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 35 peer-reviewed scientific articles and has refereed manuscripts for a variety of journals in the area of reproduction and endocrinology.
Peer reviewed research papers
Antia IU, Mathew K, Yagnik DR, Hills FA, Shah AJ (2018). Analysis of procainamide-derived heparan sulphate disaccharides in biological samples using hydrophilic interaction liquid chromatography mass spectrometry. Anal Bioanal Chem. 2018 Jan;410(1):131-143. doi: 10.1007/s00216-017-0703-1
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.
Wilson, Laura J. and Dimitriou, Lygeri and Hills, Frank and Gondek, Marcela B. and Cockburn, Emma (2019) Whole body cryotherapy, cold water immersion, or a placebo following resistance exercise: a case of mind over matter? European Journal of Applied Physiology, 119 (1). pp. 135-147. ISSN 1439-6319
Gondek, Marcela B. and Burczynska, Beata and Hills, Frank (2018) Method optimisation for identification of carbohydrate moieties on human chorionic gonadotropin glycoforms using MALDI-TOF-MS. In: 45th International Society of Oncology and BioMarkers (ISOBM) 2018 Congress, 24-27 Nov 2018, Hamburg, Germany.
Yagnik, Darshna and Hills, Frank (2018) Urate crystals induce macrophage PAF‑AH secretion which is differentially regulated by TGFβ1 and hydrocortisone. Molecular Medicine Reports, 18 (3). pp. 3506-3512. ISSN 1791-2997
Hills, Frank and Rodd, Zoe and Antia, Imeobong U. (2018) Effect of glycosaminoglycans on growth factor-stimulated trophoblast invasion. In: International Federation of Placenta Associations Conference (IFPA2018), 21-24 Sep 2018, Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan.
Antia, Imeobong U. and Shah, Ajit J. and Yagnik, Darshna and Syngelaki, Argyro and Nicolaides, K. H. and Hills, Frank (2018) Can quantification of Serum Glycans predict Pre-Eclampsia? In: International Federation of Placenta Associations Conference (IFPA2018), 21-24 Sep 2018, Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan.