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Posted by on October 20th, 2017

The O’Brien Lab ( is part of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Our goal is to uncover the ongoing dialog that adult stem cells have with the tissues they support, and understand how this dialog happens on the molecular and cellular levels. We use a simple invertebrate[…]

Glia lead the way for pioneers to build the brain neuropil in C. elegans

Posted by on October 20th, 2017

It’s all about the wires. But what about the glue? Networks make us who we are. I am not talking about social networks but about neural networks that define how we perceive the world and how we act. For a century, neuroscientists have sought to understand functions of neural networks in condition and how such[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Tiling Light Sheet Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy

Posted by on October 20th, 2017

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. David Matus at Stony Brook University to investigate symbiotic and developmental processes with Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy. We have recently received funding for three years of postdoctoral support to develop protocols for extensive in vitro and in vivo imaging of cell invasion processes with a[…]

Guidelines for morpholino use in zebrafish

Posted by on October 20th, 2017

If you work with zebrafish or Morpholinos, please read this. Guidelines for morpholino use in zebrafish. Stainier DYR, Raz E, Lawson ND, Ekker SC, Burdine RD, Eisen JS, Ingham PW, Schulte-Merker S, Yelon D, Weinstein BM, Mullins MC, Wilson SW, Ramakrishnan L, Amacher SL, Neuhauss SCF, Meng A, Mochizuki N, Panula P, Moens CB. PLoS[…]

4 Yr PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms (University of Cambridge)

Posted by on October 20th, 2017

Applications are open for the Wellcome Trust funded four year PhD programme in Developmental Mechanisms at the University of Cambridge.  We are looking for talented, motivated graduates or final year undergraduates, and are keen to attract outstanding applicants in the biological sciences, who are committed to doing a PhD.  We are able to fund both[…]

The right information

Posted by on October 19th, 2017

Oscar H. Ocaña and M. Angela Nieto Comment on “A right-handed signalling pathway drives heart looping in vertebrates”. Nature 549, 86-90 (2017).   A fundamental aspect of vertebrates is their external bilateral symmetry, which has to some extent shaped evolutionary success. Not only is beauty associated with symmetry, enhancing an individual’s chance of mating but[…]

Lab technicians in Human Pluripotent Stem Cell-based Cell Therapy in Type 1 Diabetes

Posted by on October 19th, 2017

The goal of this project is to engineer therapeutically active islet-like aggregates for future cell therapy phase 1 trials in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) Job description  The laboratory technicians will be responsible for the maintenance of the human pluripotent stem cell (hPSC) lab. The work will include expansion of human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem[…]

The people behind the papers – Sabrina Jan, Tinke Vormer, Sjoerd Repping and Ans MM van Pelt

Posted by on October 18th, 2017

During spermatogenesis, progenitor cells must undergo tightly regulated changes to produce functional gametes. However, the genetic control of this process in humans has eluded researchers. This week we feature a paper published in the latest issue of Development that describes the changing genetic expression of cell during spermatogenesis. The co-first authors Sabrina Jan and Tinke[…]

Copenhagen Bioscience PhD: Application for 2018 is open

Posted by on October 18th, 2017

The CPH Bioscience PhD programme is designed for international talents to come to Denmark and start their research careers at one of the NNF Research Centers. The Copenhagen Bioscience PhD programme recruits up to 16 motivated international students annually to launch their careers in the vibrant scientific environment of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Research Centers in Copenhagen.[…]

Manchester PhD position on neuronal development, ageing & degeneration

Posted by on October 17th, 2017

The University of Manchester, 2018/19 BBSRC DTP PhD Project Understanding tubulin regulation during neuronal development, ageing and degeneration Axons are slender, up-to-a-meter long, cable-like extensions of neurons which form the nerves and nerve tracts that wire our bodies and brain. These delicate cellular structures have to be maintained for an organism’s life time and are[…]