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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[…]

The tale of three cities – Valdivia, Jyväskylä and London

Posted by on January 23rd, 2017

This is the latest dispatch from a recipient of a Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship. Learn more about the scheme, including how to apply, here, and read more stories from the Fellows here. Hanna Hakkinen   I am originally a Finnish evolutionary biology student who got fascinated about developmental biology during my exchange programme couple of[…]

A CoB-assisted adventure in lamprey embryology

Posted by on January 20th, 2017

This is the latest dispatch from a recipient of a Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship. Learn more about the scheme, including how to apply, here, and read more stories from the Fellows here. Tetsuto Miyashita   Pasadena.   Everyone gets different images for the place. JPL. Richard Feynman. The Big Bang Theory. I can’t dissociate the[…]

A Place where ECM biology and lymphangiogenesis flow together

Posted by on January 9th, 2017

This is the latest dispatch from a recipient of a Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowship. Learn more about the scheme, including how to apply, here, and read more stories from the Fellows here. Nanami Morooka     It was spring in 2015 when I first met Dr. Stefan Schulte-Merker in Osaka, Japan. There, it became[…]

Science in the City of Angels

Posted by on December 1st, 2016

Since the first reported results from Yamanaka et al. in 2006, pluripotent stem cell culture has become an advantageous approach for modeling human disorders and diseases. The directed differentiation of stem cells into particular cell types can also be the basis for powerful in vitro models of early developmental defects in humans. Our lab is[…]

MRC DTP studentship in Manchester: Cell biology of neurodegeneration

Posted by on October 18th, 2016

Dementia causes enormous personal hardship and costs the UK ~£23 billion every year. The second most common form is Frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD). About 40% of FTLD cases have genetic causes, with >8% involving abnormal aggregate-forming GA, GR, PR, GP and AP dipeptide repeat proteins (DPRs). This project will gain new understanding of this type[…]

Research without boundaries – I remain an optimist

Posted by on July 16th, 2016

This week I attended a meeting with Paul Nurse, director of the The Francis Crick Institute, who spoke about the potential implications of the pending Brexit on scientific research at the Crick. Like many other postdocs, I never envisaged that I would be sitting in the Fletcher Hall at Mill Hill following a referendum outcome that meant the UK[…]

“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.  […]

Model Organism Database funding is in trouble: Let your voice be heard

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016

  Model Organisms such as yeast, worm, fly, fish, rat, and mouse are key drivers of biological research, providing manipulable and cost-effective experimental systems that continuously yield fundamental insights into human biology and health. These discoveries rely on the accumulated wealth of genetic, genomic and cellular knowledge for each organism, which is made accessible via[…]

Apply for a grant to study knockout mice

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016

The MRC has now launched its first, cross-Board Call for Pump Priming Awards for preliminary research using IMPC knockout mice (http://www.mrc.ac.uk/funding/browse/pump-priming-awards-for-preliminary-research-using-impc-knockout-mice/). The aim of this initiative is to capitalise on MRC’s (and others’) investments in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) (https://www.har.mrc.ac.uk/research/large-scale-functional-genomics/international-mouse-phenotyping-consortium-impc) and make best use of the resources, data and tools available. The expectation[…]