Maryna Lesoway

“Life is not found in atoms or molecules or genes as such, but in organization; not in symbiosis but in synthesis.”

– Edwin Grant Conklin


Ventral (foot-side) view of a juvenile black-footed slipper limpet, Crepidula atrasolea.

Current Position

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Nature et technologies (FRQNT) Postdoctoral Fellow
in the lab of Jonathan Henry
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

PhD Biology, Neotropical Environment Option
Department of Biology, McGill University, Montréal, Canada and
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute, Panama
Supervisors: Ehab Abouheif (McGill) and Rachel Collin (STRI)

Research Interests
How do you get from a single cell to a complex multicellular organism? Why do marine invertebrates have so many ways of doing just that? How do transitions between these different types of development happen? How does development change over evolutionary time? What role does the environment play in development? What do invertebrate larvae do while they are swimming around in the ocean? How do organisms use so many of the same developmental “tools” to make so many different forms?