Dr Melanie Eckersley-Maslin
Melanie is a molecular biologist with a broad interest in mammalian developmental biology, particularly how different cell types in the body are specified and maintained despite having the same DNA sequence. She completed her Bachelor's degree in Advance Science at The University of Sydney, Australia, before moving to Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories in New York, USA for her PhD studies in molecular cell biology. Her doctoral research investigated gene expression regulation in embryonic stem cells and during cell differentiation. She is now a Marie Curie and EMBO postdoctoral research scientist in the Epigenetics department at Babraham Institute, where she studies the very early stages of mammalian development, particularly how the embryonic genome is first activated, and how the first cell fate decisions are made.