Dr James Ord is a molecular biologist at the University of Tartu, specialising in non-genetic inheritance. He completed his PhD at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he studied environmental influences on reproduction and offspring in small fish.
Seminar title: “Fins of our fathers: how daddy fish influence their offspring in unexpected ways”.
Abstract: With over 33,000 species, fish represent one of the most diverse groups of animals on the planet. This diversity is well illustrated by the many different ways that they reproduce. Male fish, for example, often pitch in a lot more to the next generation than mammals typically would. This is taken to the extreme by seahorses in which males undergo full-on pregnancy. Most remarkably, both female and male fish – whether they get pregnant or not – can ‘teach’ their offspring before they have even been born, by means of strange mechanisms which scientists are only just beginning to understand.
Time: Thursday, June 13, 2019, at 18:00
Place: Tartu, Vallikraavi 6, culture bar NAIIV
The seminar was organized by the ERA Chair of Translational Genomics at the University of Tartu (European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 668989)