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Research Fellow
Department of Anatomy
Research summary
Evolutionary biology
  • Anatomy Emerging Researchers Group
  • Anatomy Research Committee


I am an evolutionary and comparative biologist with a specific research interest in marsupial reproduction.

My work spans a range of disciplines, including genetics, epigenetics, reproduction, development and evolutionary biology. I'm interested in big picture questions that address how and why biological patterns arise.

I am currently investigating several aspects of marsupial?reproduction, including how immature gametes develop successfully and how adult prostates turn ‘on’ and ‘off’ as part of seasonal breeding. Understanding the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms involved in these phenomena can shed light on the evolutionary processes that have shaped mammalian reproduction.


Bond, D. M., Ortega-Recalde, O., Laird, M. K., Hayakawa, T., Richardson, K. S., Reese, F. C. B., Kyle, B., McIsaac-Williams, B. E., Robertson, B. C., van Heezik, Y., Adams, A. L., … Gemmell, N. J., Alexander, A., & Hore, T. A. (2023). The admixed brushtail possum genome reveals invasion history in New Zealand and novel imprinted genes. Nature Communications, 14, 6364. doi: 10.1038/s41467-023-41784-8 Journal - Research Article

Bond, D. M., Ortega-Recalde, O. J., Laird, M. K., Richardson, K. S., Reese, F. C. B., Alexander, A. M., … Gemmell, N. J., & Hore, T. A. (2022, August-September). Long read sequencing and understanding the genome and biology of the New Zealand Brushtail Possum. Verbal presentation at the 31st Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting (QMB), Queenstown, New Zealand. Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Bond, D. M., Ortega-Recalde, O. J., Laird, M. K., Richardson, K. S., Reese, F. C. B., Alexander, A. M., Adams, A. L., van Heezik, Y., Robertson, B. C., The Vertebrate Genomes Project, Gemmell, N. J., & Hore, T. A. (2021). Sequencing the genome of the New Zealand brushtail possum: A platform for biological discovery and pest control. Proceedings of the Genetics Otago (GO) Annual Symposium. Retrieved from Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Laird, M. K., & Hore, T. A. (2021). Primordial germ cell expression of SSEA1 and DDX4 (VASA) in female Trichosurus vulpecula (Marsupialia) reveals conserved and unique molecular patterns during marsupial germ cell development. Reproduction, Fertility & Development, 33, 189-197. doi: 10.1071/RD20203 Journal - Research Article

Laird, M. K., Hansen, V. L., McAllan, B. M., Murphy, C. R., & Thompson, M. B. (2020). Uterine epithelial remodelling during pregnancy in the marsupial Monodelphis domestica (Didelphidae): Implications for mammalian placental evolution. Journal of Anatomy, 236, 1126-1136. doi: 10.1111/joa.13162 Journal - Research Article

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