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The people behind the papers – Jaqueline Kinold & Hermann Aberle

Posted by on September 4th, 2018

Axon guidance relies on the reception and integration of molecular cues from the environment by growth cones, and defective pathfinding results in misplaced projection patterns in the mature nervous system. A new paper in Development investigates this process in the Drosophila neuromucular system, as well as the consequences of axonal miswiring to locomotion. We caught up[…]

August in preprints

Posted by on September 3rd, 2018

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and other related/just plain cool) preprints.    This month we found a tonne of  papers dealing with various aspects of inheritance in worms, a flush of fly mechanics, and more single cell sequencing than you could shake a stick at. And as summer draws to a close, it’s raining[…]

Cells in Evolutionary Biology

Posted by on September 2nd, 2018

Cells in Evolutionary Biology: Translating Genotypes into Phenotypes – Past, Present, Future 1st Edition Brian K. Hall, Sally A. Moody   This book is the first in a projected series on Evolutionary Cell Biology.—Past/Hall-Moody/p/book/9781498787864 The intent of this book is to demonstrate the essential role of cellular mechanisms in transforming the genotype into the phenotype[…]

The Company of Biologists Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on August 30th, 2018

The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 or currency equivalent to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on[…]

Assistant-engineer position in molecular biology and genetics

Posted by on August 29th, 2018

Assistant-engineer position in molecular biology and genetics  An assistant-engineer position in molecular biology and genetics is available starting from November 2018 in the group of Julien Royet, at the Institute of Biology of Development of Marseille (IBDM), France. The project aims at understanding how gut microbiota is able to modify host physiology and behavior by[…]

Postdoctoral Scientist position

Posted by on August 28th, 2018

The laboratory of Dr. Sally A. Moody at the George Washington University (Washington DC, USA; seeks a beginning Postdoctoral Scientist to study the genetic underpinnings of craniofacial birth defects using Xenopus and mouse. Qualifications include: Ph.D. in biological or biomedical science; experience in developmental biology and genetics and/or biochemical and molecular biology techniques. Interested applicants[…]

Why We Need More Women in Academia: An Undergraduate Interested in Developmental Biology

Posted by on August 28th, 2018

For some scientists, the decision to pursue a research career stems from a youthful curiosity for the natural world that gradually builds over many years. Whereas in others, there is single moment when they realize that their desired future involved research. My interest is a mix of both – I decided I was going to[…]

A day in the life of a colonial tunicate laboratory

Posted by on August 28th, 2018

Have you heard of an animal that can lose most of its body tissues and the remnant tissues aggregate to regenerate the lost parts and recovery its original form? Do you know an animal that can quickly colonize marine surfaces by asexual reproduction, just like weed would in terrestrial environments ? Do you know an[…]

Post-doc position open: the innovation of branching in plants

Posted by on August 24th, 2018

Very excited to invite applications from post-doctoral researchers to join my lab to work on a Leverhulme Trust- funded project to look at the mechanisms regulating branching in Selaginella kraussiana. I would like to use a candidate gene approach, looking at Selaginella PIN and TCP function. I have written a bit about the project here,[…]


Posted by on August 23rd, 2018

When people digest food, the flow of fluids and digestive enzymes to the gut is critical. Until recently, researchers had marvelled at the incredibly complex system of ducts that transports a stream of enzymes and mucus from the pancreas to the gut. Astonishingly, a research project led by Professor Grapin-Botton has revealed that the ducts[…]