Dr Marie Lebbe

Clinical Research Fellow

Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism


Contact details

School of Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Institute of Biomedical Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Marie Lebbe is a Medical Research Council-funded clinical research fellow at CEDAM in the Institute of Biomedical Research. Marie is currently undertaking a PhD, looking into the effects of androgens on early follicular development.


  • Specialist Recognition in Endocrinology and Diabetes, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, 2011
  • Specialist Recognition in General Internal Medicine, Catholic University of Louvain, Brussels, Belgium, 2009
  • MB ChB equivalent, Catholic University of Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, 2003


After her general endocrine training in Belgium, Marie joined the group of Professor Arlt, in order to sub-specialise in Reproductive Endocrinology. She has been supported by a UEMS (Union of European Medical Specialists) fellowship and through the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility Director’s fund. In 2012 she obtained a three-year MRC-fellowship and embarked on a PhD.

Since Jan 2013: PhD

2010-2012 : Research Fellowship (Reproductive Endocrinology)
Centre for Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
Honorary CRF, Birmingham Women’s Hospital and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Department of Endocrinology

2006-2010: Specialist Registrar (General Endocrinology & Diabetes),
University Hospital (Cliniques Universitaires) Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium

2004-2006: Senior House Officer (Internal Medicine),
Hôpital de Jolimont, La Louvière, Belgium and University Hospital (Cliniques Universitaires) Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium

2003-2004: Junior House Officer, Sint-Elisabethziekenhuis, Brussels, Belgium

Career breaks 

  • Maternity leave 05/2007 – 11/2007
  • Maternity leave 07/2008 – 12/2008
  • Maternity leave 01/2010 – 08/2010
  • Maternity leave 07/2012 – 12/2012


  • MBChB - Small group teaching - Endocrinology (Years 1 & 2)


Marie is interested in the regulation of ovarian folliculo- and steroidogenesis and its impact on fertility, and is currently undertaking a PhD looking into the effects of androgens on early follicular development. She started her project by spending 9 months at Northwestern University Chicago, in the laboratory of Dr Teresa Woodruff. She trained in a unique murine-based encapsulated in vitro follicular maturation model and transferred this novel technology to the University of Birmingham, as a platform for her experiments.


Lebbe M and Woodruff TK (2013) Involvement of androgens in ovarian health and disease. Molecular Human Reproduction 19(12):828-837

Lebbe M , Hughes D, Reisch N and Arlt W (2012) Androgen therapy in women. Expert Rev Endocrinol 7(5):415-529

Lebbe M and Arlt W (2013) What is the best diagnostic and therapeutic management strategy for an Addison patient during pregnancy? Clinical Endocrinology 78(4):497-502

Lebbe M, Hubinont C, Bernard P and Maiter D (2010) Outcome of 100 pregnancies initiated under treatment with cabergoline in hyperprolactinaemic women. Clinical Endocrinology 73:230-236

Lebbe M, Peeters A, Fomekong E and Maiter D (2010) Présentation exceptionnelle d’une hypophysite lymphocytaire. Louvain Médical 129, 1:3-7

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