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5 year Research Assistant position to study macrophage migration available

Posted by on June 13th, 2014

  A 5 year research assistant position to study regulation of macrophage migration in Drosophila is available in the Evans lab (Infection and Immunity/The Bateson Centre, University of Sheffield). The closing date for applications is 29th June.   For more details on this position visit: advert For more information on the work of our[…]

An interview with Phil Ingham

Posted by on June 11th, 2014

This interview first appeared in Development. Philip Ingham is a geneticist and developmental biologist, based at the Imperial College, London – Nanyang Technological University, Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine in Singapore. From identifying the Drosophila trithorax mutant to the discovery of the vertebrate hedgehog genes, from perfecting in situ techniques in the fly to helping make zebrafish a successful model[…]

Coordination Officer

Posted by on June 10th, 2014

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute Salary: £28,132-£36,661 Reference: PS03564 Closing date: 22 July 2014 Limited funding: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2017 in the first instance. The Stem Cell Institute is a world-leading centre of excellence in stem cell biology and regenerative medicine, supported[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 12)

Posted by on June 10th, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Insights into familial dysautonomia Familial dysautonomia (FD) is a germline autosomal recessive disease that is characterized by impaired peripheral sensory and sympathetic neuron development. The disease is known to be caused by mutations in the gene encoding Elp1 (also known as IKBKAP), but how[…]

Woods Hole images 2014 round 1- the winner

Posted by on June 10th, 2014

Time to announce the winner of this year’s first round of Woods Hole images: the fluorescent image of the squid embryo!     Many congratulations to Nathan Kenny (University of Oxford), Kathryn McClelland (Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland), and Sophie Miller (University of Cambridge), who took this image at last year’s Woods Hole Embryology course.[…]

Development Travelling Fellowship: a node connecting Woods Hole with the Stowers Institute

Posted by on June 10th, 2014

June 1st, 2014: Exactly one year after my departure flight from Bologna to Boston to attend the 2013 MBL Embryology course held at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA (, I was again in the Bologna airport, only that this time I was landing from the States. I was returning to my home[…]

Gastrulation: Local actions, global movements and self-organisation

Posted by on June 6th, 2014

Cells move in (still) mysterious ways to achieve morphogenesis. Prominently, cells of an early vertebrate embryo (blastula, a mass of undifferentiated cells) move extensively during gastrulation to generate the three basic layers of the organism: ectoderm at the surface, endoderm presaging the digestive tube, and the mesoderm in between. At the end of the process,[…]

The PHD movie- support the sequel!

Posted by on June 6th, 2014

If you are doing a PhD (or involved in research in any way), you probably take a lot of humour, procrastination and comfort from PHD comics. The comic strip ‘Piled Higher and Deeper’ has been portraying “life (or the lack thereof) in academia” since 1997, with a cast of characters ranging from a nameless graduate student[…]

Postdoctoral Positions in Craniofacial and Skin Development– Virginia

Posted by on June 5th, 2014

Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Amanda Dickinson to study craniofacial and skin development in Xenopus. I am looking for highly motivated and tenacious applicants with a passion for developmental biology. Qualifications include a PhD in cellular/molecular or developmental biology and experience with Xenopus or zebrafish is preferred. There are several projects in[…]

This month on the Node- May 2014

Posted by on June 1st, 2014

Our jobs page has been very busy again, including several positions in publishing. Here are some of the other highlights:   Research: – Néstor discussed his recent paper in Developmental Cell on the role of GATA6 in primitive endoderm specification (and some of the techniques used). – Jenna and Jessica explained how they established zebrafish as a model to[…]