An Advisory Council composed of leaders in the field from all over the world reviews, identifies, and recommends the most promising grant applications based on quality of science, impact and alignment with the Consortium’s goals. 

More details about the GCRLE Grant Review Process:

We follow strict protocols to ensure transparent, fair, and unbiased outcomes:

  • Applications are scored by the independent Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) based on the quality of science, impact and alignment with the Consortium’s goals.
  • To reduce implicit gender and institution biases, we implemented an innovative initial blind review step in which SAC members scored each application solely based on scientific merit without any identifying information, followed by a full unblind review.
  • Final application scores are then reviewed and discussed by all committee members during an in-person video meeting and top applications unanimously voted for funding.
  • Scientific Advisory Committee members are recused from reviewing or participating in discussion of any applications with conflicts of interest, and cannot review grant mechanisms for which they themselves, or their lab members, applied. Buck Institute employees may apply for grants but receive no special consideration in the review process.

GCRLE Scientific Advisory Council members

Marcelle Cedars, MD

Professor, Ob/Gyn & Reproductive Sciences
Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology
Director, Center for Reproductive Science, University of California, San Francisco


Francesca Duncan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Ob/Gyn, Northwestern University
Executive Director, Center for Reproductive Science, Northwestern University
Member, Center for Reproductive Longevity & Equality, Buck Institute


Jennifer Garrison, PhD

Assistant Professor, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Faculty Director, Global Consortium for Female Reproductive Longevity and Equality, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Department of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology, University of California, San Francisco
Assistant Adjunct Professor, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California


Marcia Haigis, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School


Bluma Lesch, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Genetics, Yale School of Medicine


Coleen Murphy, PhD

Professor of Genomics and Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Richard B. Fisher Preceptor in Integrative Genomics
Professor, Molecular Biology & the Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics
Director of Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for Aging Research, Princeton University


Mitinori Saitou, MD, PhD

Professor, Anatomy & Cell Biology, Kyoto University


Melina Schuh, PhD

Director, Department of Meiosis, Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry


Yousin Suh, PhD

Charles and Marie Robertson of Reproductive Sciences in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Professor of Genetics and Development
Director of Reproductive Aging in Obstetrics and Gynecology, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons
Columbia University


Zhongwei Huang, PhD, MRCOG

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Physiology
National University of Singapore

GCRLE Scientific Advisory Council Emeritus Members

Yap-Seng Chong, MD

Lien Ying Chow Professor in Medicine
Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore


Allan C. Spradling, PhD

Director Emeritus, Department of Embryology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Staff Member, Department of Embryology
Carnegie Institution for Science