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From the lab to the peak district

Posted by on August 31st, 2015

Thanks to the travelling fellowship, awarded by the Company of Biologists, I was fortunate enough to undertake a period of research in the laboratory of Prof. Marcelo N. Rivolta at The University of Sheffield, England. I am a 3rd year PhD student in the Laboratory of Developmental Biology at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.[…]

Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar Position in muscle development and disease – University of Calgary, Canada

Posted by on August 29th, 2015

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary, Canada is accepting applications for an Eyes High Post-doctoral Scholar position in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Huang. The position is funded by the University’s Eyes High rising stars strategy, which targets candidates of the highest caliber with track record that would be[…]

Talking about Science using Comics: A Stem Cell example

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

  “A Stem Cell Adventure” is a comic book about stem cell research, and resulted from a project on science outreach carried out by several researchers at the Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology of the University of Coimbra, Portugal (, and funded by the COMPETE Program and the Portuguese science communication agency (Ciência Viva).[…]

Assistant Professor Tenure Track Faculty, Division of Developmental Biology (DB) at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC).

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

DB, a large community of developmental biologists, is a highly collaborative interdisciplinary group of basic scientists and clinicians studying fundamental questions in developmental biology, the genetic basis of pediatric disease and regenerative medicine ( Being embedded in CCHMC, one of the top ranking pediatric research centers in the world, creates a unique environment where clinical[…]

The case of philanthropy: bringing scientists and philanthropic donors together, for good

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

This editorial by Olivia Flatto was first published in Disease Models & Mechanisms.   Wealth is not new. Neither is charity. But the idea of using private wealth imaginatively, constructively, and systematically to attack the fundamental problems of mankind is new.” – John Gardner   Philanthropy, derived from private wealth, stands unique as a vital source of[…]

Postdoctoral Position – Splicing and Disease – CECAD Cologne

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

The Uhlirova lab seeks talented, creative and motivated researchers to investigate how alterations of the essential and ubiquitous process of pre-mRNA splicing contribute to tissue-specific degeneration and cancer. The project combines state-of-the-art Drosophila genetics with studies in mammalian cells utilizing tools of cell biology, imaging, biochemistry, and genomics. We invite applicants with a Ph.D. degree, a[…]

Tumour suppressor genes curb growth in neighbouring cells

Posted by on August 28th, 2015

The healthy development of an organism depends on its tissues and organs growing to the right size, stopping when they need to, and maintaining stability in their form and function. Correct development depends on the availability of nutrients to the cells in their environment, a process that is tightly controlled by signalling mechanisms that occur[…]

Question of the month- peer review

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

This week the BioMedCentral blog put together a quiz to test how good you are at assessing the best course of action when faced with tricky peer review scenarios. These scenarios make for a fun exercise, but similar situations can and are encountered by you when invited to review manuscripts. However (like many other tasks that are asked from researchers)[…]

Development: Special Issue on Plant Development

Posted by on August 27th, 2015

Development is planning a Special Issue on Plant Development – in memory of Ian Sussex, one of the founding fathers of the plant developmental biology field. Ian passed away earlier this year (you can read more about his life in this Obituary, recently published in Developmental Biology), but his legacy lives on in his work and[…]

Postdoc Position in Cytoskeleton and Morphogenesis Lab

Posted by on August 26th, 2015

The Zaidel-Bar lab ( has an open position for a postdoctoral fellow to study the regulation of the actomyosin cortex in mammalian cells and C. elegans embryos. The lab is part of the Mechanobiology Institute (, which is the world’s leading center for interdisciplinary research in tissue, cellular and molecular mechanics.   Qualifications: PhD in[…]