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Life’s symphony: a fusion of art and science to display the beauty of development

Posted by on July 26th, 2016

Mark Hintze and Diana Gradinaru introduce their collaborative animation about the wonders of developmental biology.   How are you built?  How do you become the shape and form that you are? How are your arms the same length?  These questions and many others lead me to study for a PhD in developmental biology. Yet, during my PhD I[…]

“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.  […]

Developing Future Biologists 2016: Discovering the new generation of scientists!

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016

Developing Future Biologists (DFB) is a student-led organization at University of Michigan dedicated to ensure that the next generation of biologists regardless of race, gender, or socioeconomic status have the opportunity to learn the core concepts of developmental biology. During the last week of May, DFB held its 2nd successful week-long short course aiming to inform students[…]

Forgotten classics- Genetic mosaics in Drosophila

Posted by on May 11th, 2016

Bryant, P.J., Schneiderman, H. A. (1969). Cell lineage, growth, and determination in the imaginal leg discs of Drosophila melanogaster. Developmental Biology 20, 263–290   Recommended by Peter Lawrence (University of Cambridge)     The first article in this series was the 1940 paper that first identified the number of cell layers in the shoot meristem.[…]

John Doctor Education Prize—A Best Education Video Competition

Posted by on May 10th, 2016

The Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) Professional Development and Education Committee (PDEC) created the John Doctor Education Prize to highlight great developmental biology education research.  In previous years, the committee awarded a prize for the best education poster at the SDB annual meeting.  This year, the PDEC has reinvented the award as a best education[…]

Science outreach Saturday through Friday

Posted by on May 8th, 2016

Today, the Rockefeller University held its third annual Science Saturday in New York City, its bigger science outreach event of the year.     I had the chance to get involved for the second time and I can attest it is unbelievably fun and rewarding!! Individual research labs and the Science Outreach team from Rockefeller University set up over 25 booths where[…]

Forgotten classics- Regulating the size of the mouse embryo

Posted by on April 6th, 2016

  Snow, M. H. L., Tam, P. P. L. (1979) Is compensatory growth a complicating factor in mouse teratology? Nature 279, 555-557 Lewis, N. E., Rossant, J. (1982) Mechanism of size regulation in mouse embryo aggregates J. Embryol. exp. Morph 72, 169-181 Recommended by James Briscoe (Francis Crick Institute)     As our previous forgotten[…]

Forgotten classics- Principles of morphogenesis

Posted by on March 10th, 2016

  Gustafson, T., Wolpert, L. (1967) Cellular movement and contact in sea urchin morphogenesis. Biological reviews of the Cambridge Philosophical Society 42, 442-498. Recommended by Thomas Lecuit (IBDM- Developmental Biology Institute of Marseille)   In the beginning of his famous 1969 paper on positional information, Lewis Wolpert states that “the central problem of the development[…]

Forgotten classics- T. H. Morgan and planarian regeneration

Posted by on February 16th, 2016

  Morgan, T.H. (1898) Experimental studies of the regeneration of Planaria maculata. Archiv für Entwicklungsmechanik der Organismen 7, 364-397 Recommended by Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado (Stowers Institute)   Some classic papers are only cited a few times, and the work therein has been largely forgotten. But that does not mean these works are not worth revisiting.[…]

2016 CSHL Xenopus Course (last few spots!) Deadline Feb 21

Posted by on February 12th, 2016

In order to encourage applicants to the 2016 Xenopus Course at Cold Spring Harbor, we able to offer substantial support to offset course costs thanks to support from the NICHD, Helmsley Charitable Trust, and HHMI to eligible candidates. We are particularly interested in scientists with an interdisciplinary or non-traditional background, or scientists new to Xenopus.[…]