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Team work, good science

Posted by on March 8th, 2018

You can find our recently published eLife paper here.   At the Euro-Evo-Devo meeting in Lisbao I saw a talk by Sylvie Rétaux and became hooked by a blind and unpigmented cavefish: the evo-devo model Astyanax mexicanus. I then had the chance to join Sylvie’s group in Gif-sur-Yvette (France) in 2013, for a post-doc. Four[…]

A droso4school CPD event for teachers

Posted by on February 20th, 2018

The droso4schools initiative is an educational outreach programme run by the Manchester Fly Facility, which I had the opportunity to be actively involved in during a month-long placement (see my previous blog). The aim of this programme is to re-introduce the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster into school and college biology lessons. For this, the droso4schools[…]

How does it Work? My Experience with 3 Different Model Systems

Posted by on February 5th, 2018

For both young and established developmental biologists considering their next career move, choosing a model system with which to answer one’s research questions is a big decision. Of course, the most important thing to consider is whether or not a particular system is compatible with your research goals. But for a young scientist looking to[…]

CSHL Mouse Course: my perspective and why you should apply too

Posted by on February 2nd, 2018

The deadline to apply for the 2018 Mouse Development, Stem Cells & Cancer course at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is March 15th. If you don’t know much about the course or are on the fence about applying, I want to give you some background about my experiences from 2017, in hopes that I can[…]

Why more is better in comparative developmental biology…

Posted by on January 26th, 2018

Our recent paper in “Nature” [1] deconstructs molecular arguments that have been used to homologize bilaterian nerve cords. Our work illustrates well the strength of the comparative approach and the broad sampling across the animal tree of life that we use in my research group at the Sars Centre for Marine Molecular Biology.   Evo-Devo[…]

The Tails of Fate

Posted by on January 18th, 2018

The epic journey of embryogenesis begins with a set of maternal instructions. These instructions are in the form of transcribed mRNA, some even translated into proteins and ready for action. However, many of the critical maternal mRNAs are inactive and must be delivered to the right cell and activated at the right time to encode[…]

The MBL Embryology Course: Questions and Answers

Posted by on January 17th, 2018

The Feburary 1st deadline to apply to the Embryology Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is quickly approaching. Maybe you’ve only just learned about the Embryology Course, or perhaps you’ve been meaning to apply to it for years but never pulled the trigger. Either way, I’m writing this blog post to (1) convince you[…]

Postdoctoral position in cardiovascular development lab

Posted by on January 13th, 2018

The composition of extracellular microenvironment is dynamically regulated in time and space during embryonic development. Our lab discovered that cell-type specific expression of the extracellular matrix (ECM) protein fibronectin is essential for mammalian embryogenesis and cardiovascular morphogenesis. Furthermore, we found that fibronectin regulates distinct morphogenetic processes in a cell type-specific manner, and functions both in[…]

The Woods Hole Embryology Experience

Posted by on January 12th, 2018

My first listen to Jimi Hendrix’s album, “Are you experienced?” was as a prepubescent kid who still had a Matchbox car collection. It’s hard to describe. A world of magic opened up for me; to the chagrin of my parents, I decided I wanted to be a musician instead of a scientist, and in a[…]

2018 resolutions? Become fearless by attending the MBL Embryology course!

Posted by on January 8th, 2018

Last summer I had the great pleasure and privilege to attend the six-week, summer Embryology course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in the beautiful town of Woods Hole, MA. The course is legendary, as having been established in 1893, it has spit out some of the most prominent scientists in the field of developmental biology.[…]