A Scientific 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. We include a blinded step in our grant review process to reduce implicit gender and institution biases.

Details about the GCRLE Grant Review Process:

The 2020 grant review process followed strict protocols to ensure transparent, fair, and unbiased outcomes. Applications were scored by an 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 were 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 were recused from reviewing any applications with self-identified conflicts of interest, and did not review grant mechanisms for which they themselves, or their lab members, applied. Buck Institute Center for Reproductive Longevity and Equality Faculty chose not to apply for funding in the 2020 inaugural grant cycle and instead were invited to participate as SAC members.


Scientific Advisory Council members,
Global Consortium for Reproductive Longevity and Equality

Marcelle Cedars, MD


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

Biography

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

Biography

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

Biography

Marcia Haigis, PhD


Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School

Biography

Bluma Lesch, MD, PhD


Assistant Professor of Genetics, Yale School of Medicine

Biography

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

Biography

Mitinori Saitou, MD, PhD


Professor, Anatomy & Cell Biology, Kyoto University

Biography

Melina Schuh, PhD


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

Biography

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

Biography

Zhongwei Huang, PhD, MRCOG


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

Biography
Scientific Advisory Council Emeritus members
2020 granting cycle

Yap-Seng Chong, MD


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

Biography

Allan C. Spradling, PhD


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

Biography