Activating Eggs and Stimulating Reproduction: The Molecular View from Drosophila (and Beyond)
Mariana Federica Wolfner will be our next guest on the Molecular and Cellular Biology Colloquium Series which is scheduled on 5th October 2021, Tuesday at 6pm PKST. This series is an initiative by the Department of Biology, and you can find all lecture details here.
This session will go LIVE via the SBASSE Facebook page.
About the Speaker:
Mariana Federica Wolfner is Cornell’s Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Molecular Biology & Genetics, a Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, and currently an Associate Department Chair. Her research focuses on understanding the molecular/genetic bases for important reproductive processes that occur around the time when a sperm fertilizes an egg. Using the Drosophila model, the Wolfner laboratory studies the molecular signals that "activate" an oocyte to initiate embryo development and also studies how seminal proteins modulate the reproductive physiology and behavior of female insects. Mariana received a B.A. in Biology and Chemistry from Cornell, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Stanford, and did postdoctoral work at UC San Diego. She has mentored 43 graduate students, 30 postdoctoral scholars, and over 90 undergraduate or high school students in research. She has been honored to receive awards and recognition for her research from the Genetics Society of America, the Entomological Society of America, the International Congress of Entomology Council, and awards from Cornell for her teaching and advising/mentoring. Mariana is member of the US National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She serves on several Editorial and Biology-organizations’ Boards, and on various grants panels.