Julia Serano

Julia Serano

Doctor of Philosophy

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Introduction
My primary research interests these days are in the fields of Gender Studies, Queer/LGBTQ+ Studies, Sociology, and Human Sexuality – I have authored three books and penned numerous articles related to these subjects. My formal training was in the fields of Evolution, Developmental Biology, and Genetics – I carried out my graduate work at Columbia University, then worked for 17+ years as a post-doc and research specialist in the Molecular & Cell Biology Department at UC Berkeley.

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It is generally accepted within psychology and among trans health providers that transgender people who transition do so because they have a gender identity that is incongruent with their birth-assigned sex, and distinct from their sexual orientation. In contradiction to this standard model, the theory of autogynephilia posits that transgender wome...
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Hox genes play crucial roles in establishing regional identity along the anterior–posterior axis in bila-terian animals, and have been implicated in generating morphological diversity throughout evolution. Here we report the identification, expression, and initial genomic characterization of the complete set of Hox genes from the amphipod crustacea...
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Crustaceans possess a diverse array of specialized limbs. Although shifts in Hox gene expression domains have been postulated to play a role in generating this limb diversity, little functional data have been provided to understand the precise roles of Hox genes during crustacean development. We used a combination of CRISPR/Cas9-targeted mutagenesi...
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Autogynephilia is a paraphilic model that states that all male-to-female (MtF) transsexuals who are not exclusively attracted toward men are instead sexually oriented toward the thought or image of themselves as a woman. The assertion that transsexual women are sexually motivated in their transitions challenges the standard model of transsexualism—...
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Crustaceans possess remarkably diverse appendages, both between segments of a single individual as well as between species. Previous studies in a wide range of crustaceans have demonstrated a correlation between the anterior expression boundary of the homeotic (Hox) gene Ultrabithorax (Ubx) and the location and number of specialized thoracic feedin...
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Changes in the expression of Hox genes have been widely linked to the evolution of animal body plans, but functional demonstrations of this relationship have been impeded by the lack of suitable model organisms. A classic case study involves the repeated evolution of specialized feeding appendages, called maxillipeds, from anterior thoracic legs, i...
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The vertebrate synaptotagmin-like protein granuphilin binds to the vesicle-trafficking proteins Rab27a and Munc18 and can modulate exocytosis of insulin-containing secretory granules in pancreatic beta cell lines. Here, we report the molecular and genetic characterization of bitesize, a granuphilin homolog and the only Drosophila synaptotagmin-like...
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The matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) family is heavily implicated in many diseases, including cancer. The developmental functions of these genes are not clear, however, because the >20 mammalian MMPs can be functionally redundant. Drosophila melanogaster has only two MMPs, which are expressed in embryos in distinct patterns. We created mutations in b...

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Projects (2)
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My previous efforts toward understanding developmental biology and its underlying genetic pathways , primarily in the model organisms Drosophila melanogaster and Parhyale hawaiensis.
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This work considers (from various angles) how gender and sexuality arise in human beings, how social norms and categories shape our understanding (or misunderstandings) of these traits, and how these traits have been historically pathologized and stigmatized in our culture.