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Post-doctoral scientists – stem cell niche biology (skin), RIKEN CDB, Japan

Posted by on July 31st, 2012

We are seeking to appoint post-doctoral researchers to study microenvironmental regulation of stem cells in mammalian skin. The aim of our group is to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the ways in which tissue microenvironments are regionally specialized, and how the specialized microenvironments instruct cellar behaviour and communication, and organ formation. We[…]

This Month on the Node – July 2012

Posted by on July 31st, 2012

What was new on the Node this past month? “Developments in development” essay competition Congratulations to Joanna Asprer and Máté Varga, whose essays were selected by the judges in our recent essay competition. Read both essays on the Node, and then vote for your favourite. The final winning essay will be published in Development. –An[…]

Uncovering the unexpected: New visions from the 3’ end of squint

Posted by on July 31st, 2012

Here I share the background story on my graduate work that was recently published in Development, “Dorsal activity of maternal squint is mediated by a non-coding function of the RNA”: I first joined Karuna Sampath’s group at Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory in 2005 during my undergraduate days. It was an exciting year in the lab[…]

SDB Meeting on Twitter

Posted by on July 30th, 2012

You’ve probably already read Patricia Gongal’s summary of the recent SDB meeting (and if not, go do that now!) but many others have also reported from Montreal through Twitter. We’ve collected some of the tweets from the conference below: (+1 rating, 1 votes)Loading…

Piecing together the squint puzzle

Posted by on July 27th, 2012

Here is the backdrop for our recent paper in Development, “Dorsal activity of maternal squint is mediated by a non-coding function of the RNA”:  This work follows up a previous publication from my laboratory where we showed that knock-down of maternal squint (sqt) or ablation of sqt-containing cells led to loss of dorsal structures in[…]

Travelling Fellowships

Posted by on July 25th, 2012

Do you need to learn a new technique?  Are you planning a collaborative visit?  If so please have a look at our Travelling Fellowships –  The next deadline is the 31st August. (No Ratings Yet)Loading…

7 PhD fellowships available at SZN, Italy

Posted by on July 25th, 2012

Open University – Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn International Ph.D. Program: 7 Positions on offer, 2012 – 2013 7 Ph.D. fellowships are available to carry out interdisciplinary training in Biological Sciences at the Stazione Zoologica ‘Anton Dohrn’ Naples Italy. Applications are invited from suitably qualified postgraduate candidates (see details) The closing date for applications is August[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 139, Issue 16)

Posted by on July 24th, 2012

Here are the research highlights from the current issue of Development:   Less air, more muscle repair Oxygen levels in stem cell niches are often lower than those in surrounding tissues, and hypoxia is known to regulate the self-renewal and proliferation of multiple stem cell types. Now, Shihuan Kuang and co-workers report that hypoxia regulates[…]

SBD 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights

Posted by on July 23rd, 2012

Montreal is open and friendly, and this spirit was captured by the 71st annual SDB meeting that just wrapped up in this great city. The conference atmosphere was relaxed and open, with a lot of unpublished work presented, and thoughtful and productive question periods. Many different fields were represented by developmental biologists hailing from all[…]

Back from the MBL

Posted by on July 22nd, 2012

I take on the story where my colleagues left it, one week now after leaving MBL and the embryology course behind. Settled into my normal life, I look back and I am sure I am yet to process what we have just experienced.  It would be redundant, for my colleagues have already done this, to[…]