Three months ago I did the unthinkable and moved to England, a strange haggis-free land. Starting my BBSRC PhD Internship (introductory post here) at the Node having left my Scottish lab was an amazing opportunity to get more involved with the dev bio community.
My main task while here was the day to day running of the Node; twitter, jobs and asking authors of interesting papers to write for us, thank you to all the researchers that did! You can read one of my favourite posts on using scRNA-seq to understand cell fate conversion here. I also conducted our people behind the papers interviews and a particular favourite was on the fascinating puzzle of plant cell topology, I even attempted to read On Growth and Form after their interview!
The chance to read and explore such a wide variety of topics has been eye-opening and there is so much fascinating research being conducted on topics I didn’t know existed. Learning about so many different model systems has shaped my thinking about my future in research (any Cephalopod neurobiology labs needing a Postdoc soon?).
Alongside keeping the Node running, my second project focused on refurbishing the resources section on the Node. My goal here was to make use of my position as an active researcher to make the resources page a community area to find useful links for research, teaching and to encourage researchers to engage in outreach ad advocacy. This resources list is by no means comprehensive and we still need your input. Please get in touch to let us know what is useful to you, what needs to be added/updated and any way that the resources section can be improved!
This internship has been a wonderful insight into the developmental biology community and I am so grateful to Aidan and Katherine for the opportunity and their guidance throughout the three months. I encourage all researchers to write for the Node, get your research out there! I am now returning to my PhD, all that is left to say is so long and thanks for all the Zebrafish.