Carole LaBonne is a leader in neural crest cell research who has made groundbreaking discoveries using Xenopus as a model system, including
uncovering parallels to embryonic stems cells that have provided novel insights into the evolution of vertebrates. Dr. LaBonne is the Erastus
O. Haven Professor of Life Sciences, and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biosciences at Northwestern University.
John Wallingford is renowned for taking system-based approaches using Xenopus that link gene expression and protein function to discrete cell
biological processes in developing embryos, to explore the basis of human developmental disorders. Dr. Wallingford is the William and Gwyn
Shive Endowed Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Texas, Austin.