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Vilaiwan Fernandes: SCDB Young Investigator Award Winner

Posted by on January 22nd, 2019

Last year I was lucky enough to travel to California for the first time for the Santa Cruz Developmental Biology meeting – see the meeting report, written with Jordan Ward, here. At the meeting I was lucky enough to interview three amazing scientists, one of whom was Vilaiwan Fernandes, winner of the SCDB Young Investigator Award[…]

The people behind the papers – Dongbo Shi and Thomas Greb

Posted by on January 19th, 2019

This interview, the 56th in our series, was recently published in Development Radial growth in plants is driven by proliferating cells in the cambium that give rise to the vascular tissues of xylem and phloem, and increases plant girth. However, the identity and dynamics of the stem cells that drive this crucial process remain poorly understood. A[…]

The people behind the papers – Daniela Chavez and Gillian Stanfield

Posted by on January 18th, 2019

This interview, the 55th in our series, was published in Development last year Sperm development and differentiation are regulated by somatic cells and the extracellular signals they produce – often regulators of proteolysis. Premature or delayed differentiation can compromise fertility, and thus tight spatiotemporal control of the process is crucial. A paper in Development addresses how two secreted proteins[…]

The people behind the papers – Salome Stierli and Alison Lloyd

Posted by on January 17th, 2019

This interview, the 54th in our series, was published in Development last year In contrast to nerves in the central nervous system, peripheral nerves are highly regenerative following injury. Regeneration is critically dependent on Schwann cells, the main glial cell type of the peripheral nervous system, but whether an additional stem cell or progenitor population also contributes[…]

The people behind the papers – Vinh Ngoc Pham and Enamul Huq

Posted by on January 16th, 2019

This interview, the 53rd in our series, was published in Development last year The ability to sense and respond to light is fundamental to plant development. As seedlings move from the soil to the air, a switch in developmental program occurs to promote light capture and autotrophic growth. A paper in Development now provides a molecular analysis of the[…]

The people behind the papers – Chaitanya Dingare and Virginie Lecaudey

Posted by on December 5th, 2018

This interview, the 52nd in our series, was the first to be published in Development. We’re aiming for one interview per issue, and will continue to put them up here (once the issue has closed).    During teleost fertilisation, sperm fertilises the oocyte through the micropyle, a channel traversing the vitelline membrane at the animal[…]

The people behind the papers evolves into print

Posted by on November 22nd, 2018

For the last two years, our interview series ‘The people behind the papers‘ has showcased the faces of developmental biology, and we’re excited to announce that the series will now also be printed in Development. The first ‘paper’ interview is with Chaitanya Dingare and Virginie Lecaudey, first and last authors of a paper reporting a surprising[…]

The people behind the papers – Joe Shawky & Lance Davidson

Posted by on October 24th, 2018

The construction of complex three-dimensional tissue structures during embryogenesis requires precise control of cell and tissue mechanics. The Xenopus embryo provides a powerful tool for interrogating this relationship, as demonstrated by a recent Development paper reporting the use of tissue explants to test predictions of mechanical models. We caught up with first author and recent graduate Joseph[…]

The people behind the papers – Guillaume Blin, Manuel Thery & Sally Lowell

Posted by on September 21st, 2018

During early mouse development, a series of signalling interactions breaks the symmetry of the egg cylinder, spatially organising the embryo into territories that define the future axes of the body. Symmetry breaking can also be observed in embryonic stem cell (ESC) colonies cultured on micropatterned substrates, which thus provide a powerful system to test the[…]

The people behind the papers – Jaqueline Kinold & Hermann Aberle

Posted by on September 4th, 2018

Axon guidance relies on the reception and integration of molecular cues from the environment by growth cones, and defective pathfinding results in misplaced projection patterns in the mature nervous system. A new paper in Development investigates this process in the Drosophila neuromucular system, as well as the consequences of axonal miswiring to locomotion. We caught up[…]