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“Smells Like Development” – The 73rd Society for Developmental Biology Meeting

Posted by on September 30th, 2014

Hosted in beautiful Seattle, the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) held its 73rd Annual Meeting on the University of Washington campus in (mostly) sunny July. Here researchers from around the world working on different developmental processes and models come together to share their results and learn about advances in the field. SDB is quite generous[…]

USA Tenure Track Faculty Position, University of Chicago, Department of Neurobiology

Posted by on September 30th, 2014

The University of Chicago’s Department of Neurobiology seeks to recruit tenure-track faculty. Appointments can be made at any rank from Assistant Professor to Professor, and in any area of neurobiology. Candidates must have a doctoral degree and at least two years of postdoctoral training. Researchers in molecular/cellular neurobiology or neural development/plasticity are particularly encouraged to apply.[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

Metrics: The Folly of Hoping for X whilst Rewarding Y

Posted by on September 29th, 2014

This is the third of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

The Structure of the Workforce

Posted by on September 25th, 2014

This is the second of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]

Faculty Position in Developmental Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

Posted by on September 25th, 2014

We invite applicants for a tenure-track faculty position in Developmental Biology. We welcome colleagues whose research activities will complement our existing focus areas in neurosensory systems, neurodegeneration, cancer and other diseases, epigenetics or pathogenesis. Potential model systems of interest are mouse, zebrafish, fruit fly or stem cells to study development and disease. The successful applicant[…]

Postdoctoral postions in Systems Stem Cell Biology

Posted by on September 24th, 2014

Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Systems Stem Cell and Developmental Biology (PI Aryeh Warmflash) at Rice University (Lab website) . We use human embryonic stem cells as a model for studying cellular communication, self-organization, and spatial patterning during embryonic development. The lab utilizes a combination of quantitative experimental techniques and mathematical modeling to address fundamental[…]

Towards a synthetic embryo

Posted by on September 24th, 2014

Waddington, whose writings on the epigenetic landscape continue to influence developmental biology to this day, called the developing embryo “the most intriguing object that nature has to offer”(Waddington, 1966). The mechanisms of pattern formation and morphogenesis have fascinated biologists for centuries. One question that is difficult to answer is what are the minimal requirements for[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

How Scientists are Trained

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014

This is the first of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]

When real life becomes equations: Control of Epiblast and Primitive Endoderm specification during mouse preimplantation development.

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014

During mouse preimplantation development, the zygote divides and forms three distinct lineages: one embryonic called the Epiblast (Epi) and two extraembryonic called trophectoderm (TE) and Primitive Endoderm (PrE). The first cell fate decision occurs at the morula stage (from 16-cell to 32-cell) between TE and the Inner Cell Mass (ICM) and the second cell fate[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 19)

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Modelling fate decisions in the early mouse embryo In the early embryo, the first fate decision separates the trophectoderm from the inner cell mass (ICM). Subsequently, the ICM segregates into epiblast (Epi) and primitive endoderm (PrE), but how do cells decide which of these[…]