Maryna P 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.

Exciting news!

Whitman Center Early Career Investigator Award
I will be spending the summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, USA as a recipient of a Whitman Center Early Career Investigator Award. Thank you to the MBL for this exciting opportunity! More information here and here.

You can read more about my summer research at the MBL and the sex life of snails on the MBL blog, The Well.

Whitman Blog Headline

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SDB Emerging Models Grant
My current work on the black-footed slipper limpet (Crepidula atrasolea) is supported by generous funding from the Society for Developmental Biology.

Current Position

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

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

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?