Genetics, Genomics and Development
BS in Biology, Wuhan University, 2019
Males transfer hundreds of seminal fluid proteins (Sfps) along with sperm to the female reproductive tract during copulation. Sfps are responsible for causing the female post-mating responses, both behaviorally and physiologically, to ensure optimal reproductive success. Female molecules interact with Sfps to facilitate the processes and affect reproduction, however, how it goes on is still not well understood. My research focuses on identifying the female receptor for ovulin, a short-lived class of Sfps elevating ovulation rate in the hours following mating. I would like to figure out what the ovulin receptor is, where it acts, and how it evolves.