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When Basic Science Intersects with Disease, and Patients

Posted by on May 29th, 2015

Developmental biologist Gabrielle Kardon, Ph.D., never thought that she would be explaining morphogenesis to patient support groups, but that’s where her science led her. And instead of shying away, she has embraced it. Completely. Kardon’s lab had focused mostly on the limb until her graduate student, Allyson Merrell, urged that they explore the diaphragm, of[…]

PhD student and Postdoc positions: Tricellular junction formation

Posted by on May 29th, 2015

Positions for a PhD student and a postdoctoral scientist are available in the laboratory of Stefan Luschnig at the University of Münster, Germany. Using mainly Drosophila as a model, we investigate developmental, cellular, molecular, and functional aspects of epithelial biology. We apply quantitative imaging approaches to analyze cell behavior at the level of tissues as[…]

“Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance” Workshop – Funded Early Career Scientist Places Available

Posted by on May 29th, 2015

The next Company of Biologists Workshop is titled “Transgenerational Epigenetic Inheritance” and we have 10 funded places available for early career scientists! This workshop is being organised by Edith Heard and Ruth Lehman and will take place from the 4th – 7th October 2015 at Wiston House, West Sussex, in the UK.  You can find more information about this workshop here. Only[…]

Finding Collaborators: from London to Stuttgart

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

I’m Dr Rie Saba, a postdoc at Translational Cardiovascular Therapeutics, William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary University of London (UK), studying the role of endocardium in the mammalian heart development. The endocardium contributes to cardiogenesis by playing many crucial roles, such as regulating trabeculation and atrioventricular canal formation. However, our knowledge of the early phase[…]

Question of the month- lab size

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

Lab sizes vary considerably, from small groups that include only the lab head and maybe a student or postdoc, to huge enterprises of several dozen people, including senior postdocs that manage smaller sub-groups under the overall supervision of the PI. What are the advantages of small versus large labs? Is it inevitable that a lab must continuously increase in size to[…]

How The Bird Got Its Beak

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

Nature’s most interesting secrets can sometimes be found in our own backyards. One such secret is related to all birds, those pigeons, thrushes and sparrows that we see everyday. This familiarity means that we do not think too much of birds passing them by on our way to work or school. However, if the birds[…]

The atlas of mouse development eHistology resource

Posted by on May 27th, 2015

This Spotlight article was written by Elizabeth Graham, Julie Moss, Nick Burton, Chris Armit, Lorna Richardson and Richard Baldock, and was first published in Development.   The Atlas of Mouse Development by Professor Mathew Kaufman is an essential text for understanding mouse developmental anatomy. This definitive and authoritative atlas is still in production and is essential for any biologist[…]

This year’s BSDB Autumn meeting is in the Algarve, together with the Portuguese and Spanish Developmental Biology Societies.

Posted by on May 27th, 2015

It is our great pleasure to invite you to participate in the first joint meeting of the Portuguese, British and Spanish Societies for Developmental Biology, a unique occasion to gather the three scientific communities and celebrate science without frontiers. The meeting features an outstanding line up of speakers, and there will also be 16 talks[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 11)

Posted by on May 26th, 2015

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Hippo signalling: not just for growth The Hippo signalling pathway regulates organ growth: activation of the pathway inhibits proliferation and promotes apoptosis. The core pathway consists of two kinases, Hippo and Warts, along with their adaptor proteins. Warts phosphorylates and thus inactivates the transcriptional[…]

An illustrated anatomical ontology of the developing mouse lower urogenital tract

Posted by on May 25th, 2015

Georgas et al. have presented a comprehensive update to the anatomical ontology of the murine urogenital system. These updates pertain to the lower urinary tract, genital tubercle and associated reproductive structures, covering stage E10.5 through to adult. The updates have been based on recently published insights into the cellular and gross anatomy of these structures,[…]