Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres will talk about the evolutionary history of the human X and Y chromosomes, and in what ways we think they will be important for human medicine in the future.
Despite significant sex bias in some human diseases, the human X and Y chromosomes are rarely included in disease studies. Further, a basic understanding of how these chromosomes came to be is critical for understanding their role in human health. Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres will talk about the evolutionary history of the human X and Y chromosomes, and in what ways we think they will be important for human medicine in the future. Dr. Melissa Wilson Sayres is an evolutionary biologist studying sex-biased genetics. In particular she is studying how the human X and Y chromosome came to be, and what this means for human health and disease. She has published 23 papers on these topics, has given 52 invited lectures, and trained more than 40 students in how to do scientific research. In addition to her research, she is an enthusiastic educator, teaching about 400 students each year.
She is an Assistant Professor of Genomics, Evolution, and Bioinformatics in The Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
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