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A Madrid-Washington synergy for mouse embryo live-imaging

Posted by on April 23rd, 2019

One of the things I learned during my stay in another lab is that you can’t succeed completely by yourself. You can try, sure, but a relevant unanswered question in biology is a hard nut to crack. It usually takes a multidisciplinary approach and great ideas coming from more than one brain. Collaborations are key[…]

One-day Symposium on Developmental Bioelectricity in Boston, MA – July 26th, 2019

Posted by on April 16th, 2019

A fundamental question in biology is how cells communicate to fashion and repair complex biological structures and tissues.  It is well established that cells communicate through biochemical cues.  However, compelling evidence suggests that cells and tissues of all types use ion fluxes to communicate electrically as well.  In addition, it is now clear that this[…]

Postdoctoral opportunity at Columbia University in New York City

Posted by on April 15th, 2019

Postdoctoral Opportunity: Research in Development and Cancer We are looking for highly motivated individuals to join us in research funded by the National Institutes of Health to identify and characterize new molecular targets relevant to tumor formation and to tissue homeostasis during organ development. The projects combine genetics, functional genomics and biochemical analysis of cell[…]

Introducing introductory biology students to primary scientific literature: why it matters

Posted by on February 19th, 2019

A successful undergraduate science education includes teaching students science process skills, including critical analysis of primary scientific literature (PSL). Unfortunately, the use of PSL in the classroom remains limited due to several barriers. These include students struggling with the actual practice of science (as opposed to the purely linear scientific method presented in textbooks), the[…]

User-friendly p-values

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

A good statistic is the one that you can understand. Mean values are understandable and everybody knows how to calculate them. Most people also realize how the mean value can be skewed by an outlier. So we know what the mean represents and we are aware of its limitations. In sharp contrast, the Null Hypothesis[…]

Clones in bones – Looking for international PhD applicant at Monash University

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

International PhD student opportunity – Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. Monash University Studying the clonal dynamics of cartilage stem cells during normal and perturbed bone growth   Looking for an international PhD applicant to be enrolled in Monash University doctoral program under the supervision of Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez ( and Long bones grow by forming[…]

What makes preprints popular?

Posted by on January 31st, 2019

A team of preLights selectors respond to a meta-analysis of bioRxiv preprints. Gautam Dey, Zhang-He Goh, Lars Hubatsch, Maiko Kitaoka, Robert Mahen, Máté Palfy, Connor Rosen and Samantha Seah* *all authors contributed equally; cross-posted from here.   The growing adoption of preprints over the last five years in the biological sciences has driven discussion within[…]

Embryos on the front, embryologists on the back

Posted by on January 23rd, 2019

Applications for Embryology 2019 are due on February 1. Apply here! In this post, I share how I learned about the Embryology course, what made me apply and what I brought back from it.   Nerdy embryology t-shirts A couple of months ago, I was attending a scientific conference on cell fate in Roscoff, northern[…]

Genetics Unzipped – a new podcast exploring the world of genes, genomes and DNA

Posted by on January 10th, 2019

  Genetics Unzipped – a new fortnightly podcast from the UK Genetics Society – has launched ahead of the society’s centenary celebrations throughout 2019. Presented by award-winning science writer and former Naked Genetics/Naked Scientists podcast host Kat Arney and produced by First Create The Media, Genetics Unzipped will bring you a wide range of stories[…]

Embryology 2018: A good experience and a good story

Posted by on January 7th, 2019

Embryology 2019 application is due February 1, 2019. Go apply!! ( If that is not enough, check out my evaluation of my course experience. Embryology 2018: I evaluate experiences by this basic philosophy: Some things are a good experience, some are a good story. When I’m lucky, sometimes they are both. My summer at #Embryo2018 had all three[…]