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Postdoctoral Position to study roles of extracellular microenvironment in cardiovascular development

Posted by on November 9th, 2017

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

Addgene Resources to Grow Your Developmental Biology Toolkit

Posted by on November 8th, 2017

Addgene is a global, nonprofit repository that was created to help scientists share plasmids. Before we go over the developmental biology resources available at Addgene, here’s a little background on our organization. Our mission is to accelerate research and discovery by improving access to useful research materials and information. Labs deposit plasmids with Addgene at[…]

Silencing transposons during epigenetic reprogramming

Posted by on November 8th, 2017

Molecules called endosiRNAs help us avoid genetic chaos, according to a new study from a team at the Babraham Institute. Much of the human genome contains pieces of DNA called transposons, a form of genetic parasite. When active, transposons can damage genes so it is important to keep them inactive. At a certain point early[…]

Scientific Copy Editor

Posted by on November 8th, 2017

Cambridge, United Kingdom   The Company of Biologists ( is looking to recruit a Scientific Copy Editor to work across our portfolio of five life-science journals, with a particular focus on Journal of Experimental Biology. This full-time position is available for two years initially. The role entails copyediting articles to a high standard, compiling author[…]

How do primary cilia control the activity of stem cells in the developing cerebral cortex?

Posted by on November 7th, 2017

  SUPERVISORS: Dr Thomas Theil and Dr Pleasantine Mill PROJECT SUMMARY This project will dissect how cell signalling via the primary cilium coordinates the activity of neural stem cells during the development of the cerebral cortex. Proliferation and differentiation of cortical stem cells are tightly controlled processes. Changes in these parameters can have profound effects[…]

Four Year (1+3) PhD Programme in Stem Cell Biology & Medicine

Posted by on November 7th, 2017

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Studentships starting October 2018   Stem Cell Biology Stem cells are defined by the dual capacity to self-renew and to differentiate. These properties sustain homeostatic cell turnover in adult tissues and enable repair and regeneration throughout the lifetime of the organism. In contrast, pluripotent[…]

Funded PhD Positions – Purdue Center for Plant Biology

Posted by on November 7th, 2017

PURDUE UNIVERSITY CENTER FOR PLANT BIOLOGY   Purdue University is seeking graduate students to train for high-tech science careers in basic plant sciences through the Center for Plant Biology.   Purdue has invested more than $20 million in plant sciences and hired ten new faculty members since 2015 to expand research and education in basic[…]

Stem Cells Pave the Way for new treatment of diabetes

Posted by on November 7th, 2017

A new stem cell study conducted at the University of Copenhagen shows how we may increase the vital production of insulin in patients suffering from diabetes. The discovery helps to more efficiently at less cost make insulin-producing beta cells from human stem cells. Therefore, the research paves the way for more effective treatment of diabetes.[…]

Musings of an accidental scientist

Posted by on November 6th, 2017

As we sat together at a farewell dinner after I graduated from Princeton University, my advisers asked me, “What got you into science?”. Although a simple, straightforward question on the surface, it sent me down memory lane and I found it incredibly difficult to provide a concise, one-line response. I grew up in a rural[…]

Research Assistant in Developmental and Regenerative Medicine – University of Oxford

Posted by on November 6th, 2017

Research Assistant in Developmental and Regenerative Medicine Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics & Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, University of Oxford Grade 6: £28,098 p.a. Applications are invited for an experienced and meticulous Research Assistant to join the Cardiovascular Development, Repair and Regeneration team working under the direct supervision of Professor Paul Riley and Dr[…]