Lister Fellow Updates: New Roles and Research Papers

In this article we share some of the latest research work and professional appointments of our Fellows and Members in recent months.

New research on fetal signals

Dr Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri’s laboratory has recently published a new paper in eLIFE discussing fetal growth and signalling behaviour.

The research has shown that the fetus signals to the placenta during pregnancy to regulate its supply of nutrients during development. This has important implications for understanding the regulation of fetal growth during pregnancy.

You can find out more by viewing the paper here; Fetal and trophoblast PI3K p110α have distinct roles in regulating resource supply to the growing fetus in mice.

Dr Sferruzzi-Perri is a University Lecturer in Physiology at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at Cambridge University and both a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow and a Lister Institute Fellow.

You can find out more about her work on the University of Cambridge website here.

Allan Herbison to take up Chair in Neuroendocrinology at Cambridge

Professor Allan Herbison FRSNZ is a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and specialises in the neural aspects of fertility.

His research involves the investigation of how cells in the brain work together in order to send the correct signals to ovaries, to help ensure successful and healthy pregnancies. His team’s work is crucial for the generation of innovative new treatments designed to help infertile couples.

From September 2019 he returned to the UK, after several years at the Centre for Neuroendocrinology at the University of Otago in New Zealand, in order take up the position of Chair in Neuroendocrinology at the University of Cambridge.

Find out more about Professor Herbison’s work here.

Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz opens new lab in Caltech

Lister Fellow Magdalena (Magda) Zernicka-Goetz is opening a new laboratory at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in Los Angeles, USA.

Her research focuses on understanding the development of cell lineages and patterning in the early mammalian embryo.

Magda is the Bren Professor of Biology and Biological Engineering and former Visiting Associate at Caltech. She is also a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow and Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge and will maintain this laboratory.

You can find out more about her work here.

We are always pleased to hear about the professional accomplishments of our talented network of Lister Fellows and former Fellows – please stay tuned for more details!