Liudmila Zhaunova, PhD

Liudmila Zhaunova, PhD

Lead research scientist, Flo Health Inc., Lithuania
Work Experience: 5+ years in reproductive biology research

“As a female scientist, it’s my priority to move cutting-edge women’s health research front and center. The Flo app helps us do just that so we can make important advances in scientific knowledge concerning the menstrual cycle and conditions affecting women."

Career Highlights

  • Member of a working group focused on development of the FIGO Ovulatory Disorders Classification System, 2021
  • Postdoctoral research scientist in reproductive oncology at Universitätsklinikum Bonn in Germany, 2018–2019
    Clinical embryologist at Nuffield Health Hospital, UK, 2017
  • Speaker at many national and international conferences, including Bonner Forum Biomedizin in Hennef, Germany; Ernst Klenk Symposium in Molecular Medicine 2018 in Cologne, Germany; the British Meiosis Meeting in Edinburgh, UK; the Meiosis Gordon Research Сonference in New London, US, and others
  • Conference and workshop organizer at Innovation Forum in Edinburgh, UK, 2016–2017

Education

  • PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 2017
  • Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Belarusian State University, 2013
  • Research internship at the University of Leuven, Belgium, 2012

Featured Publications

  • “Risk factors associated with postpartum depressive symptoms: A multinational study.” Manuscript submitted for publication, 2021.
  • “Premenstrual Symptoms Across the Lifespan in an International Sample: Data from a Mobile Application.” Manuscript submitted for publication, 2021.
  • “Characterization of polycystic ovary syndrome among Flo app users around the world.” Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology, vol. 19, no. 26, 03 Mar 2021, doi: 10.1186/s12958-021-00719-y
  • “SCF-Fbxo43 promotes synaptonemal complex assembly by downregulating PP2A-B56.” Journal of Cell Biology, vol, 220, no. 2, 01 Feb 2021, doi: 10.1083/jcb.202009167
  • “Kdm5/Lid Regulates Chromosome Architecture in Meiotic Prophase I Independently of Its Histone Demethylase Activity.” PLOS Genetics, vol. 12, no. 8, 05 Aug 2016, doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1006241

My Journey in Science

As a child, I was always surprised when someone said to me, “You look like your mum” or “I can't distinguish you from your sister.” I was always wondering why that is so, and this inspired me to get an undergrad degree in biology with a focus on genetics and reproduction. Upon completion of my bachelor’s degree, I continued my scientific career and pursued a PhD studying genes and how they regulate chromosome organization and separation within immature eggs (oocytes).

Following my degree, I helped couples struggling to get pregnant by performing embryo analysis and assisting with treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), intrauterine insemination (IUI), egg collection, and sperm and egg freezing/thawing. There’s no better feeling than helping people achieve their dream of building a family!

During my postdoctoral, I conducted research to understand how germ cell tumors form as embryos develop and led lectures to fifth-year medical bachelor’s degree students and master’s biomedical students.

In my role as Lead Science Advisor at Flo, my main responsibility is to ensure that our app is both medically and scientifically accurate and reflects all the latest advancements in research. I also develop clinical studies using Flo data in addition to external research collaborations with the world’s leading universities and organizations to promote scientific discoveries in the field of women’s health.

I believe that bridging science and technology is the best driver for health innovations, and I’m honored to help advance progress through my work here.

Fun Fact

I’ve always loved the idea of skydiving but have never actually tried it … I prefer to keep that passion in my imagination!

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