MiR-371a disrupts the stroma-epithelium communication in human endometrium – Dimitra Makri, University of Nottingham, UK

Dimitra Makri is a biologist with a Bachelor’s Degree from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece with specialisation on Molecular Biology and Genetics. She has completed with Distinction the Master of Medical Sciences Degree in Assisted Reproduction Technology at the University of Nottingham, 2016-2017. In 2017 Dimitra received the Vice-Chancellors Scholarship to continue her research at the University of Nottingham where she focused her studies on miRNA roles in pre-implantation embryo development. She is currently at the final year of her PhD and is now affiliated with the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany where she works at the University IVF clinic as a scientific associate and embryologist.

Testosterone treatment affects non-growing and early growing ovarian follicles – Dr Emily Bailie, The University of Edinburgh, UK

Dr Emily Bailie is an Obstetric and Gynaecology trainee from Northern Ireland. She graduated from Queens University Belfast in 2011 and completed her foundation training in Northern Ireland, followed by a year working abroad in Melbourne, Australia.

She commenced obstetric and gynaecology training in August 2014 and has completed her fifth year. She was successfully appointed as a Clinical Research Fellow in NHS Lothian in April 2019 and is completing an MD with Professor Richard Anderson and Professor Evelyn Telfer with the University of Edinburgh. Her area of research focuses on the effect of high dose testosterone on ovarian function.

The effect of PRDX2 protein on mitochondrial and developmental competence in an H2O2 stress-induced model of cellular senescence in sheep oocytes and blastocysts – Keerthi Gnanaprabha, University of Leeds, UK