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About the Lab

The Gender-Based Biology and Precision Medicine research group explores the impact of genetic changes on human development in health and disease. Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D., and his team members have a long-standing interest in the genetics of sexual development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of gonad development, as well as on the genetic determinants of brain sexual differentiation, including sexual orientation and gender identity. Together, they have identified a large number of mutations in sex-determining genes and developed animal models with atypical sexual development. The team has published extensively in the fields of genetics and endocrinology and is also active in the field of global health.