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Simone Immler

University of East Anglia, UK
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  • Simone Immler

    Simone Immler: Dr Immler is an Associate Professor at the University of East Anglia, UK. She 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 comparative studies in zebrafish, Atlantic salmon, worms and yeasts.

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Luca Jovine

Karolinska Institute, Sweden
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  • Luca Jovine

    Dr. Jovine is a Professor at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. He 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

University of California Berkley, USA
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  • Doris Bachtrog

    Dr. Bachtrog is an Associate Professor at University of California Berkley, USA. Her 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

Kyoto Universiy, Japan
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  • Mitinori Saitou

    Dr. Saitou is a Professor at the Center for iPS Cell Research and Application at Kyoto University, Japan. He 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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Cassandra Extavour

Harvard University, USA and Howard Hughes Medical Institute
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  • Cassandra Extavour

    Dr. Extavour is a Professor at Harvard University, USA and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Her 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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James Turner

Francis Crick Institute, UK
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  • James Turner

    Dr. Turner is a senior group leader at the Francis Crick Institute, UK. His research focuses on the impact of mammalian sex chromosomes on fertility. The Turner lab uses comparative molecular genetics, both in vivo and in vitro, to study the epigenetic regulation of germ cells and the consequences of sex chromosome aneuploidy.

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Ruth Lehmann

Whitehead Institute, MIT, USA
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  • Ruth Lehmann

    Dr. Lehmann is a professor and current director of the Whitehead Institute, MIT, USA. Her research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate germ cell specification and function. Her lab uses a wide spectrum of developmental biology, genetics and molecular tools to identify fundamental processes in germ cell biology.

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Gunter Wagner

Yale University, USA
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  • Gunter Wagner

    Dr. Wagner is a Professor at Yale University, USA. He studies the evolution of complex traits and cell types, most notably the evolution of endometrial stromal cells in eutherians. The Wagner lab uses comparative approaches in developmental biology and genomics to understand the origin and evolution of pregnancy and how new cell types emerge.

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Virpi Lummaa

University of Turku, Finland
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  • Virpi Lummaa

    Dr. Lummaa is a Professor at the University of Turku, Finland. She 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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Sarah P. Otto

University of British Columbia, Canada
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  • Sarah P. Otto

    Dr. Otto’s research aims to understand the fundamental aspects of evolution and their effect on reproduction. Her work is grounded on a multidisciplinary approach at the intersection between mathematical theory, statistical inference, and evolutionary experiments.

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Mónica Bettencourt-Dias

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal
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  • Mónica Bettencourt-Dias

    Dr. Bettencourt-Dias studies centrosome regulation in development and human disease. In her work, key aspects of oocyte and sperm cell differentiation are tackled under an evolutionarily-oriented perspective.

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Harmit Malik

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
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  • Harmit Malik

    Dr. Malik’s research is centered on how organisms deal with genetic conflict and the role germ cells play as one of the main battlegrounds in this process. His work spans from unicellular organisms to primates, with a strong focus on the dynamics of centromeres, mobile genetic elements and rapidly evolving proteins.

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