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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[…]

PhD Position – Systems Biology of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cell Spheroids

Posted by on January 11th, 2018

The InPhInit program by La Caixa offers a competitive PhD fellowship to attract international early-stage researchers to the top Spanish research center with the Severo Ochoa / Maria de Maeztu excellence accreditation. We invite talented and motivated students to apply for the InPhInit Caixa Fellowship program to do a PhD at the “Self-Organization of Biological[…]

Shape the leaves

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

Before I started my PhD study, I didn’t notice that leaves have two sides: the adaxial side and the abaxial side. When my supervisor Dr. Yuling Jiao first asked me whether I would like to work on this leaf dorsiventral developmental process, I thought I should try, for my own curiosity.   The leaf dorsiventral[…]

Developmental biology: ‘not a confined, specified discipline’?

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

Catching up after the holidays, I finally got around to reading Scott Gilbert‘s recently published essay in PloS Biology. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the essay proposes that developmental biology is ‘the stem cell of biological disciplines’, and that many other areas of biology – such as cell biology, genetics, immunology, oncology and[…]

The community for regenerative medicine: RegMedNet

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

What happens when you apply developmental biology to patients? Regenerative medicine! Now, here are some more difficult questions: Who owns a cell-based therapy? What is a ‘minimally manipulated’ product, and should they be administered to patients if they haven’t been approved by the FDA? In 2015, RegMedNet, the network for regenerative medicine, was launched to[…]

Synthetic Human Embryology: The Rise of A New Era with New Collaborations

Posted by on January 9th, 2018

— A look behind the paper “A pluripotent stem cell-based model for post-implantation human amniotic sac development“   Early stages of human embryo development are vital for successful pregnancy and the health of the embryo. Abnormal early development often causes infertility as well as various birth defects. Despite its scientific and clinical importance, early development[…]

Research Assistant/Associate: Zebrafish Optogenetics and Live-Imaging

Posted by on January 9th, 2018

The Buckley lab at the department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience (PDN), University of Cambridge is recruiting a postdoctoral research associate or research assistant. The lab uses cutting edge optogenetic and live confocal imaging approaches within the whole zebrafish neural tube to manipulate the polarity of single cells (Buckley et al., 2016, PMID: 26766447). In[…]

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.[…]

Meeting reporter wanted for Adult Neurogenesis 2018 conference

Posted by on January 8th, 2018

Adult Neurogenesis 2018 May 2-4, 2018 – Dresden, Germany www.abcam.com/events/adult-neurogenesis-2018     Meeting summary Adult neurogenesis is distinct from embryonic forms of neurogenesis in that neuronal development underlies extrinsic regulation, from physiological to pathological. This regulation targets different stages of neuronal development, between cell cycle entry and proliferation of radial glia-like stem cells to the[…]