Melina Schuh, former Group Leader in the LMB’s Cell Biology Division, will deliver her Lister Prize lecture, “New insights into aneuploidy in human oocytes”, on Thursday 7th July 2016 at 15.00. The lecture takes place in the LMB’s Max Perutz Lecture Theatre and is open to all interested in attending.
This prestigious award is given annually by The Lister Institute to three young researchers in the UK to support quality research in the biomedical or related biological sciences. As part of the award, each recipient delivers a prize lecture.
Melina’s research is looking at how aneuploidy arises in mammalian eggs. Defects in the egg are the most common cause of pregnancy loss and human aneuploidy conditions such as Down’s Syndrome. Most defects result from errors in chromosome segregation, when an egg develops out of an oocyte. Melina’s group is also interested in fertility problems and in vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatments. Eggs derived for IVF are frequently abnormal and cannot develop into viable embryos upon fertilisation. To improve fertility treatments it is essential to have a better understanding of the mechanisms that govern accurate progression through meiosis. The long-term goal of Melina’s research is to identify and analyse mechanisms that lead to abnormal eggs and pregnancy loss in mammals. Earlier this year, Melina relocated her lab to the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, Germany, to take up the role of Head of the Department of Meiosis.