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An interview with Jayaraj Rajagopal

Posted by on October 5th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens appeared in Development, Vol 144 Issue 19   Jayaraj (Jay) Rajagopal is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Regenerative Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. A Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar, his lab works on the development and regeneration of[…]

The people behind the papers – Dan Dickinson

Posted by on September 29th, 2017

Cell polarisation is crucial for normal development and controlled by complex molecular interactions in the cytoplasm and at the membrane. Today we feature a paper recently published in Developmental Cell that describes  a single-cell biochemistry technique and its insights into polarity protein dynamics the developing worm embryo. We caught up with first author Dan Dickinson, who carried out the work as a postdoc[…]

An interview with Jenny Nichols

Posted by on August 17th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens originally appeared in Development, Volume 143, Issue 16. Jennifer Nichols is a Principal Investigator at the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute and Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her lab works on lineage segregation and the establishment of pluripotency in the mammalian embryo. In 2017 she was[…]

An interview with Jim Smith

Posted by on August 3rd, 2017

To interview Jim Smith I took a train to London and visited the Francis Crick Institute for the first time. The building had opened in 2016 and, by the time I visited, most if not all of the labs had settled in. Architecturally it was quite stunning, especially looking down from one of the higher[…]

An interview with Bill Harris

Posted by on July 6th, 2017

This interview by Aidan Maartens originally appeared in Development, Volume 143, Issue 13.    William ‘Bill’ Harris is Head of the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, UK, and a Fellow of both the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences. His lab works on the development of the vertebrate[…]

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[…]