Dr Sandy Lau

BSc PGDipSci MSc PhD


I completed my PhD on a joint project between the Reproductive Immunology Group (Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) and the Circulatory Control Lab (Department of Physiology) at the University of Auckland. My PhD research project utilized fully implantable solid-state pressure telemetry to monitor changes in blood pressure in response to placental cellular debris during pregnancy, and whether the blood pressure response is altered with underlying maternal conditions.

Since, then I have worked with a team developing miniature implantable telemetry devices for scientific research in a commercial setting. 

With the opportunity given by a successful HRC project grant, I have returned to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology pursing academic research. 

Research | Current

I am currently working on a project succesfully funded by the HRC which investigates the effects of placental extracellular vesicles on the maternal cardiovascular adaptation to pregnancy, in normal pregnancy and in preeclampsia. 

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Wei, J., Lau, S., Blenkiron, C., Chen, Q., James, J., Kleffmann, T., ... Chamley, L. (2016). Trophoblastic debris modifies endothelial cell transcriptome in vitro: A mechanism by which fetal cells might control maternal responses to pregnancy. Scientific Reports, 6.10.1038/srep30632
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/31265
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qi Chen, Jo James, Larry Chamley, Cherie Blenkiron
  • Chen, Q., Lau, S., Tong, M., Wei, J., Shen, F., Zhao, J., & Zhao, M. (2016). Serum uric acid may not be involved in the development of preeclampsia. Journal of Human Hypertension, 30 (2), 136-140. 10.1038/jhh.2015.47
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/44125
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qi Chen
  • Chen, Q., Tong, M., Guo, F., Lau, S., & Zhao, M. (2015). Parity correlates with the timing of developing endometrial cancer, but not subtype of endometrial cancer. Journal of Cancer, 6 (11), 1087-1092. 10.7150/jca.12736
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43244
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qi Chen
  • Li, X., Zheng, S., Chen, S., Qin, F., Lau, S., & Chen, Q. (2015). Trends in gynaecological cancers in the largest obstetrics and gynaecology hospital in China from 2003 to 2013. Tumour Biology, 36 (7), 4961-4966. 10.1007/s13277-015-3143-6
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43241
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qi Chen
  • Guild, S.-J., Lau, S. Y., Russell, D., McCormick, D., Cuddy, H., Budgett, D., ... Malpas, S. (2015). High fidelity biopotential recordings in mice using a novel telemetry implant. Paper presented at Experimental Biology Meeting, Boston, MA. 28 March - 1 April 2015. FASEB JOURNAL. (pp. 1).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Daniel McCormick, David Budgett, Sarah-Jane Guild
  • Li, X. L., Chen, T. T., Dong, X., Gou, W. L., Lau, S., Stone, P., & Chen, Q. (2014). Early onset preeclampsia in subsequent pregnancies correlates with early onset preeclampsia in first pregnancy. Eur J Obstet Gynecol Reprod Biol, 177, 94-99. 10.1016/j.ejogrb.2014.03.043
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/43245
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Qi Chen
  • Lau, S. Y. (2014). Modelling aspects of preeclampsia in vitro and in vivo The University of Auckland. ResearchSpace@Auckland.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/22724
  • Lau, S. Y., Guild, S. J., Barrett, C. J., Chen, Q., Mccowan, L., Jordan, V., & Chamley, L. W. (2013). Tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, and interleukin-10 levels are altered in preeclampsia: A systematic review and meta-analysis. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology, 70 (5), 412-427. 10.1111/aji.12138
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/26118
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Vanessa Jordan, Larry Chamley, Lesley McCowan, Sarah-Jane Guild, Qi Chen, Carolyn Barrett

Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 2, Room 201
New Zealand