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10 PhD Positions at the CRC 1348 “Dynamic Cellular Interfaces: Formation and Function”, Münster, Germany

Posted by on June 11th, 2018

            The Collaborative Research Centre 1348 “Dynamic Cellular Interfaces: Formation and Function” at the University of Münster, Germany, invites applications for   10 PhD Positions (salary level E13 TV-L, 65%) Projects are available from the earliest possible date for three years. Currently, the regular full employment time is 39 hours[…]

Visualizing data with R/ggplot2 – It’s about time

Posted by on May 31st, 2018

The visualization of temporal data by line graphs has been documented and popularized by William Playfair in the 18th century (Aigner et al, 2011; Beniger and Robyn, 1978). Today, time-dependent changes are still depicted by line graphs and ideally accompanied by a measure of uncertainty (Marx, 2013). Below, I provide a ‘walk-through’ for generating such a[…]

Venn, Euler, upset: visualize overlaps in datasets

Posted by on May 25th, 2018

Visualizations for comparing datasets is a topic in all my data viz classes. Current solutions for comparing 2,3, 4 and more datasets are diverse and some are controversial. A one-fits-all solution does not exist, but there are well-working solutions, and some that should be avoided. 1-3 datasets Comparing two or three datasets works well in[…]

Studentship available in Claudio Stern’s lab

Posted by on May 24th, 2018

Primary supervisor: Professor Claudio Stern FMedSci FRS, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University College London Project title: “Dynamics of cell behaviour during somite formation”   A studentship funded by the Anatomical Society is available in Claudio Stern’s lab. The project will study the mechanisms of somite formation, to elucidate the molecular and physical mechanisms[…]

A better bar

Posted by on April 18th, 2018

After leaving the bar, what are we to do? I propose to move on to a better bar (and I hope that you will not be disappointed when you find out that I’m actually referring to an interval). In a previous blog I advocated the transparent presentation and reporting of data in graphs. It was[…]

A tribute to parrots

Posted by on April 5th, 2018

In a previous blog, I have disgraced parrots by associating them with P-values and discrediting them for their mechanic repetition. Nevertheless, I admire the vivid colours of these multifaceted birds. Here, I want to make it up by dedicating a pseudo-colour look-up table (LUT) to parrots. The images produced by fluorescence microscopy are best displayed[…]

A droso4school CPD event for teachers

Posted by on February 20th, 2018

The droso4schools initiative is an educational outreach programme run by the Manchester Fly Facility, which I had the opportunity to be actively involved in during a month-long placement (see my previous blog). The aim of this programme is to re-introduce the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster into school and college biology lessons. For this, the droso4schools[…]

CSHL Mouse Course: my perspective and why you should apply too

Posted by on February 2nd, 2018

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Mouse Development, Stem Cells & Cancer course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is March 15th. If you don’t know much about the course or are on the fence about applying, I want to give you some background about my experiences from 2017, in hopes that I can[…]

Apply for The Company of Biologists Gurdon Summer Studentships

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

The Company of Biologists Gurdon Summer Studentship scheme was initiated by the BSDB in 2014 to provide highly motivated undergraduate students with 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. For the last four years, the quality[…]

The MBL Embryology Course: Questions and Answers

Posted by on January 17th, 2018

The Feburary 1st deadline to apply to the Embryology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is quickly approaching. Maybe you’ve only just learned about the Embryology Course, or perhaps you’ve been meaning to apply to it for years but never pulled the trigger. Either way, I’m writing this blog post to (1) convince you[…]