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MCB Seminar Series: Katie Billmyre

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Storrs Campus
BPB 130

Katie Billmyre, NIGMS K99 Postdoctoral Fellow, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City

Host: Stacey Hanlon

Title: "Why do some chromosomes misbehave during meiosis?"

Summary: In Drosophila, partial-loss of function synaptonemal complex mutants exhibit different meiotic defects on the X chromosome versus the autosomes. Understanding how individual chromosome behavior is regulated is key to uncovering why chromosome-specific aneuploidies occur.

Bio: Katie did her PhD in the lab of John Klingensmith at Duke where she focused on the signaling pathways necessary for the development of the mandible, the esophagus, and the trachea. She then did a short post-doc at UNC in the lab of Shawn Ahmed where she identified the first example of a meiotic gene promoting germ cell immortality. She currently is in the lab of Scott Hawley where she has been studying chromosome-specific differences during meiosis.

To learn more about Dr. Billmyre and her research, visit

Seminar can be live-streamed at


Molecular and Cell Biology (primary), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, EEB Related Events, Physiology & Neurobiology

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