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Diana Laird, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Phone415-476-5471
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    Harvard UniversityA.B.1995Physics
    Stanford UniversityPh.D.2003Biological Sciences
    Sloan Kettering InstitutePostdoctoral Fellowship2007Developmental Biology

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    Our work focuses on three interrelated questions: do all developing germ cells have equal potential to give rise to functional eggs or sperm; how do environmental inputs affect germ cells during development, and what is the role of germ cells in ovarian and systemic aging? Using mouse models, human cells, and naked mole rats, we explore these questions in the real-world contexts of prenatal exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and psychosocial stress as well as genetic causes of infertility such as Fragile X Primary Ovarian Insufficiency. Our work spans the fields of epigenetics, developmental and stem cell biology. As a federally-funded lab in a public university, our broad mission is to advance knowledge toward improving human health, provide research training for students and postdoctoral fellows, and promote public awareness of science.

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    Fmr1 Function and Repeat Expansion in the Developing Germline
    NIH/NIGMS R01GM122902Dec 26, 2017 - Nov 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The intersection of stress and environmental chemicals in germ cell reprogramming
    NIH/NIEHS R01ES028212Sep 15, 2017 - Aug 31, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    The 2014 Santa Cruz Developmental Biology Meeting
    NIH/NICHD R13HD081860Jul 15, 2014 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Assessing transgenerational effects of Phthalates on primordial germ cells
    NIH/NIEHS R21ES023297Aug 29, 2013 - Jul 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Cell competition in the developing mouse germline
    NIH DP2OD007420Sep 30, 2010 - Jun 30, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. DiTroia SP, Percharde M, Guerquin MJ, Wall E, Collignon E, Ebata KT, Mesh K, Mahesula S, Agathocleous M, Laird DJ, Livera G, Ramalho-Santos M. Maternal vitamin C regulates reprogramming of DNA methylation and germline development. Nature. 2019 Sep; 573(7773):271-275. PMID: 31485074.
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    2. Nguyen DH, Jaszczak RG, Laird DJ. Heterogeneity of primordial germ cells. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2019; 135:155-201. PMID: 31155358.
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    3. Daniel H. Nguyen, Diana J. Laird. Apoptosis in the fetal testis eliminates developmentally defective germ cell clones. 2019 Apr 5; 601013.
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    4. Reznik B, Cincotta SA, Jaszczak RG, Mateo LJ, Shen J, Cao M, Baskin L, Ye P, An W, Laird DJ. Heterogeneity of transposon expression and activation of the repressive network in human fetal germ cells. Development. 2019 Feb 01; 146(12). PMID: 30658985.
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    5. Laird DJ. How to lose your inheritance. Nature. 2018 10; 562(7728):497-498. PMID: 30349122.
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    6. Boris Reznik, Steven A. Cincotta, Rebecca G. Jaszczak, Leslie J. Mateo, Joel Shen, Mei Cao, Laurence Bascin, Ping Ye, Wenfeng An, Diana Laird. Heterogeneity of transposon expression and activation of the repressive network in human fetal germ cells. 2018 Jul 7; 364315.
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    7. Susman MW, Karuna EP, Kunz RC, Gujral TS, Cantú AV, Choi SS, Jong BY, Okada K, Scales MK, Hum J, Hu LS, Kirschner MW, Nishinakamura R, Yamada S, Laird DJ, Jao LE, Gygi SP, Greenberg ME, Ho HH. Kinesin superfamily protein Kif26b links Wnt5a-Ror signaling to the control of cell and tissue behaviors in vertebrates. Elife. 2017 09 08; 6. PMID: 28885975.
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    8. Cantú AV, Laird DJ. A pilgrim's progress: Seeking meaning in primordial germ cell migration. Stem Cell Res. 2017 10; 24:181-187. PMID: 28754603.
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    9. Whitaker AT, Berthet E, Cantu A, Laird DJ, Alliston T. Smad4 regulates growth plate matrix production and chondrocyte polarity. Biol Open. 2017 Mar 15; 6(3):358-364. PMID: 28167493.
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    10. Curtis A, Li DJ, DeVeale B, Onishi K, Kim MY, Blelloch R, Laird DJ, Hui EE. Patterning of sharp cellular interfaces with a reconfigurable elastic substrate. Integr Biol (Camb). 2017 01 23; 9(1):50-57. PMID: 28001149.
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    11. Arora R, Fries A, Oelerich K, Marchuk K, Sabeur K, Giudice LC, Laird DJ. Insights from imaging the implanting embryo and the uterine environment in three dimensions. Development. 2016 12 15; 143(24):4749-4754. PMID: 27836961.
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    12. Arora R, Laird DJ. ROR2 in the adult mouse testis. Mol Reprod Dev. 2016 11; 83(11):943. PMID: 27696582.
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    13. Cantú AV, Altshuler-Keylin S, Laird DJ. Discrete somatic niches coordinate proliferation and migration of primordial germ cells via Wnt signaling. J Cell Biol. 2016 07 18; 214(2):215-29. PMID: 27402951.
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    14. Arora R, Abby E, Ross AD, Cantu AV, Kissner MD, Castro V, Ho HY, Livera G, Laird DJ. Meiotic onset is reliant on spatial distribution but independent of germ cell number in the mouse ovary. J Cell Sci. 2016 07 01; 129(13):2493-9. PMID: 27199373.
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    15. Tran ND, Kissner M, Subramanyam D, Parchem RJ, Laird DJ, Blelloch RH. A miR-372/let-7 Axis Regulates Human Germ Versus Somatic Cell Fates. Stem Cells. 2016 07; 34(7):1985-91. PMID: 27066911.
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    16. Joao P. Sousa Martins, Xueqing Liu, Ashwini Oke, Ripla Arora, Federica Franciosi, Stephan Viville, Diana J. Laird, Jennifer C. Fung, Marco Conti. DAZL and CPEB1 regulate mRNA translation synergistically during oocyte maturation. 2016 Apr 1; 143(7):e1.2-e1.2.
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    17. Sousa Martins JP, Liu X, Oke A, Arora R, Franciosi F, Viville S, Laird DJ, Fung JC, Conti M. DAZL and CPEB1 regulate mRNA translation synergistically during oocyte maturation. J Cell Sci. 2016 Mar 15; 129(6):1271-82. PMID: 26826184.
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    18. Chen JC, Hoffman JR, Arora R, Perrone LA, Gonzalez-Gomez CJ, Vo KC, Laird DJ, Irwin JC, Giudice LC. Cryopreservation and recovery of human endometrial epithelial cells with high viability, purity, and functional fidelity. Fertil Steril. 2016 Feb; 105(2):501-10.e1. PMID: 26515378.
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    19. Faire M, Skillern A, Arora R, Nguyen DH, Wang J, Chamberlain C, German MS, Fung JC, Laird DJ. Follicle dynamics and global organization in the intact mouse ovary. Dev Biol. 2015 Jul 01; 403(1):69-79. PMID: 25889274.
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    20. Arora R, Altman E, Tran ND, Laird DJ. Novel domains of expression for orphan receptor tyrosine kinase Ror2 in the human and mouse reproductive system. Dev Dyn. 2014 Aug; 243(8):1037-45. PMID: 24753105.
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    21. Cantú AV, Laird DJ. Wnt and Bmp fit germ cells to a T. Dev Cell. 2013 Dec 09; 27(5):485-7. PMID: 24331924.
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    22. Blaschke K, Ebata KT, Karimi MM, Zepeda-Martínez JA, Goyal P, Mahapatra S, Tam A, Laird DJ, Hirst M, Rao A, Lorincz MC, Ramalho-Santos M. Vitamin C induces Tet-dependent DNA demethylation and a blastocyst-like state in ES cells. Nature. 2013 Aug 08; 500(7461):222-6. PMID: 23812591.
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    23. Laird DJ. Humans put their eggs in more than one basket. Nat Cell Biol. 2013 Jan; 15(1):13-5. PMID: 23263370.
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    24. Chen L, Faire M, Kissner MD, Laird DJ. Primordial germ cells and gastrointestinal stromal tumors respond distinctly to a cKit overactivating allele. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Jan 15; 22(2):313-27. PMID: 23077213.
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    25. N.D. Tran, M. Kissner, D. Laird, R. Blelloch. miR-372/let-7 axis regulates human primordial germ cell specification. 2012 Sep 1; 98(3):s19.
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    26. Laird DJ, Altshuler-Keylin S, Kissner MD, Zhou X, Anderson KV. Ror2 enhances polarity and directional migration of primordial germ cells. PLoS Genet. 2011 Dec; 7(12):e1002428. PMID: 22216013.
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    27. N.D. Tran, D. Laird, M. Kissner, M. Conti, R. Blelloch. Lin28-let7-Blimp1 Circuitry regulates human primordial germ cells (hPGC) development from human embryonic stem cells (hESC). 2011 Sep 1; 96(3):s104.
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    28. N.D. Tran, D. Laird, M. Kissner, D. Supramanyam, M. Conti, R. Blelloch. Establishment and characterization of human germ cells derived from embryonic stem cells (hESCs). 2010 Sep 1; 94(4):s7-s8.
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    29. Espejel S, Roll GR, McLaughlin KJ, Lee AY, Zhang JY, Laird DJ, Okita K, Yamanaka S, Willenbring H. Induced pluripotent stem cell-derived hepatocytes have the functional and proliferative capabilities needed for liver regeneration in mice. J Clin Invest. 2010 Sep; 120(9):3120-6. PMID: 20739754.
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    30. Laird DJ, von Andrian UH, Wagers AJ. Stem cell trafficking in tissue development, growth, and disease. Cell. 2008 Feb 22; 132(4):612-30. PMID: 18295579.
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    31. Laird DJ, De Tomaso AW, Weissman IL. Stem cells are units of natural selection in a colonial ascidian. Cell. 2005 Dec 29; 123(7):1351-60. PMID: 16377573.
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    32. Laird DJ, Chang WT, Weissman IL, Lauzon RJ. Identification of a novel gene involved in asexual organogenesis in the budding ascidian Botryllus schlosseri. Dev Dyn. 2005 Dec; 234(4):997-1005. PMID: 16193502.
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    33. Laird DJ, De Tomaso AW. Predatory stem cells in the non-zebrafish chordate, Botryllus schlosseri. Zebrafish. 2005; 1(4):357-61. PMID: 18248214.
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    34. Laird DJ, Weissman IL. Telomerase maintained in self-renewing tissues during serial regeneration of the urochordate Botryllus schlosseri. Dev Biol. 2004 Sep 15; 273(2):185-94. PMID: 15328006.
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    35. Laird DJ, Weissman IL. Continuous development precludes radioprotection in a colonial ascidian. Dev Comp Immunol. 2004 Mar; 28(3):201-9. PMID: 14642887.
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    36. Laird DJ, De Tomaso AW, Cooper MD, Weissman IL. 50 million years of chordate evolution: seeking the origins of adaptive immunity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2000 Jun 20; 97(13):6924-6. PMID: 10860947.
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