Morgane Massy

My PhD focuses on the diversity of cellular mechanisms underlying non-sexual modes of reproduction. I work on Bacillus stick insects, which exhibit a wide variety of reproductive phenotypes in closely related species. Some species are purely sexual, some purely parthenogenetic, and some exhibit intermediate phenotypes, such as facultative parthenogenesis or hybridogenesis (clonal transmission of the maternal genome while excluding the paternal one). I am interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying these unorthodox reproduction modes, and how these mechanisms can help us understand how and why non-sexual reproduction evolves.

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