Things are in full swing at MBL in the 2017 Embryology course, we are already one third of the way through! The first week we learned about echinoderms and C. elegans with a side of Tardigrade and this past we focused on zebrafish and Xenopus with axolotl. The atmosphere of the past two weeks has been full of excitement as we learn about new model systems and techniques. Not only did we discover new things scientifically, but we also learned more about each other as students and faculty.
A key element that appeared this week is our connection to each other and to the generation of scientists before us. It has been breath taking to learn about all the contributions that individuals and groups made to the field and to hear that so many of these discoveries were made either here at Woods Hole or by scientists who were a part of the course at some point during their career. It is thrilling to think that we are establishing meaningful connections, collaborations, and friendships that will be with us for the rest of our lives!
What enhances the connection is the unique diversity in the group, we all come from different places and have different backgrounds. The group is a mix of developmental, cell, and computational biologists as well as bioinformaticians, biophysicists and engineers. These differences in training and background paired with our general passion for science and inquiry have allowed us to look at problems from new and different angles. This is exciting, enriching and stimulates us as a group to propose and test new hypothesis.
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