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SpotLight on Otago: Distant Developments

Posted by on July 2nd, 2013

Developmental biology from near the south pole Kia Ora from New Zealand Hi, I’m Megan Wilson and I’m a lecturer in the Department of Anatomy at the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. My research focus, and my scientific passion, is developmental biology. In this new regular blog on the Node, I hope to bring[…]

Exploring Embryology at the Woods Hole MBL

Posted by on June 25th, 2013

After two weeks of intense work in the Woods Hole MBL Embryology course, I am beginning to understand why this course compels TAs, faculty and students from around the world to return year after year. The 24 students in the 2013 Embryology class work on a diverse set of organisms including worms, mice, chick, coral,[…]

Top Developmental Biologists meet in Chile for a laboratory and lecture course: open to Latin American and International applicants

Posted by on April 23rd, 2013

Olivier Pourquie, Nipan Patel, Claudio Stern, John Wallingford, Mary Mullins, Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado, Andrea Streit, among other will teach, hands-on, the paradigms, problems and technologies of modern Developmental Biology. The course will start with a plenary lecture by Scott Gilbert about the history and concepts in Developmental Biology. The course will take place in the summer[…]

Woods Hole course application deadline extended

Posted by on January 28th, 2013

The Woods Hole image voting posts are some of the most popular posts on the Node (and yes, there will be a new one up VERY soon!). These images are all made by students of the Woods Hole Embryology course, and you still have a chance to be part of the 2013 class! The application[…]

A feedback from Paris UPMC/Curie International program

Posted by on December 23rd, 2012

The UPMC/Curie Institute International Course in Developmental Biology took place in Paris during five weeks. Students coming from Master or PhD programs around the world gathered together for the three first weeks to participate to the practical part. The group was composed of approximately 20 people from France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Ireland, India, Greece, the[…]

SpotOn London

Posted by on November 20th, 2012

Last week I attended SpotOn London – a conference focused entirely on the role of the Internet on research, science outreach, science policy, tools, and related topics. There were talks about using alternative metrics to asses the value of research papers, discussions about doing outreach while working in the lab, issues related to women in[…]

Back from the MBL

Posted by on July 22nd, 2012

I take on the story where my colleagues left it, one week now after leaving MBL and the embryology course behind. Settled into my normal life, I look back and I am sure I am yet to process what we have just experienced.  It would be redundant, for my colleagues have already done this, to[…]

Transcending boundaries: MBL Embryology 2012

Posted by on July 6th, 2012

The most striking realization I have had over the course of last four weeks spent at MBL, Woods Hole is how limitless is the scientific spirit . Pioneers of classical embryological manipulation techniques appreciating the importance of mathematical modeling, groups going to non-model organisms in search of an answer, groups identifying novel questions by merely[…]

MBL course: Gene regulatory networks for Development

Posted by on June 28th, 2012

In October, the MBL in Woods Hole will host the 5th high level short course on developmental gene regulatory networks. Course directors are Eric Davidson and David McClay, with Isabelle Peter as Assistant Director. From the course directors: “This high level short course on developmental gene regulatory networks will be offered to graduate students, postdocs,[…]

Fast times at MBL

Posted by on June 19th, 2012

Sitting down to write this reflection, it struck me that I couldn’t believe it has really been two weeks since I arrived in the quiet town of Woods Hole, MA for the Embryology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL). Time has become an abstract concept for my fellow students and me; it seems like[…]