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Postdoctoral position in chromatin and epigenetic control of Drosophila development

Posted by on June 30th, 2016

Stockholm University, Sweden, invites applications for one postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Mattias Mannervik at the Department of Molecular Biosciences, The Wenner-Gren Institute (http://www.su.se/mbw). The position is scheduled to start as soon as possible.   Transcriptional coregulators are proteins that facilitate communication between transcription factors and the basal transcription apparatus, in part by[…]

Questions of the Month – After the Referendum

Posted by on June 30th, 2016

On the 23rd of June the United Kingdom held a referendum on whether to remain a member of the European Union or to leave. Prior to the vote, Nature reported that 83% of nearly 2000 polled scientists favoured remaining, and letters from Royal Society members and Nobel Prize winners urged the public to vote to remain in the interests of[…]

After the Referendum: Links

Posted by on June 30th, 2016

To complement our Questions of the Month, we’ve brought together some post-referendum science links   News and Comment Nature reported on science’s reaction to the news, on post-ref limbo, bemoaned the lack of a leaving plan in an Editorial, and assessed the mood seven days later. Science  documented the immediate reaction, ran an interview with Anne Glover, former EU science adviser,[…]

YEN does it again

Posted by on June 29th, 2016

Last month saw the return of the Young Embryologist Network annual meeting held this year at the UCL Institute of Child Health. To settle into the long weekend, a number of us from the Briscoe Lab at the Crick Mill Hill site headed on down to central London to spend the day being inspired by[…]

From our sister journals – June 2016

Posted by on June 29th, 2016

Here is some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.   Cartilage development downstream of Notch Notch signalling regulates various aspects of vertebrate cartilage development, and Hilton and colleagues now investigate the role of the Notch effectors HES1 and HES5. These transcription factors suppress chondrogenesis and promote chondrocyte hypertrophy, with some overlapping and[…]

Novel optogenetic probe for in vivo optogenetic control

Posted by on June 28th, 2016

Optogenetics has been widely used in the study of neural activity and behavior. By using genetic tools to target light-sensitive proteins to one or populations of neurons in specific region of brain, we can active those neurons by optical stimulation. The foundation of neuron interaction bases on the ion transmission through the neuron membrane. The[…]

A day in the cleanroom

Posted by on June 28th, 2016

Hello guys, I am a PhD student from University of Strathclyde, UK. My PhD career has two parts: microfabrication and neural recordings. With the help of novel semiconductor fabrication techniques, I can make micro-level devices for neuroscience applications such as neural recordings and optogenetics. The whole fabrication process is done in the cleanroom which can[…]

Post Doctoral Position in Cell and Developmental Biology

Posted by on June 27th, 2016

Post doctoral position available to study the genetic and epigenetic control of stem cell attributes and pluripotency, focusing on the neural crest gene regulatory network (NC-GRN). Neural crest cells are stem cell-like progenitors that migrate extensively and whose genesis was central to the evolution of vertebrates. Misregulation of components of the NC-GRN underlies numerous human[…]

PhD position available at UCL from September 2016 to work on eye development in zebrafish

Posted by on June 27th, 2016

The Fight for Sight charity have provided a three year studentship to Stephen Wilson and Gaia Gestri to support a student to work on the role of the Yap/Taz pathway in the morphogenesis of the eye. The project will use zebrafish as a model and will involve a combination of imaging and molecular genetic approaches[…]

Postdoctoral Training Fellow in Human Embryology and Stem Cell Biology Laboratory

Posted by on June 27th, 2016

CONTEXT   We are seeking a highly motivated and collaborative postdoc in the area of human embryology and stem cell biology to join Dr. Kathy Niakan’s laboratory.   We have identified several transcription factors and components of key signaling pathways that are highly expressed in pluripotent epiblast cells of the developing human embryo. The pluripotent[…]