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Advocating FOR grads and postdocs: the Future of Research symposium

Posted by on August 27th, 2014

You may have noticed a recent trend in the perception of the graduate and postdoctoral experience, be it in the state of our mental health; or perceived career goal of “academia-or-bust”; or maybe you’re just keeping your pulse on leading US academics warning of the imminent dangers of a flawed biomedical research system or the[…]

Left-right asymmetry, embryonic development, and more

Posted by on August 26th, 2014

Hello there, first time posting on The Node! Every so often Wiley compiles a small selection of recent research on a particular topic, and the most recent is on the topic of developmental biology. This includes some special issues from journals with reviews on: Left-Right asymmetry Embryonic development Cell proliferation and development The first two special[…]

Postdoctoral fellowship in neural stem cell and developmental neurobiology

Posted by on August 24th, 2014

The Division of Developmental Biology and Neuroscience along with Pediatric Neurosurgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital (#3 children’s hospital in USA) have openings in Dr Tim Vogel’s lab for postdoctoral Research Fellows to study neural stem cells, glial progenitors, and developmental neuroscience, focusing on cilia and cell signaling in murine models. We have a large group[…]

Outreach Program: “Ciencia Al Tiro” (Science Immediately)

Posted by on August 21st, 2014

Ciencia Al Tiro (Science Immediately) is an Outreach program developed to encourage interest in science and technology. Our inspiration was to help the situation of education in Chile where there is an extremely large difference in the quality of education among schools. According to an OECD assessment of student performance, Chile has the largest gap[…]

Yoshiki Sasai: stem cell Sensei

Posted by on August 21st, 2014

This obituary first appeared in Development.   Stefano Piccolo looks back at the life and research of his friend and colleague Yoshiki Sasai.   On 5 August 2014, Yoshiki Sasai died at the age of 52, near to the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. This is the institute that he had helped to establish and painstakingly[…]

The Node at the GSA Xenopus Meeting

Posted by on August 21st, 2014

The Node is on its way to California, to attend the GSA Xenopus meeting, starting in Monterey this Sunday (24th August). If you are attending the meeting, do say hello to our community manager if you see her- Cat would love to hear your thoughts on the Node! We are also looking for someone to[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Left-Right Asymmetric Organ Morphogenesis

Posted by on August 21st, 2014

NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Nascone-Yoder laboratory at North Carolina State University (NCSU) to study left-right asymmetric organ morphogenesis. The successful applicant will utilize both Xenopus and the emerging amphibian model, Lepidobatrachus (Budgett’s frog), to elucidate the cellular and molecular basis of gut and/or heart looping. We are seeking a self-motivated individual with[…]

Accelerated Frogs: Developmental Biology meets Particle Physics

Posted by on August 20th, 2014

I previously wrote a post about the development of a 4-D X-Ray Tomography technique for imaging early Xenopus embryos. Frog embryos are opaque due to their yolky composition and this has proved a challenge for traditional optical microscopy of events in the early stages of Xenopus embryo development. However Julian Moosmann, Ralf Hofmann and Jubin[…]

Postdoc position – Cell and Developmental Biology, John Innes Centre, UK

Posted by on August 20th, 2014

A 3-year postdoctoral position is available in the Sablowski lab at the Cell and Developmental Biology Dept., John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK. The successful candidate will work on a project that combines genome-wide association mapping and quantitative image analysis to reveal novel genes that control stem architecture in Arabidopsis.   Plant architecture depends in large[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 141, Issue 17)

Posted by on August 19th, 2014

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   HSCs make a Runx1 for it The emergence of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) during early mammalian development is crucial for the formation of all blood cell lineages. Previous studies indicate that Runx1 is required for the endothelial-haematopoietic transition that gives rise to definitive HSCs;[…]