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How do pigment cells wander around?

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

The story behind melanocyte BACE2, posted by Yan Zhang and Richard White. You can read our recently published full article at Developmental Cell using this link.   Our story began six years ago when my mentor, Dr. Richard White, opened the zebrafish facility and showed me those swimming creatures. He pointed to one type with pigmented[…]

Adult Neurogenesis 2018: Highlights -By Zubair Ahmed Nizamudeen

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

4WH Neurogenesis: What Where Why When and How? Neurogenesis is understood as the process by which neural stem cells (NSCs) produce new neurons. In the adult mammalian brain, this process is known to persist in two restricted locations- the dentate gyrus (DG) region of the hippocampus (see figure below) and the lateral walls of the[…]

From stem cells to human development: Meeting reporter competition winner!

Posted by on June 29th, 2018

In May we ran a competition to find a meeting reporter for Development’s upcoming meeting on human development and stem cells. We had some wonderful entries from across the field, and are delighted today to announce the winner: Antonio Barral Gil, a PhD student in Miguel Manzanares’ Lab at CNIC (The Spanish Center for Cardiac Research) in[…]

Position open – PhD student or Postdoctoral scholar

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

The López-Schier laboratory at the Helmholtz Zentrum Munich in Germany is seeking creative and highly motivated PhD students or postdoctoral scholars to work within our group of 9 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The working language of the laboratory is English.   Our group focuses on understanding the development, regeneration and function of sensory systems.[…]

Towards understanding the quirks of human brain evolution

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

In early June, a group of 30 world-leading experts came together thanks to an invitation by the Company of Biologists to Wiston House (Sussex, UK) to discuss our current understanding about evolutionary and molecular mechanisms that contributed to developing the specific qualities of our human brains. Fortunately, the Company of Biologists offers fully funded participation[…]

Postdoctoral Fellow (Helsinki, Finland)

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

The University of Helsinki is a leading Nordic university with a strong life science research. The Michon research team (http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/bi/michon) is located in the Institute of Biotechnology (http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/bi/), which is promoting cutting edge research in the biomedical field. Our team is interested in the epithelial cell behaviour in murine cornea and incisor renewal. We are[…]

Embryonic-Extraembryonic Interactions: from Genetics to Environment

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

The BSDB’s Autumn Meeting, to be held in Oxford this September, is the third in a series of international workshops on the extraembryonic-embryonic interface, bringing together researchers that address this topic through a wide array of approaches in diverse research organisms. This diversity of approaches is reflected by the organisers – Kat Hadjantonakis, Kristen Panfilio, Tristan Rodriguez, Susana Chuva[…]

Imaging specialist

Posted by on June 28th, 2018

  A staff research position for an imaging specialist is available in the Parichy lab at University of Virginia. The laboratory focuses on cellular interactions and morphogenetic behaviors, with particular emphasis on post-embryonic neural crest derivatives including pigment cells. The successful applicant will contribute to on-going studies, will have opportunities to design and pursue new[…]

Senior Research Position (Boston, MA)

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

The DRSC/TRiP Functional Genomics Resources in the Perrimon group at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA, is seeking a highly motivated senior-level research technician to join our team. The successful candidate will be responsible for performing molecular biology, cell culture, protein purification, and/or related techniques as part of an overall research program focused on[…]

Blastoid: the backstory of the formation of blastocyst-like structure solely from stem cells.

Posted by on June 27th, 2018

In our recently published paper1, we showed that mouse stem cells self-organize into blastocyst-like structures, that we termed blastoids. Because blastoids can be generated in large numbers, can be finely manipulated, and implant in utero, they are a powerful tool to investigate the principles of pre- and post-implantation development. Here is the backstory of our[…]