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
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.
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
Kvirkvelia, Nino and Chikadze, Nino and Makinde, Julia and McBride, Jeffrey D. and Porakishvili, Nino and Hills, Frank and Martensen, Pia M. and Justesen, Just and Delves, Peter J. and Lund, Torben and Roitt, Ivan (2018) Investigation of factors influencing the immunogenicity of hCG as a potential cancer vaccine. Clinical & Experimental Immunology, 193 (1). pp. 73-83. ISSN 1365-2249
Gondek, Marcela B. and Hills, Frank and Burczynska, Beata (2017) Detection and quantification of human chorionic gonadotropin levels in human placental choriocarcinoma cell lines. In: Summer Conference 2017, June 2017, Middlesex University.
Gondek, Marcela B. and Hills, Frank and Burczynska, Beata (2015) Can you spot the difference? Analysis of human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) secreted by common non-trophoblastic and trophoblastic cancers. In: Summer Conference, June 2015, Middlesex University, London, United Kingdom.
Cockburn, Emma and Hills, Frank and Wilson, Laura J. and Paice, Katherine and Wood, Alyssa and Dimitriou, Lygeri (2017) The effect of plasma volume on changes in biomarkers of muscle damage, inflammation, oxidative stress and leukocyte differential following a 42.2 km trail run, and the efficacy of recovery interventions. In: BASES Conference 2017, 28-29 Nov 2017, Nottingham, UK.