Neil Hunter is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of California, Davis, and an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He also holds secondary appointments in the Departments of Molecular & Cellular Biology (College of Biological Sciences) and Cell Biology and Human Anatomy (School of Medicine). Hunter’s research team studies homologous recombination, an essential chromosome repair process that promotes genome integrity and is required for sexual reproduction. His fundamental research in budding yeast is elucidating the molecular mechanisms and regulatory processes that control chromosome exchange to ensure faithful chromosome segregation during meiosis. The highly conserved nature of meiotic recombination makes these discoveries relevant for understanding pathologies of human meiosis that cause infertility, pregnancy miscarriage and congenital disease.