Dr Suman Rice is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Reproductive Physiology at St George’s University of London. She obtained a PhD in Neurophysiology from Kings College London and after a career break of seven years to raise a family, did an MSc in Reproductive Biology in order to switch fields for her return to academia. The focus of her research is polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and dysfunctional ovarian follicle growth, with its resultant fertility issues. In addition, Dr Rice teaches female reproductive physiology across many undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes at SGUL. She is also the Co-ordinator of the Personal Tutor system across the whole university, with responsibility for training personal tutors and supporting them and their student with welfare and pastoral concerns.
She graduated with a BSc (Physiology) & PhD from Kings College London. After a 7-year career break to start a family, she returned to science and am now a Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Physiology at St. George’s University of London. The focus of my research is primarily around polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and normal/abnormal folliculogenesis, using both cell lines and human primary granulosa-luteal cells. She is particularly interested in the interaction of insulin, Vitamin D and Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) on folliculogenesis and various ovarian endocrine signalling pathways. As a consequence she has a number of collaborations with clinical colleagues to investigate the impact of related pathologies – insulin resistance, Vitamin D deficiency & PCOS – on fertility. Outside of work she enjoys baking, sewing and swimming, but her true hidden skill is in putting together flat pack furniture!!