Dr. Andrew Gillis (firstname.lastname@example.org, @GillisLab)
Andrew earned a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biology from Dalhousie University, a M.Sc. in Palaeobiology from the University of Bristol, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Anatomy from the University of Chicago. He held a Newton International Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (2009-2011), and a NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Department of Biology at Dalhousie University (2012-2014). He is currently a Royal Society University Research Fellow in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cambridge, a Whitman Investigator at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, and a lecturer on the MBL Embryology Course.
Dr. Kate Criswell (email@example.com, @kecriswell)
Postdoctoral Research Associate (NERC grant researcher co-investigator)
Kate earned a B.Sc. from Shippensburg University, a M.Sc. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a Ph.D. in Organismal Biology and Anatomy from the University of Chicago. Kate is interested in the development and early evolution of the vertebrate axial skeleton, and is currently investigating the embryonic origin and patterning of the vertebral column in cartilaginous fishes. See Kate's personal website here.
Jenaid Rees (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ph.D. student, Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms
Jenaid earned a B.Sc. (Hons) from Manchester University and an M.Res in Developmental Biology from University College London. She is currently a Ph.D. student on the Developmental Mechanisms Wellcome Trust Programme. Jenaid is investigating the origin, patterning function and evolution of pharyngeal arch signalling centres in chick and skate.
Dr. Michael Palmer (email@example.com, @EvoInspiredEng)
Postdoctoral research associate
Michael earned a B.ChE. (Hons.) from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering from Princeton University. Michael is interested in cartilage development and regeneration in skates, and is using a combined computational and experimental approach to better understand these processes.
Dr. Mike Sackville (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Postdoctoral research associate
Mike earned a B.Sc. in biology from McGill University, and a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in comparative physiology from the University of British Columbia. Mike is interested in the evolution of gas and ion homeostasis in animals, and is currently investigating the embryonic and evolutionary origins of ionocytes and neuroepithelial cells (NECs) found in vertebrate gills. Check out Mike’s personal website for more info.
Gillis lab alumni
Dr. Victoria Sleight (email@example.com, @VS_Marine)
Vicky was a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Gillis Lab from 2017-2020, where she studied the embryonic origin and axial patterning of the skate craniofacial skeleton. Vicky is currently a Lecturer in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. Visit the Sleight Lab.
Dr. Christine Hirschberger (firstname.lastname@example.org, @christinehir)
Christine was a student on the BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme from 2017-2021. Christine used comparative transcriptomic approaches to investigate axial patterning mechanisms of the jaw and gill arch skeleton of cartilaginous fishes. Christine is currently a postdoctoral research associate in the lab of Prof. Clare Baker.
Eve Koo (email@example.com)
Eve was a MPhil student in Developmental Biology from 2020-2021, and investigated the genomic and developmental basis of bone loss in cartilaginous fishes. Eve is currently a student on the Pre-Medical Program at the Harvard Extension School.