Gillian Stanfield, Ph.D.


Our studies of nematode reproduction focus on the signaling processes between sperm cells and their environment. Understanding how to manipulate this process may be useful in preventing or limiting the spread of infection by parasitic nematodes, which are a world-wide health problem. Additionally, our studies of one class of molecules involved in sperm differentiation, protease inhibitors, may yield direct insights into human disease, since alterations in regulatory proteolysis are implicated in numerous diseases.