Dr Günes Taylor
researcher, Francis Crick Institute

Dr Günes Taylor is a postdoctoral training fellow at the Francis Crick Institute, where her current research investigates the genes responsible for forming ovaries in female embryos and testes in male embryos. She is fascinated by the intellectual, emotional and ideological relationship that humans have with their genomes, and how this changes with time and biotechnological development.

She originally studied human genetics at the University of Nottingham, and went on to acquire her PhD at the University of Oxford’s Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Her PhD research concerned the genome organisation of a population of stem-cell-like cells present only in embryonic development.

She is an enthusiastic science communicator, and in recent years has debated genome editing and related topics in forums including the Battle of Ideas, Fertility Fest, the Festival of Genomics, FutureFest and Virtual Futures, as well as in the Guardian newspaper’s Science Weekly podcast and in the pages of New Scientist magazine.

Follow Günes on Twitter: @GunesTaylor


Sunday 14 October, 16:00 Frobisher Auditorium 2
Transhumanism: who wants to live forever?