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An interview with Caroline Dean

Posted by on August 18th, 2015

This interview first featured in Development.   Caroline Dean is a plant biologist based at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, UK. She helped to establish Arabidopsis as a model plant organism, and has worked for many years on the epigenetic mechanisms that regulate vernalisation, the process by which plants accelerate their flowering after periods of[…]

Interview with SDB poster winner Valeria Yartseva

Posted by on August 11th, 2015

Wendy Gu was the winner of this year’s British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) meeting poster competition. Her prize was to attend the annual meeting of the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB), which took place in Snowbird, Utah, in July. Continuing the interview chain, Wendy interviewed Valeria Yartseva, who won the poster prize at the[…]

An interview with Lewis Wolpert

Posted by on August 4th, 2015

This interview first featured in Development.   Lewis Wolpert is a retired developmental biologist who, over his long career, has made many important contributions to the field, from his French Flag model and the concept of positional information to the famous quote that it is “not birth, marriage or death, but gastrulation which is truly the[…]

An interview with Brigid Hogan

Posted by on July 11th, 2015

This interview was first published in Development.   Brigid Hogan is a developmental biologist who has worked extensively on the early stages of mouse development and is now unravelling the mysteries of lung organogenesis. She is the George Barth Geller Professor and Chair of the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University Medical Center. Brigid is[…]

An interview with Austin Smith

Posted by on July 2nd, 2015

This interview was first published in Development.   Austin Smith is a stem cell and developmental biologist, who has dedicated his career to the study of pluripotency, stem cell renewal and differentiation. He is currently the Director of the Wellcome Trust MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge, UK. We met him there[…]

An interview with Rudolf Jaenisch

Posted by on June 16th, 2015

This interview was first published in Development.   Rudolf Jaenisch is a Professor of Biology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research and the current president of the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR). His contributions to the stem cell field span from making the first transgenic mouse to seminal advances in[…]

An interview with Deepak Srivastava

Posted by on June 16th, 2015

This interview was first published in Development.   Deepak Srivastava is a Director at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and a Distinguished Professor in Paediatric Developmental Cardiology at the University of California, San Francisco. As well as caring for sick children as a physician at the Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, he runs an active research group that studies[…]

An interview with Juergen Knoblich

Posted by on May 12th, 2015

This interview first appeared in Development.   Juergen Knoblich is a senior scientist and deputy scientific director of the Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna. We met Juergen at the 56th Annual Drosophila Research Conference, where we asked him about his work in this model system and, more recently, on human cerebral organoids, and about[…]

Interview with BSDB poster winner Wendy Gu

Posted by on May 8th, 2015

Last year we interviewed Niteace Whittington, who won the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) poster prize at the 2014 meeting in Seattle. Niteace’s prize was attendance at the joint meeting of the British Societies for Cell Biology and Developmental Biology (BSCB and BSDB). Continuing the interview chain, Niteace interviewed Wendy Gu, who won the BSDB[…]

Interview with Beddington Medal winner John Robert Davis

Posted by on April 21st, 2015

Each year, the British Society for Developmental Biology (BSDB) awards the Beddington Medal to the best PhD thesis in developmental biology. The 2015 award went to John Robert Davis, who did his PhD with Brian Stramer at King’s College, London. We caught up with John at the BSCB/BSDB Spring meeting, where he gave a talk,[…]