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It’s alive! But what is it?

Posted by on July 5th, 2018

Iain Martyn & Tatiane Kanno share their experiences of the discovery of the human organizer   “It’s alive!”     Iain’s first impressions   “Hybrid human chicken embryos: HALF HUMAN – HALF CHICKEN abomination created in US lab” was my favourite headline reporting on our work1.  While the headline and accompanying article managed to miss the[…]

June in preprints

Posted by on July 4th, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related) preprints! This month we found a tranche of preprints getting deep into the mechanics of fly development, a clutch on organoids (retinal, cerebral, cortical!), an investigation into the role of gender in scientific collaboration, and a veritable zoo in our evo-devo section – from[…]

PhD studentship on hypothalamus self-assembly

Posted by on July 3rd, 2018

Applications are invited for a four-year funded PhD studentship to conduct research in developmental neurobiology under the supervision of Dr Alexander Fletcher and Prof. Marysia Placzek at the University of Sheffield.   This project is on the development of the hypothalamus, a brain structure with very similar anatomy across vertebrate species. We know that the hypothalamus[…]

Postdoc Position in Gene Regulation and Nuclear Organization at NIH

Posted by on July 3rd, 2018

Unit on Genome Structure and Regulation We are at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at NIH. Our lab is interested in understanding cell lineage differentiation, gene regulation and how non-coding DNA elements and the 3D architecture of chromosomes contribute to these processes during early mouse development. Learn more at[…]

Engineer position in cell biology and biomaterials (IBDM, Marseille, France)

Posted by on July 3rd, 2018

An engineer position in cell biology and biomaterials is available starting from September 2018 in the group of André Le Bivic, at the Institute of Biology of Development of Marseille (IBDM), France. The project aims at understanding the impact of extracellular matrix stiffness on the development of human colon organoids, and in particular on the[…]

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[…]