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Learning to Inject Platynereis Embryos

Posted by on March 31st, 2014

Hello!  My name is Maggie Pruitt and I am a postdoc in Dr. Stephan Schneider’s laboratory at Iowa State University.  At the beginning of this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Dr. Detlev Arendt’s laboratory at EMBL in Heidelberg, Germany for two weeks.  This experience was possible due to a Development Travelling Fellowship[…]

Planarians…the key to regenerative medicine?

Posted by on March 31st, 2014

  Of all the animal models used in biology, the freshwater planarian flatworm is one of the most fascinating: first because roughly 10% of all planarian cells are stem cells, second because these worms can regenerate from almost any injury. This ability to regenerate entire organs (including their own heads!) makes them very popular for[…]

Mapping the Embryo for Developmental Biologists & Stem Cell Researchers; LifeMap Discovery® – a Roadmap of Mammalian Cell Ontology

Posted by on March 30th, 2014

Understanding how cells differentiate during embryonic development is invaluable for the in vitro derivation of functional cells from stem cells. However, mapping the human embryo, including characterization of all the cell types that make up the developing and mature human body, and of all embryonic progenitor cell types that appear in intermediate developmental stages, is[…]

Interview with BSDB poster winner Zarah Löf-Öhlin

Posted by on March 26th, 2014

Last year we interviewed Kara Nordin, who won the SDB poster prize at the ISDB meeting in Cancun. Kara’s prize was to travel to Warwick to attend this year’s BSCB/BSDB Spring meeting. Continuing the interview chain, Kara interviewed Zarah Löf-Öhlin, who won the BSDB poster prize there. As a prize, Zarah will be attending the[…]

Lecturership positions at Monash University, Australia

Posted by on March 26th, 2014

Below are links to  two positions available at Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, within the School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University, Clayton campus, Australia   Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Anatomy – Education Focussed) http://jobs.monash.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=522377&lWorkTypeID=&lLocationID=&lCategoryID=641, 640, 636&lBrandID=&stp=AW&sLanguage=en   Lecturer / Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor – Developmental Biology http://jobs.monash.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=522375&lWorkTypeID=&lLocationID=&lCategoryID=641, 640, 636&lBrandID=&stp=AW&sLanguage=en   — Dr Megan Wilson, ANZSCDB[…]

Get that out of my eye!

Posted by on March 24th, 2014

This is the first of several Node Posts that the Developmental Neurobiology Seminar Class at Reed College in Portland, Oregon (USA) will be posting. Each week, 12 advanced undergraduate students and one professor get together to discuss a concept and paper related to developmental of the visual system. Some of the papers spark a lot[…]

PhD studentship investigating Somitogenesis on a Chip

Posted by on March 24th, 2014

Organisation: College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee   Supervisors: Dr Kim Dale and Dr Philip Murray   Studentship starting: 1st October 2014   BBSRC EASTBIO Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Studentship The BBSRC East of Scotland Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership provides training for postgraduates with diverse background (including biosciences, physical sciences, mathematics) to address biological[…]

BSDB Gurdon Studentships for Summer Vacation work

Posted by on March 24th, 2014

  The BSDB Gurdon Studentship scheme funds highly motivated undergraduate students to perform developmental biology summer projects in the labs of BSDB members.   Closing date for applications is the 31st March 2014.   Please pass the news on to any keen undergrads who are thinking of doing a PhD in Developmental Biology!   More information: http://bsdb.org/awards/gurdon-studentships-for-summer-vacation-work/[…]

Introducing blogging to future scientists

Posted by on March 23rd, 2014

Science communication using social media is becoming a very popular way of making science more accessible to the public, as well as a way to get your research noticed.  This is true in developmental biology as it is in other fields. Can we use social media for “knowledge translation”, to make the latest in developmental[…]

A study using Drosophila flies reveals new regulatory mechanisms of cell migration

Posted by on March 21st, 2014

A study by Sofia J. Araújo, a Ramón y Cajal researcher with the Morphogenesis in Drosophila lab at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB), elucidates the genetic regulation of cell migration. Published today in the scientific journal Plos One, the research is part of the thesis work performed by Elisenda Butí, first author of[…]