5. Reproduction – from Genes to Molecules and Function
Sexual reproduction requires the formation, maturation, and fusion of male and female gametes, followed by embryonic development, pregnancy, and birth. Each of these steps is coordinated by complex genetic, cellular, and hormonal processes, which are not yet fully understood. The topical program “Reproduction – From Genes to Molecules and Function” bundles several translational and multidisciplinary projects dedicated to the reproductive cycle. The aim is to investigate the function of sperm and oocytes, the fertilisation process, embryonic development, and the tissues and organs involved in the reproductive process during various life phases. The program will examine how age, lifestyle, and environmental factors affect reproductive functions, and it will investigate the causes of infertility and the risk of disease associated with it. In the clinical research group “Male Germ Cells” (CRU326), funded in 2017, biologists, biochemists, bioinformatics, physicists, and clinicians have been studying the genetics and function of male germ cells. Their work will form the core of this larger-scale topical program. The program shall focus on the function of male and female germ cells, which involves, e.g., the analysis how female hormones influence flagella movement of sperm cells.
We now need to identify the local groups and projects that could participate and define potential research areas/core projects. To this end, we organise a virtual workshop on 24/25th June 2021. The aim of this workshop is to bring together WWU researchers that directly or indirectly work in the field of reproduction and/or could contribute to this research area.
Further information about the project
Prof. Dr Frank Tüttelmann (Institute of Reproductive Genetics), Prof. Dr Timo Strünker (Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology), Faculties of Medicine (FB 5), Mathematics and Computer Science (FB 10), Chemistry and Pharmacy (FB 12), Biology (FB 13)