7 September 2009   Research News

344CSC welcomes new group

The CSC welcomes Enrique (Fadri) Martinez-Perez, who will be heading the Meiosis research group.

Fadri comes to us from the University of Sheffield, where his work in the department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology focused on the coordination of the chromosomal events of meiosis. Before his position at Sheffield, Fadri worked as a postdoctoral researcher in Stanford University. Fadri was awarded his PhD from the University of East Anglia, having previously completed his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at the University of Madrid.

Working with the nematode worm C. elegans as a model, the group’s work aims to understand the mechanisms that mediate correct chromosome segregation during meiosis. In particular, the group is interested in the interplay between meiotic chromosome structure and meiotic recombination.

Understanding the precise mechanisms that govern meiotic chromosome segregation is of paramount importance for sexual reproduction, as offspring receiving an incorrect number of chromosomes can lead to birth defects and miscarriages.

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