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Does (brain) size matter?

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Chris Puhl and Rebecca McIntosh   As a part of a team of students from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, Kings College London we commissioned and edited an issue of The Biochemical Society’s magazine, The Biochemist. The issue is entitled ‘What makes us human’ and is a discussion of the evolutionary steps that lead to[…]

Question of the month- “Away from the bench” skills

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Recently, Tomer Stern and Itamar Harel posted on the Node about Graduate Peer Group, a discussion group where graduate students could interact with each other and address the challenges that arise specifically during graduate school. Many of these challenges go beyond research at the bench: how to communicate your research, how to manage relationships in[…]

Computing the worm: artificial intelligence approaches to planarian regeneration and beyond

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Pattern formation and regulation emerges from cellular activity determined by specific biophysical and genetic rules. A major challenge for developmental biology, biomedicine, and synthetic bioengineering is this highly indirect (Lobo et al., 2014b) relationship between the rules that govern processes at the lower scales, and the anatomical outcomes observed at the macroscopic scale. It is[…]

PhD positions in Quantitative Stem Cell Biology in Dortmund

Posted by on October 30th, 2015

Two PhD positions in the area of quantitative stem cell biology are available in the laboratory of Christian Schroeter, starting in spring 2016 at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Physiology in Dortmund, Germany. The aim of our research is to understand how pluripotent stem cells receive, process and integrate signals to take lineage decisions. Now[…]

Postdoctoral candidates in cell and developmental biology at the gene regulation and morphogenesis department

Posted by on October 29th, 2015

In the frame of the 2016 “Juan de la Cierva” Call, a postdoctoral research post is available in Juan R. Martinez-Morales laboratory. (www.cabd.es). CABD (UPO/CSIC). National Research Council. Seville. Spain. The research project focuses on the morphogenesis of the optic cup as an epithelial model to identify key effector genes that determine cell and tissue[…]

Graduate Peer Group: How to Lead When You Are Not in Charge

Posted by on October 29th, 2015

Itamar Harel¹* and Tomer Stern²* ¹ Department of Biological Regulation, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel Present address: Department of Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305, USA ² Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, 76100, Israel * Correspondence: itamarharel1980@gmail.com (IH), tomer.stern@weizmann.ac.il (TS) – Starting early: How can we make more out of graduate school? In[…]

On the scaling of the skeletal system

Posted by on October 28th, 2015

By Tomer Stern, the skeletal development laboratory of Prof. Elazar Zelzer, Department of Molecular Genetics, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel.   Proper shape-size relation is essential for the function of all organs and organisms. Thus, one of the key challenges shared by developing organs is the adjustment of physical dimensions to the massively growing body,[…]

New intern at the Node!

Posted by on October 27th, 2015

Hello readers of the Node! My name is Helena, and for the next few months I’ll be helping to run the Node, while Cat concentrates on other projects to make the Node even better! I am Spanish, but I moved to the UK five years ago to study Biochemistry. I am currently doing my PhD[…]

A day in the life of a siphonophore lab

Posted by on October 27th, 2015

I’m Cat Munro, a third year PhD Candidate in Casey Dunn’s lab at Brown University. The Dunn lab has an even split of lab members that work on the evolution, development, and systematics of siphonophores, and members that focus on building tools and phylogenetic methods, with an eye to understanding the relationships at the base[…]

On a quest to understand what has made us human – A special edition of The Biochemist

Posted by on October 27th, 2015

As developmental biologists, we are fascinated by the ability of an organism to become, from a single fertilised egg, a fully functional individual. However, as human beings we are equally curious about how the Homo sapiens species arose and became different to all other animals on the planet. As a group of students from the Centre for[…]