Mick Rae

Mick Rae

Prof Mick Rae

Senior Lecturer


Having begun my career at what was then Napier College of Commerce and Technology, then became Napier Polytechnic, I graduated in 1991 with an honours degree in Biological Sciences. This fostered an interest/obsession in the research field of reproduction, which I was fortunate to be able to pursue in the University of Edinburgh medical School, leading to the award of PhD in 1995. I then spent two years in the University of Kent working on projects examining novel cancer imaging techniques, which hugely boosted my laboratory skills, prior to returning to the field of reproductive sciences in 1997 at what is now the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen. I returned to the University of Edinburgh in 2001, and remained there, working on ovarian function and cancer, until my initial appointment as a lecturer in Edinburgh Napier University. Becoming Reader in Reproductive Biology in 2012, I have continued to pursue my reproductive research interests, focusing upon the influence the prenatal environment has upon lifelong health – we are living longer, and ‘healthspan’ has to keep pace with lifespan if we are to maximise our quality of life, hence ensuring that we begin our lives with the best possible health opportunities for life is something I am very keen to contribute to.
In my spare time, I attempt to keep a classic car on the road, and enjoy fishing for wild brown trout all over Scotland.


Research Areas


Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Society for Reproduction and Fertility, Council member 2011-2015


Conference Activity

  • Lead organiser of National Ovarian Workshop 2005
  • Local organiser of the 2nd World Congress of Reproductive Biology, Edinburgh International Conference Centre, 2014
  • Invited chair, University of Oxford SRF annual conference 2015 – session: ‘oocytes’
  • Invited chair: Royal Society of Edinburgh, Special conference in recognition of scientific contributions of Professor AS McNeilly, Ovary session 2014
  • Invited chair: University of Cambridge SRF annual conference 2014, session: plenary opening


External Examining/Validations

  • External examination of PhD University of Southampton
  • PhD external examiner: University of Aberdeen, University of Nottingham
  • University of Nottingham Veterinary School, external examiner for 2nd year of veterinary studies


Fellowships and Awards

  • Honorary Fellow in the Deanery of Clinical Sciences, in the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh


Invited Speaker

  • Prenatal steroids programme metabolic dysfunction in sheep
  • How reproduction works (more or less)
  • Invited speaker at INRA (Paris)
  • Invited speaker at Murdoch University
  • Invited speaker at Perth Zoo, Australia
  • Invited speaker at SRUC 2014 – ‘how biomedical and agricultural scientists can benefit from each other more’.
  • Invited speaker University of Edinburgh: ‘How to build an academic career’



  • Ad hoc reviewer of scientific articles for numerous (>3) international journals


Current Post Grad projects

Previous Post Grad projects

Non-Napier PhD or MSc by Research supervisions

  • Reproductive and metabolic programming by exogenous steroids
  • Optimisation and validation of an in vitro bioassay as a tool for measuring Luteinising Hormone in several species of mammals