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About: GaryMcD

Biography:
Trained as a chemist, I carried out research on protein biochemistry and structural biochemistry using Xenopus laevis to look at the effects on development of protein stability for my PhD. I did my Bachelors and Masters in the Department of Chemistry, and my PhD in the Department of Oncology, at the University of Cambridge. I am now at Tufts working with Michael Levin on the role of the cytoskeleton in left-right embryonic patterning.
Website:
http://ase.tufts.edu/biology/labs/levin/people/currentMembers.htm

Posts by GaryMcD:

“People in this country have had enough of experts”

Posted by on July 2nd, 2016

I woke up this morning to a Facebook reminder of where I was 5 years ago. I was in Lille, France, on a 2 month sabbatical at Université Lille 1 from my PhD at the University of Cambridge, UK. It was supported by an EU collaborative grant to promote scientific interaction between member states.  […]

Livers in development: YEN USA June Meeting

Posted by on June 28th, 2015

Frontal section image of mouse embryo with liver marker showing two different liver precursor populations invading and migrating into two different liver lobes (Siyeon Rhee). Continuing the effort to bring young developmental biology researchers in the Boston area together, in a similar vein to the Young Embryologist Network in the UK, and following on from our previous[…]

Young Embryologist Network USA: Mouse livers and stem cell fate conversion

Posted by on June 4th, 2015

The next Boston Young Embryologist Network talks event will be held in the Warren Alpert Building at Harvard Medical School Thursday June 18th, 6-8pm. Food and drink will be provided for discussions and mingling! Please register with eventbrite to give an estimate of numbers for food. Short talks will be given by Siyeon Rhee, a graduate[…]

Young Embryologists Meet in Boston

Posted by on May 16th, 2015

Work from Vaibhav Pai showing how manipulation of bioelectrical effects can rescue brain deficiencies caused by the introduction of Notch ICD Trying to meet other young researchers in the Boston area interested in developmental biology can be surprisingly difficult. Despite the high density of scientists in a relatively small area, our day-to-day life exists mostly[…]

Young Embryologist Network USA: Frog brains and mouse hearts

Posted by on May 8th, 2015

The first Boston Young Embryologist Network talks event will be held in the Warren Alpert Building at Harvard Medical School Thursday May 14th, 6-8pm. Food and drink will be provided for discussions and mingling afterwards. Please register with eventbrite to give an estimate of numbers for food. Two postdocs, Vaibhav Pai from Tufts, and Stan[…]

Young Embryologist’s Network Boston – Looking for speakers

Posted by on April 23rd, 2015

The Young Embryologist’s Network is an organization in the UK – you may have seen the recent call for abstracts for the UK annual meeting – that is expanding to Boston! The aim of the first few Boston meetings is to bring together anyone with an interest in embryology and development to hear undergraduates, graduate[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

The Funding of Research

Posted by on October 1st, 2014

This is the last of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

Metrics: The Folly of Hoping for X whilst Rewarding Y

Posted by on September 29th, 2014

This is the third of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

The Structure of the Workforce

Posted by on September 25th, 2014

This is the second of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]

The Future of Research Symposium:

How Scientists are Trained

Posted by on September 23rd, 2014

This is the first of four posts relating to the Future of Research symposium which was announced in a previous blog post. Each of these posts will discuss a topic that is the focus of a workshop at the Symposium. Even if you can’t attend, please tweet @FORsymp with suggestions, or follow us to respond[…]