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Tenure track faculty position in Neurobiology-University of South Carolina

Posted by on September 10th, 2018

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor with a research program in neurobiology. The successful candidate will be expected to establish an independent, extramurally funded research program focusing on cell-cell communication in neural development and/or disease. We are especially interested in[…]

Postdoc position on ageing in the Drosophila nervous system

Posted by on September 6th, 2018

BBSRC funded postdoc position in the laboratory of Natalia Sánchez-Soriano (, to study the cell biology of neuronal ageing and the underlying mechanisms.     On this project you will study the harmful changes that neurons undergo at the subcellular level during ageing, and unravel the cascade of events that cause them. The focus will[…]

This month in preLights – August

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly summary of developmental biology (and related) preLights.   preLighters are early-career researchers who select and highlight preprints which they feel are interesting for the life-science community. While writing highlight posts is mostly an individual effort, plenty of interactions between the preLights team members take place on our Slack channel. This is[…]

Publishing peer review reports

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

Last week, Development and our sister journal Journal of Cell Science signed an open letter coordinated by ASAPbio, signalling our intention to publish peer review reports alongside published papers. I’m really delighted to be making this commitment and wanted to take the opportunity to say a few words about our thinking behind this decision. So[…]

EMBL GROUP LEADER POSITION – Developmental Biology Unit

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

The Developmental Biology Unit seeks to understand the general principles and mechanisms underlying the development of multicellular organisms. Researchers in the unit combine the power of genetic model organisms with quantitative imaging and -omics technologies, synthetic biology, reduced (in vitro) systems and theoretical modelling, to create a cross-cutting approach to modern developmental biology. Research in[…]

The people behind the papers – Jaqueline Kinold & Hermann Aberle

Posted by on September 4th, 2018

Axon guidance relies on the reception and integration of molecular cues from the environment by growth cones, and defective pathfinding results in misplaced projection patterns in the mature nervous system. A new paper in Development investigates this process in the Drosophila neuromucular system, as well as the consequences of axonal miswiring to locomotion. We caught up[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    This month we found a tonne of  papers dealing with various aspects of inheritance in worms, a flush of fly mechanics, and more single cell sequencing than you could shake a stick at. And as summer draws to a close, it’s raining[…]

Cells in Evolutionary Biology

Posted by on September 2nd, 2018

Cells in Evolutionary Biology: Translating Genotypes into Phenotypes – Past, Present, Future 1st Edition Brian K. Hall, Sally A. Moody   This book is the first in a projected series on Evolutionary Cell Biology.—Past/Hall-Moody/p/book/9781498787864 The intent of this book is to demonstrate the essential role of cellular mechanisms in transforming the genotype into the phenotype[…]

The Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on August 30th, 2018

The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on[…]

Postdoctoral Scientist position

Posted by on August 28th, 2018

The laboratory of Dr. Sally A. Moody at the George Washington University (Washington DC, USA; seeks a beginning Postdoctoral Scientist to study the genetic underpinnings of craniofacial birth defects using Xenopus and mouse. Qualifications include: Ph.D. in biological or biomedical science; experience in developmental biology and genetics and/or biochemical and molecular biology techniques. Interested applicants[…]