Differential follicle stimulating hormone glycosylation modulates follicle growth and survival rates – Dr Gillian Johnson, King’s College London, UK

Having secured a PhD in stem cell mechanobiology from Trinity College Dublin, Dr Gillian Johnson is now working as a Postdoctoral Research Associate on a BBSRC funded project, investigating the role of FSH glycosylation in ovarian ageing and function in the Jonas research group at Kings College London.

Autoimmune ovarian and uterine dysfunction induced by chronic interferon gamma expression – a novel mouse model – Dr Enitome Bafor, National Cancer Institute, USA

Dr Enitome Bafor is a postdoctoral research fellow at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, USA. She received her PhD from the University of Strathclyde, UK, under a scholarship from the then Education Trust Fund, Nigeria, and has also done a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Liverpool, UK, with a Grant from the Society for Reproductive Investigation, USA. Some of her other achievements include research grants in 2016 and 2019 from The World Academy of Science and the Society for Reproductive Investigation/Bayer Pharmaceuticals USA. Some of her awards include NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence 2021, Gro Brundtland Award 2018 for women in sustainable development, research advocacy award by Research4life Elsevier, Nigerian Young Scientist Prize in Health Sciences 2017, and Runner up Inspiring Champions of Science 2019 by Johnson & Johnson USA. Some of her fellowships include DAAD-International Deans Fellowship and the Excell Fellowship by the African Research Excellence Fund (AREF). She is also an affiliate member of the African Academy of Sciences and has served as a peer reviewer for the Office of Chief Scientist Intramural grant Office of Women’s Health in Food and Drug Administration (US-FDA), 2018. She has received about 24 awards and recognitions, nine small research grants, and six travel grants, published over 60 scientific articles, 41 of which she is the first author, and has contributed to five book chapters.

Chronic dietary intake of glyphosate-based herbicides in broiler hens strongly reduces the viability of their offspring during early embryonic period – Dr Anthony Estienne, INRAE, France

Anthony Estienne is a specialist in ovarian function of a large variety of animal models. During his PhD, he worked on Anti-Müllerian Hormone (AMH) regulation by the Bone Morphogenetic Proteins (BMPs) in mammals ovaries and its incidence on ovulation rate. Later, he spent 3 years in Christopher Price’s lab to study the Fibroblast Growth Factor 18 (FGF18) regulation and its involvement in follicular atresia in ewe. He also studied the role of the disulfure hydrogen free-radical in ovulation in mouse model and human. For the last two years, Anthony has been working on the close relationship between metabolism and reproductive functions in human and avian species in Joëlle Dupont’s lab.

Differences in mRNA EVs derived from conceptuses with different developmental competency may contribute to the altered endometrial transcriptome observed during the peri-implantation period of pregnancy – Dr Tiago Henrique DeBen, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil