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A day in the life of a C. elegans lab

A day in the life of a C. elegans lab

Posted by on March 3rd, 2014

I am Serena Ding, a third year PhD student, and I work at the University of Oxford’s Biochemistry Department in the United Kingdom. I am interested in the control of cell divisions, specifically in stem cells. In Dr Alison Woollard’s lab, we use a microscopic nematode called Caenorhabditis elegans as a stem cell model.   […]
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A day in the life of a butterfly lab

Posted by on February 21st, 2014

Hello! I’m Leila, a finishing PhD student in Patrícia Beldade’s lab at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal. We work on different topics within Evolutionary Developmental Biology, Evo-Devo, with the common interest on how development contributes to intra- and inter-specific variation and can influence evolutionary processes: developmental hierarchies (me), developmental plasticity, and the origin of […]
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A Day in the Life of a Sea Urchin Lab

Posted by on February 17th, 2014

Hi! I’m Tanvi, a third year PhD student in the Ettensohn Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The big question our lab is concerned with is how the genome encodes morphogenesis. We use transcriptional gene regulatory networks as a tool to study how transcription factors and signaling pathways regulate the expression of […]
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A day in the life of an Ascidian Lab

Posted by on February 10th, 2014

Dear The Node readers, We are Alicia (1st year PhD student) and Marion (3rd year PhD student) and we work in an ascidian lab at CNRS, Montpellier in France. Alicia’s aim is to compare gene regulatory networks of Ciona intestinalis and Phallusia mammillata during early embryogenesis. Ciona is much better characterised, therefore, Alicia has so […]
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A day in the life of an Arabidopsis lab

Posted by on February 6th, 2014

I, Narender Kumar, am a graduate student in Prof John C. Larkin’s lab. Our lab is located in the Life Sciences Building on the main campus of Louisiana State University (LSU) Baton Rouge. LSU is located on the banks of the historical Mississippi River and the river levee is the one of the best places […]
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A day in the life of a Parhyale Lab

Posted by on January 27th, 2014

A typical day spent in our lab’s aquarium room will find me soaked, top-to-bottom, in seawater. The other members of my lab seem not to have this issue, but I’ve always seemed to get “in” to my science, literally, when it comes to these types of chores. The trouble with marine models is that they […]
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A fruitful visit from INB to INA

Posted by on December 15th, 2013

My name is Daniel Ríos and I am a grad student at the ‘Instituto de Neurobiología (INB)’ from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. However, during this past October I was part of the ‘Instituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (INA)’, from the Miguel Hernandez University, in Spain. Ok, I was there just for a short time working […]
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Advantages of exposure

Posted by on December 11th, 2013

I was fortunate go get funding and support to travel to California during my graduate student period. While some similarities between the Norwegian and Californian west coasts made me feel vaguely familiar, the biggest change and the most exciting part of my visit at UCLA has been the inspiration and scientific maturation that comes from […]
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Why don’t they tell Postdocs this Stuff? – Secrets to a Successful Science Career

Posted by on December 10th, 2013

Some scientists would say that postdoctoral fellows have the most desirable position in the lab. As a postdoc, you have the research experience from your PhD to give you credibility at the bench. You have the independence to run your own project and supervise students, but without the time commitments and administrative duties of a […]
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