Melanie Eckersley-Maslin

Short Biography:
2014 - current: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Babraham Institute, Cambridge UK (funded by EMBO LT Fellowship and Marie Curie Individual Fellowship) and Sackler Research Fellow, Christ's College, The University of Cambridge
2008-2014: PhD in Molecular Biology, The Watson School of Biological Sciences, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
2004-2007: Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours, University Medal), The University of Sydney, Australia
Research Interests:
My research passion surrounds the very early stages of mammalian embryonic development, one of the most dramatic chromatin and epigenetic transformations in an organism's life. Following fertilisation, the embryonic genome must be correctly remodelled and transcriptionally activated to produce a totipotent embryo. My research aims to understand the epigenetic contribution of these developmental events, including how zygotic genome activation is regulated at the molecular level, and the contribution of epigenetic and transcriptional heterogeneity between single cells in cell fate decisions.