Update 1C: Frontiers of embryology

Mechanisms of embryo failure at implantation

Dr Marta Shahbazi, Group Leader, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Marta Shahbazi has been a group leader at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology since 2020. Marta did her Ph.D. at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre. Then moved to the University of Cambridge for her post-doctoral studies under the supervision of Prof. Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz. During her post-doc, she established a method to culture human embryos beyond implantation, which was selected as the top breakthrough discovery of 2016 by popular vote in Science magazine. Using this culture method, she has explored mechanisms of cell fate specification and tissue morphogenesis during early development, and how these are altered when an abnormal number of chromosomes is present.