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PhD position on tricellular junction dynamics in Drosophila at Münster, Germany

Posted by on March 25th, 2017

The Cluster of Excellence ”Cells in Motion“ (CiM) at the University of Münster invites applications for a   PhD student position (Salary Scale 13 TV-L / 65%) on   Dynamics of tricellular junctions in Drosophila   in the group of Prof. Stefan Luschnig at the Institute of Neurobiology. The position will start at the earliest[…]

The people behind the papers #16

Posted by on March 15th, 2017

The use of organoids – which can be defined as artificially grown masses of cells or tissue that resemble organs – in basic and clinical research has snowballed in recent years, providing insight into fundamental developmental processes and disease etiology. Today’s paper comes from the new Special Issue of Development devoted entirely to organoids, and reports the use of human[…]

ISSCR 2017 Award Winners Announced

Posted by on February 16th, 2017

Each year the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) recognises the stem cell researchers driving the field forward in their annual awards. You can learn more about the awards here, and watch short videos of the awardees discussing their work below.   Elaine Fuchs McEwen Award for Innovation    Jayaraj Rajagopal Dr. Susan Lim Outstanding Young[…]

YEN Conference 2017: Registration open now!

Posted by on February 8th, 2017

Young Embryologist Network 9th Annual Conference. 9th May 2017 at the Institute of Child Health, UCL, London. This year, YEN is honoured to have Dr Darren Gilmour from EMBL Heidelberg present the Sammy Lee Memorial Lecture. We are also pleased to host two invited speakers, Dr Karen Liu (King’s College London), and Professor Michael Stumpf (Imperial College London). As well as three abstract-selected talk sessions and a poster[…]

A fine balance: tuning adult neurogenesis in the freshwater planarian

Posted by on January 12th, 2017

Comment on “Neuronal sources of hedgehog modulate neurogenesis in the adult planarian brain”, eLife 2016;5:e19735. Currie et al., eLife (2016)   Ko W. Currie, Cellular Neurobiology, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal (IRCM), Montreal, QC Alyssa M. Molinaro, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON Bret J. Pearson, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, ON   To say[…]

From Stem Cells to Human Development: video and gallery

Posted by on January 11th, 2017

In September 2016, Development held its second meeting dedicated to human development. You can read about the meeting in a review by April Craft and Matthew Johnson in this week’s issue, and a less formal mini-report on the Node in October.   The Development team also did some filming, asking participants about their views on what made the[…]

Mitotic Bookmarking by Esrrb: an unexplored mechanism for implementing cell fate choices?

Posted by on November 18th, 2016

  The story behind our recent paper (Festuccia et al., Nature Cell Biology 2016) started with a serendipitous observation made in a small room of the ISCR (Institute for Stem Cell Research), which at the time was still located in the King’s Buildings campus, south of town in my beloved Edinburgh. I was imaging a[…]

Paris – Cambridge – Paris: a Megakaryocyte story

Posted by on November 14th, 2016

The first news came as a shock: so the British Railways are not always perfectly on time? For an Italian, that was a massive cultural shock. The second one was even more surprising: English weather is not that bad; actually, it is better than Parisian weather. But still, I was unable, on the train from Paris to Cambridge, to stop thinking about how[…]

Turning lemons into lemonade…sick planarians reveal link between microbiome and regeneration

Posted by on September 30th, 2016

Commentary on Pathogenic shifts in endogenous microbiota impede tissue regeneration via distinct activation of TAK1/MKK/p38 in eLife 2016; 5: e16793 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7554/eLife.16793   During our research as biologists we endure numerous problems, failures, and setbacks in our efforts to advance scientific knowledge. But sometimes the very problems we encounter are opportunities in disguise. This was[…]

The people behind the papers #4

Posted by on September 26th, 2016

Today we feature an upcoming paper in Cell Stem Cell that investigates the role of Schwann cell precursors in the multi-tissue regeneration of the adult mammalian distal digit tip.  We caught up with lead author Adam Johnston, who carried out the work in Freda Miller’s lab in the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and has since started his[…]