proteolysis of insulin-like growth factor binding protein-1 (IGFBP-1) in pregnancy. Journal of Perinatal Medicine, 41 (3). pp. 241-249. ISSN 0300-5577
Hills, Frank and Mehmet, Huseyin and Sullivan, Mark H (2012) Insulin-like growth factor-II and heparin are anti-apoptotic survival factors in human villous cytotrophoblast. European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology, 163 (1). pp. 11-16. ISSN 1872-7654
Johnson, Mark R. and Irvine, R. and Hills, Frank and Bolton, V. N. and Abbas, A. A. and Brooks, A. A. and Allman, A. C. and Chard, Tim and Nicolaides, K. H. (1995) Superovulation, IGFBP-1 and birth weight. European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Reproductive Biology, 59 (2). pp. 193-195. ISSN 0921-8750