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 over 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
Rankin P, Lawlor MJ, Hills FA, Bell PG, Stevenson EJ, Cockburn E (2017). The effect of milk on recovery from repeat-sprint cycling in female team-sport athletes. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. doi: 10.1139/apnm-2017-0275.
Turner AN, Kilduff L, Marshall G, Phillips J, Noto A, Buttigieg C, Gondek M, Hills F, Dimitriou L (2017). Competition Intensity and Fatigue in Elite Fencing. J Strength Cond Res. doi: 10.1519/JSC.0000000000001758.
Antia IU, Yagnik DR, Pantoja Munoz L, Shah AJ, Hills FA (2017).Heparan sulfate disaccharide measurement from biological samples using pre-column derivatization, UPLC-MS and single ion monitoring. Anal Biochem 530:17-30. doi: 10.1016.
Turner, Anthony N. and Kilduff, Liam P. and Mrashall, Geoff and Phillips, James and Noto, Angelo and Buttigeig, Conor and Gondek, Marcela and Hills, Frank and Dimitriou, Lygeri (2017) Competition intensity and fatigue in elite fencing. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research . ISSN 1064-8011 (Published online first)
Wang, Scarlet Xiaoyan and Acha, Desiree and Shah, Ajit J. and Hills, Frank and Roitt, Ivan and Demosthenous, Andreas and Bayford, Richard (2017) Detection of the tau protein in human serum by a sensitive four-electrode electrochemical biosensor. Biosensors and Bioelectronics, 92 . pp. 482-488. ISSN 0956-5663
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