Professor Ashley Moffett

Professor of Reproductive Immunology

University of Cambridge


Ashley Moffett is a Professor of Reproductive Immunology in the Department of Pathology at the University of Cambridge. She first trained in general medicine before specialising in the immunology of pregnancy, carrying out pioneering research on the immunology of trophoblast invasion and its role in placentation. Ashley is a fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and leads the maternal health theme for the Wellcome Trust Centre for Global Health research.

Professor Moffett’s current research focuses on the interaction between the maternal immune system and the fetus, specifically how Natural Killer (NK) cells regulate placentation and how this is linked to reproductive disorders such as pre-eclampsia. In addition, her laboratory aims to develop better models for understanding cellular interactions during pregnancy through culture of human trophoblast cells from early pregnancy. Professor Moffett also leads the collaboration between the Cambridge Maternal Health Research Unit and Makerere University in Uganda, studying reproductive pathologies in Ugandan women.