Dr Lucy Oakey PhD

Dr Lucy Oakey

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Research Manager

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Institute of Translational Medicine
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Lucy Oakey is a Research Manager for the Maternal Health group within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research. She had experience working within the pharmaceutical industry before conducting her PhD in Molecular Metabolism and embarking on a career in research support.

Lucy has worked in the pre-award arena and is now utilising that experience to help manage Professor Thangaratinam’s maternal health research portfolio. 


  • PhD in Experimental Medicine 2020
  • BSc (Hons) in Medical Sciences with industrial placement 2015


Lucy has always had a strong interest in research which was cemented during her undergraduate degree when she completed an industrial placement year. Lucy completed this year with AstraZeneca in their high content biology group, where she developed a novel proliferation assay which was used to assess proliferation activity of AZ’s drug compound library in a beta cell cell-line.

Lucy graduated from her BSc (Hons) in 2015 and immediately began her PhD in the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor Gareth Lavery. Lucy’s research focused on identifying changes to cellular metabolism in response to altered NAD levels in skeletal muscle cells. Her work culminated in a first-author paper and successful completion of her PhD in 2020.

Following her work in basic science, Lucy decided to embark on a career in research support at the University of Birmingham.

Initially, Lucy did this through her role in the research facilitation team, where she supported academics across the Institutes of Microbiology and Infection and Inflammation and Aging. Here  she worked on development of grant applications, from initial concept, through to costing support and final submission. From here, Lucy joined the Translation Research team where the focus was on grant applications with a purely translational focus. This also included working on the internal translational project awards with the Wellcome Trust and MRC, Translational Development Fund and Confidence in Concept, respectively. Following this, Lucy took the opportunity to become Professor Shakila Thangaratinam’s Research Manager where she now manages the Maternal Health portfolio.

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