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BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (13)

Posted by on October 30th, 2017

Established  by the British Society for Developmental Biology in 2014, The Gurdon/The Company of Biologists Summer Studentship scheme provides financial support to allow highly motivated undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in practical research during their summer vacation. Each year, ten successful applicants spend eight weeks in the research laboratories of their choices, and the feedback[…]

A glimpse of a dynamic cell fate decision

Posted by on October 27th, 2017

Andras Paldi, Daniel Stockholm, Alice Moussy How do phenotypic differences between cells of the same clonal origin emerge? How exactly does the transition between the initial and final phenotypes occur? What happens in the cell during the transition? When there are two or more options, how is the choice made between them? How long does[…]

PhD Advice From the Twitter Hive Mind

Posted by on October 26th, 2017

Doing a PhD is tough, the data from surveys supports that. However it is not insurmountable, and here we have a collection of some guidance from the Twitter community.  Let us know in the comments if you have any thoughts to add.   [View the story “PhD Survival” on Storify]   (No Ratings Yet) Loading…

Glia lead the way for pioneers to build the brain neuropil in C. elegans

Posted by on October 20th, 2017

It’s all about the wires. But what about the glue? Networks make us who we are. I am not talking about social networks but about neural networks that define how we perceive the world and how we act. For a century, neuroscientists have sought to understand functions of neural networks in condition and how such[…]

Switch the career after PhD

Posted by on October 16th, 2017

Dear Colleagues, I am PhD graduate in Biotechnology focusing on Insect Molecular Biology and Plant Virology. After completion of my PhD in Agriculture sector, I would like to switch my career to medical sciences or advance biotech tools like studies in stem cells, or CRISPR. Should I repeat PhD in medical sciences or is there[…]

A 10-Step “Protocol” for Antibody Search

Posted by on October 12th, 2017

I remember when I first started grad school. I was pumped about my project, examining the signaling and physiological role of a novel dopamine receptor complex. We had experienced research associates, state-of-the-art equipment, and bold hypotheses. I was ready to take the first step on the road of biomedical discoveries. Then I faced my first[…]

Why Independent Antibody Reviews? 5 Problems They Overcome to Facilitate Rigor & Reproducibility

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

  In the internet age, what’s the first thing you do before spending money on anything? Right: Go online and read reviews. Well, the same behavior applies with buying antibodies. We look to publications like “reviews,” to ensure antibodies have produced reliable data in similar experimental contexts.   While sifting through publications is the gold standard for finding[…]

“Skype a Scientist” – 30 minutes well spent

Posted by on September 26th, 2017

I recently participated in “Skype a Scientist” – a program self-described as one that “matches scientists with classrooms” and “give(s) students the opportunity to get to know a ‘real scientist’”. Pretty accurate. Basically, if a scientist signs up, she will be matched with a k-12 classroom somewhere around the world. After some coordination with the[…]

A case for beer – or – what a density gradient medium can do for your microscopy.

Posted by on September 21st, 2017

Our paper, like so many scientific findings, was brought about by a beer – or more specifically a discussion over a beer.   “I had a beer with David (Drechsel)” Jochen (Rink) said to me after one of our weekly scientific social events at the MPI-CBG. Over their beers they had discussed the challenges we[…]

Gordon Research Conference- Developmental Biology 25th-30th June, 2017

Posted by on July 9th, 2017

As any early career researcher will know, attending your first big scientific meeting is a memorable event in your academic life. Last week, I was lucky enough to attend the Gordon Research Conference in Developmental Biology, held in sleepy South Hadley, two hours outside Boston, Massachusetts. For anyone who wasn’t local, the two hour drive[…]