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Prof. Judith Mank

Unravelling the Genetics of Sex Determination

Interview with Judith Mank, Chair of Evolutionary and Comparative Biology
Professor Judith Mank and her team at University College London study how differences between the male and female sexes, and the genes that encode these differences, have evolved across organisms.

In Focus: Palaeontology

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Dr. Nadia Belinda Fröbisch

Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung

Area of specialisation

Vertebrate PaleontologyEvolutionary Developmental Biology

Research interests

I am interested in the evolution and development of vertebrate body plans and the relationship between ontogeny and phylogeny throughout the evolutionary history of tetrapods (animals with four extremities). Specifically, my main research focus is on the evolutionary and developmental biology of amphibians combining data from the fossil record and extant taxa to gain a broad perspective for the evolutionary history of amphibians through deep time. Thereby I seek to understand the evolution of developmental pathways and the acquisition of the derived morphologies seen in the modern taxa, which will ultimately help to elucidate the controversial origins of the three modern amphibian groups.