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Assistant Professor of Cell, Developmental, and Regenerative Biology. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City

Posted by on August 21st, 2017

The Department of Cell, Developmental, and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai ( invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek highly interactive candidates whose research interests will complement and enhance those of the department, which include basic cell biology, developmental biology, stem cells, and tissue[…]

Research Technician, Marsden Lab, NC State University

Posted by on August 20th, 2017

The Marsden Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking a full-time Research Assistant/Lab Manager. The successful applicant will facilitate the lab’s day-to-day operations, participate in training undergraduate and graduate students, and engage in research projects focused on understanding the genetic and neural circuit basis of behavior.  This is[…]

See for yourCelLf

Posted by on August 18th, 2017

See for yourCelLf “Forget the textbook picture” is what I proclaim when I teach master students in a course on Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy. Although the textbook is a fantastic resource for teaching, it largely fails to convey the complexity of cells, including their size, dynamics and structure. To fully appreciate the intricacies of[…]

2nd International FishMed Conference on Zebrafish Research (FishMed2018)

Posted by on August 18th, 2017

Dear Researchers, it is our great pleasure to announce the 2nd International FishMed Conference on Zebrafish Research (FishMed2018), which will be held on March 25-27, 2018 at the International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw (IIMCB), Poland. We organize this event to share with you the most recent knowledge and developments in zebrafish research[…]

An interview with Jenny Nichols

Posted by on August 17th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens originally appeared in Development, Volume 143, Issue 16. Jennifer Nichols is a Principal Investigator at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her lab works on lineage segregation and the establishment of pluripotency in the mammalian embryo. In 2017 she was[…]

The people behind the papers: Alaa Hachem and John Parrington

Posted by on August 16th, 2017

Embryogenesis begins with fertilisation, and defective activation of the egg by the sperm is implicated in human infertility. Today’s paper, published in the most recent issue of Development, investigates the role of the sperm protein PLCζ in egg activation and the calcium oscillations that accompany it. We caught up with co-first author Alaa Hachem and his[…]

On Growth and Form centenary conference

Posted by on August 15th, 2017

The full programme and booking information for the On Growth and Form 100 conference are now online at The three-day conference takes place in the University of Dundee and the University of St Andrews on 13-15 October and features speakers from around the world, exploring the many aspects and influences of D’Arcy Thompson’s landmark[…]

In Development this Week (Vol. 144, Issue 15)

Posted by on August 15th, 2017

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   PLCζ ‘waves in’ mammalian oocyte activation At fertilisation, fusion of the sperm with the oocyte activates a slew of downstream processes to kick-start embryogenesis. This ‘oocyte activation’ event induces the cortical reaction to prevent polyspermy, triggers oocyte metabolic and DNA synthesis pathways, and reactivates meiosis. In[…]

Baby cichlids working out their jaws

Posted by on August 14th, 2017

I joined Dr. Craig Albertson’s lab as a graduate student in 2009, where I quickly became fascinated by these cute cichlid fishes. They’re colorful, they breed their young in the mouth, and some of them have funny looking faces like this blue mbuna (Labeotropheus fuelleborni):     My research started on the genetic control of[…]

Biocurator position at Xenbase

Posted by on August 9th, 2017

Curator position at Xenbase, the Xenopus Model Organism database Xenbase ( is the Xenopus bioinformatics and genomics resource. Xenopus is a major model for fundamental cell and developmental biology and a model for human disease. Xenbase is a totally free, and globally accessible database, used by Xenopus researchers worldwide, and is funded by the National[…]