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Funded PhD projects in Mathematical Modelling of stem cell dynamics at University of Southampton

Posted by on March 8th, 2017

Fully-funded PhD studentships (3 years) for projects in Mathematical/Computational Biology are available at the University of Southampton (Mathematical Sciences). The PhD projects will be supervised by Drs Philip Greulich and Ben MacArthur and will involve mathematical and computational modelling of stem cell dynamics in biological tissues, in particular related to cancer and development. The candidate[…]

Lifemap: a zoomable interface for exploring the entire Tree of Life

Posted by on January 30th, 2017

“Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution” (Dobzansky, 1973). Our knowledge of the evolutionary relationships between all known organisms, the so-called Tree of Life (ToL), is crucial in all fields of biology. Many researchers in evolutionary biology are working on improving the quality and the comprehensiveness of this ToL. This implies[…]

Kicking It Up a Notch: Becoming a Culturally Relevant Science Educator

Posted by on January 19th, 2017

I want to talk about how you can take your science teaching to the next level, where young people, and especially underrepresented young people (people of color, LGBT, immigrants, girls, etc.), find what you’re teaching engaging, relevant to their lives, and which research shows that if done thoughtfully, enables them to achieve a higher level[…]

Advocacy for Developmental Biology

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

To promote Developmental Biology, we should have our elevator pitches ready at all times – whenever there is an opportunity to talk about our discipline – be it to the public, students, fellow scientists or policy makers. This is a first attempt at providing a concise rationale and ideas that can be woven into such[…]

eLearning at eMouseAtlas

Posted by on November 24th, 2016

A new eLearning resource that provides short and interactive vignettes in embryo (primarily vertebrate) development, from gametogenesis through to organogenesis, is available from the eMouseAtlas1,2 website (www.emouseatlas.org). The current eLearning content are the tutorials produced by Professor José García Monterde of the University of Córdoba, and the presentation from collaboration between Professor Monterde and the[…]

The Biology of Regenerative Medicine – registration opening soon

Posted by on November 16th, 2016

The aim of the third conference in this series is to understand the biology that underpins the success or failure of regenerative processes. We will explore the relationship between stem cell biology and regenerative biology so that both can be fully exploited to treat disease. This meeting will bring together scientists and clinicians interested in[…]

#BarBarPlots!

Posted by on August 31st, 2016

(or: how to avoid misleading representations of statistical data)   Recently, a kickstarter project raised more than 3000€ in one month to campaign for banning the wrong usage of bar plots in scientific journals. This demonstrates two important points: a lot of the plots in scientific journals are quite misleading, and, a growing number of[…]

Exciting news on neural stem cell niches: stunning research from Fiona Doetsch’s lab

Posted by on August 26th, 2016

http://www.cell.com/cell-stem-cell/fulltext/S1934-5909(16)30163-1 Sense & Sensibility: niche signals regulate neural stem cells in an age-dependent manner paper feature by Thomas Schwarz-Romond Tissue specific stem cell niches provide lifelong support for adult stem cells. The cell-biological dissection of (adult neural) stem cell – niche interactions uncovered unexpected regulatory functions. These new results imply that stem cell niches actively[…]

Free webinar | Single-cell RNA-seq and cell heterogeneity in the central nervous system

Posted by on August 17th, 2016

Register here: http://bit.ly/single_cell_rna_seq_webinar  Interested in understanding RNA-seq and its application to the study of oligodendrocyte heterogeneity? Join Dr Gonçalo Castelo-Branco and Dr Amit Zeisel, of the the Department of Medical Biochemistry and Biophysicsat the Karolinska Institutet, as they discuss the latest developments in single cell RNA-seq. Topics covered will include Technology development, applications, and challenges Investigation of[…]

MBL Embryology Course 2016

Posted by on August 1st, 2016

“My dear, here we must run as fast as we can, just to stay in place. And if you wish to go anywhere you must run twice as fast as that.” L. Carroll ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’   We write this while we finish the last experiments for the final Show n’ Tell on[…]