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An interview with Hiroshi Hamada

Posted by on June 5th, 2017

This interview by Katherine Brown first appeared in Development, Volume 144, Issue 11. Hiroshi Hamada is the Director of the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, Japan. His lab focusses on the establishment of left-right asymmetry in the mouse embryo, and the role of cilia in the symmetry-breaking event. Hiroshi’s work has been recognised[…]

An interview with Eric Wieschaus

Posted by on May 18th, 2017

I had started to become a little worried when I didn’t see Eric on the opening day of the conference, but it turned out that his plane to Germany had been delayed by the snowstorms blanketing the Eastern seaboard of the US and he made it in the end. Between sessions later on, we found a slightly[…]

An interview with John Gurdon

Posted by on May 4th, 2017

On a bright, cold morning at the beginning of March, I went back to the institute I once worked in to interview the man after whom the place was named. Greeting me at the entrance, John Gurdon apologised for being a little late and asked if it was alright to delay the interview for five minutes[…]

An interview with Doug Melton

Posted by on December 15th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first appeared in Development Volume 143, Issue 24.   Doug Melton is Xander University Professor at Harvard University, co-director of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. His lab investigates the development of the pancreas, and uses insights from this process to direct the production[…]

An interview with David McClay

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first appeared in Development Volume 143, Issue 23.   David McClay is the Arthur S. Pearse Professor of Biology at Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, North Carolina. His lab works on the transcriptional control of morphogenesis in the sea urchin embryo. We caught up with David at[…]

An interview with Benoit Bruneau

Posted by on November 5th, 2013

This interview first appeared in Development.   Benoit Bruneau is a developmental biologist based at the Gladstone Institutes in San Francisco. His lab studies the transcription factors and chromatin remodelling complexes that regulate cardiac organogenesis and differentiation, with the aim of uncovering the basis for congenital heart defects. Benoit has recently become an editor for Development,[…]

An interview with Marianne Bronner

Posted by on August 23rd, 2013

Marianne Bronner is a developmental biologist at the California Institute of Technology. At the International Society of Developmental Biology (ISDB) meeting in 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Conklin medal for her work on the cells of the neural crest. The Node interviewed Marianne at the ISDB meeting and asked her about her fascination for[…]

An interview with Maria Leptin

Posted by on July 16th, 2013

Maria Leptin is a successful group leader in the developmental biology and immunology fields, running labs in both Cologne and Heidelberg. In 2010 she also became the director of the European Molecular Biology Organisation (EMBO). The Node interviewed Maria at the recent International Society for Developmental Biology (ISDB) meeting, and we talked about her career,[…]

What songs would you take to a desert island?

Posted by on July 4th, 2013

One of my favourite radio programs on the BBC is called Desert Island Discs. In this programme, a politician, activist, actor, writer or scientist is asked: if you had to live in a desert island, what would be the 8 records/songs that you would take with you? Although it is interesting to know what kind of[…]

From science to art- an interview with sculptor Briony Marshall

Posted by on May 23rd, 2013

Briony Marshall is a London-based sculptor and installation artist. Initially interested in science, Briony studied Biochemistry at the University of Oxford. After her undergraduate studies she moved on to art and sculpture, but her beautiful pieces have a strong scientific inspiration. Her first solo exhibition is currently at the Pangolin London Sculpture Gallery, and includes[…]