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Simone Immler

Gamete evolution
University of East Anglia, UK
  • Simone Immler
    Dr. Immler studies the evolution of gamete production from a genetic and epigenetic standpoint. Her group focuses on the evolution of ploidy and sexually dimorphic traits using experimental studies in zebrafish, Atlantic salmon, worms and yeasts.

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Cassandra Extavour

Germ cell comparative biology
Harvard University, USA
  • Cassandra Extavour
    Dr. Extavour's research is centered on the evolution of germ cell specification and development. Her group uses a combination of developmental biology and genetics in insects. She is a leading reference in the field of comparative biology of animal germ cells.
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Luca Jovine

Sperm-egg interactions
Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Luca Jovine
    Dr. Jovine studies the extracellular matrix of mammalian oocytes to gain insight into the molecular basis of fertilization. His lab uses structural and molecular biology to understand how egg and sperm cells interact.
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Doris Bachtrog

Sex chromosome evolution
University of California Berkley, USA
  • Doris Bachtrog
    Dr. Bachtrog's research focuses on the functional consequences of sex chromosomes evolution. Her group uses a combination of functional genomics and microscopy techniques to characterize the diversification of sex chromosomes during speciation.
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Mitinori Saitou

In vitro gametogenesis
Kyoto University, Japan
  • Mitinori Saitou
    Dr. Saitou studies the developmental potential of primordial germ cells in mammals. His group uses state-of-the-art cell culture techniques to specify, grow and differentiate germ cells in vitro.
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Eva Hoffmann

University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Eva Hoffmann
    Dr. Hoffman’s research focuses on the molecular regulation of female meiosis. The Hoffmann lab uses advanced genomics and biochemistry techniques to define patterns of chromosome inheritance in mammalian reproduction.

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Stephen Stearns

Evolutionary medicine
Yale University, USA
  • Stephen Stearns
    Dr. Stearns studies how natural selection and sexual reproduction shape human evolution. He is one of the pioneers in the field of evolutionary medicine and a leading proponent of the importance of introducing evolutionary thinking to public health.     
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Yukiko Yamashita

Germ line stem cells
University of Michigan, USA
  • Yukiko Yamashita
    Dr. Yamashita’s research focuses on the regulation of germ line stem cell activity. Her lab uses genomics and high resolution microscopy to identify molecular asymmetries in stem cell division.

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Virpi Lummaa

Environment and human reproduction
University of Turku, Finland
  • Virpi Lummaa
    Dr. Lummaa studies the effects of the modern environment on human life history. Her group employs a multidisciplinary approach based on longitudinal demographic datasets to address how changes in lifespan and reproductive strategy have shaped human evolution.

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