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)
Royal Society Shooter International Postdoctoral Fellow
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.
Dr. Victoria Sleight (firstname.lastname@example.org, @VS_Marine)
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Vicky earned a B.Sc. (Hons) from Plymouth University, and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from Heriot-Watt University and the British Antarctic Survey. For her Ph.D., Vicky investigated the molecular control of biomineralisation and shell development in antarctic bivalves. She is currently investigating the embryonic origin and molecular patterning of gill arch appendages in cartilaginous fishes, while also continuing research into molluscan shell development. See Vicky's personal website here.
Christine Hirschberger (email@example.com, @christinehir)
Ph.D. student, BBSRC Doctoral Training Programme
Christine earned a B.A. from Oxford University, where she became interested in questions of early vertebrate evolution. Christine is now using comparative transcriptomic approaches to investigate axial patterning mechanisms of the jaw, gill arch and paired fin skeleton of cartilaginous fishes.
Suzanne Nolan (Suzanne_Nolan@baylor.edu, @Suzanne_Olivia)
Visiting Ph.D. student
Suzanne earned a B.S. in Psychology from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is currently working on a Ph.D. in Psychology at Baylor University, where she studies how early life environmental factors, such as diet, contribute to the development of autistic-like behaviors in mice with germline defects in ASD-candidate genes. During the summer of 2017, Suzanne completed the SPINES program at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and became interested in working with marine organisms. As a visitor in the Gillis Lab, Suzanne is investigating mechanisms of adaptive colour change in the little skate. See Suzanne's personal website here.
Holly Ward (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Holly is an undergraduate in Veterinary Medicine, and is writing her part II BBS dissertation on the embryonic origin of vertebrate bone, cartilage and intermediate skeletal tissues. She is also conducting a comparative histological study of skeletal tissue in various fish taxa.
Alice Bough (email@example.com)
Alice is an undergraduate in the Natural Sciences Tripos. Her part II research project is looking at the embryonic origin of hypoxia-sensitive neuroepithelial cells in the gills of cartilaginous fishes.
Katie Kirk (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Katie is an undergraduate in Veterinary Medicine, and her part II research project is resolving the embryonic origin of the calcitonin-producing parafollicular cells ("C-cells") of cartilaginous fishes.
Emily Hillan (email@example.com)
Emily is an undergraduate in Natural Sciences Tripos, and is researching the sensory function of vertebrate skeletal cell types.
Dr. Gruff A. Lo
Visiting Postdoctoral Research Associate
Dr. Lo joins us from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he claims to have completed a Ph.D. in Genetics. Prior to that, he earned a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Cambridge (though proof of these degrees is pending). In the Gillis Lab, Dr. Lo is studying the genetic basis of rare pigmentation defects, including the occurrence of orange eyes, black tongue, and purple prickles. When not in the lab, Dr. Lo enjoys sleeping in caves, walking in the Scottish Highlands and going to the theatre. He also runs a local musophobia support group.