Welcome to the Laird Laboratory at UCSF

Our research focuses on the development of the egg and sperm cells-- a process which begins in the first weeks of gestation.  Pursuit of the genetic and developmental factors involved in making a "good" egg or sperm is critical to understanding the causes of infertility, the origin of birth defects, germ cell tumors, and adverse pregnancy outcomes, and for unlocking the potential of stem cells to generate gametes for research, human reproduction and agriculture.

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