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"The Evolution of the Germ Line and Pluripotency"

"The Evolution of the Germ Line and Pluripotency"

Event Date
4 April 2019 - 12:00 to 13:00
SCRM Seminar Room
Speaker Name
Andrew Johnson
Speaker Organisation
University of Nottingham


Ph. D. in Biology, Purdue University (USA)

Postdoc University of Texas, Austin

Assistant Professor, Florida State University

Professor, University of Nottingham


I graduated from Hunter College, City university of New York, in 1980 with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Biology. After skiing in the Rocky Mountains for a year, I returned to New York and worked for two years as a Research Technician with Rosemary Bachvarova, at Cornell University Medical, who studied Oogenesis in mice. I left there to study with L. Dennis Smith at Purdue University, where I earned my Ph. D. studying the Regulation of Meiosis during Oogenesis in Xenopus. I was a Postdoc in the Department of Zoology at the University of Texas, Austin, where I studied gene regulation during early Xenopus development with Paul Krieg, and I was appointed Assistant Professor in the department of Biology at Florida State University in 1994. It was at FSU that I recognized the potential of the axolotl embryo system that I began to develop. Unfortunately, no one else saw its potential, so I moved to the University of Nottingham in 2001, where I was appointed Reader in Genetics. I was later appointed Professor.