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Question of the month- New Year wish list

Posted by on November 30th, 2015

It’s getting to that time of year when we think about the year to come and the things we hope it will bring: love, health, money… and maybe a little bit of help with our research. There are many things that could make the year 2016 better for a developmental scientist: new equipment, better protocols,[…]

From our sister journals- November 2015

Posted by on November 30th, 2015

Here is some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.     Genome-wide lacZ profiling in the mouse Tuck, Estebel and colleagues have produced an open access adult mouse expression resource with the expression profile of 424 assessed in up to 47 different organs, tissues and substructures using a[…]

Stable and bicistronic expression of two genes in somite- and lateral plate-derived tissues to study chick limb development

Posted by on November 27th, 2015

The electroporation technique is widely used in developmental biology to deliver foreign DNA into cells and study gene function. The chick embryos exhibit a remarkable easy access to perform electroporation and follow in ovo development. Electroporation of limb somites allows the misexpression of genes in limb somite derivatives, like myogenic and endothelial cells, while electroporation[…]

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Posted by on November 26th, 2015

We are seeking to appoint a Post-doctoral Bioinformatician to undertake research on the bioinformatics of eye cancers with Prof. Shin-ichi Ohnuma and Dr. Mandeep Sagoo. The work aims to understand the mechanism of cancer initiation and progression through bioinformatics data analysis of whole genome sequences and mRNA expression profiling in combination with single cell biology.[…]

A call for abstracts: BMP Signalling in Cancer conference

Posted by on November 25th, 2015

15—17 March 2016 St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, UK   The aim of this Biochemical Society focused meeting is to explore the mechanisms of BMP signal transduction and regulation of signalling, and discuss how genetic and epigenetic alterations result in aberrant signalling and how this leads to cancer. The BMP signalling pathway is a key therapeutic[…]

Postdoctoral position in Developmental Neurobiology in Barcelona

Posted by on November 24th, 2015

We are seeking for highly motivated and enthusiastic candidates interested in understanding how tissue compartmentalization and cell fate decisions take place in the Central Nervous System during embryonic development. The project will focus in understanding the genetic mechanisms involved in the control of the cellular fate using zebrafish embryos as a model. Experience on molecular[…]

Two Neuro-PhD Positions in Manchester: Mathematical Modelling & Neurodegeneration

Posted by on November 21st, 2015

Two positions are available as part of two Research Council-funded doctoral training programmes at The University of Manchester, the first one supported by the BBSRC and the second one by the MRC. Both projects involve work on the fruit fly Drosophila as a highly efficient and relevant model organism to study fundamental mechanisms of neuronal[…]

BSDB Gurdon Summer Studentship Report (4)

Posted by on November 20th, 2015

In 2014, the British Society of Developmental Biology (BSDB) has initiated the Gurdon Summer Studentship program with the intention to provide highly motivated students with exceptional qualities and a strong interest in Developmental Biology an opportunity to engage in practical research. Each year, 10 successful applicants spend 8 weeks in the research laboratories of their[…]

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurodevelopment

Posted by on November 19th, 2015

Applications are invited from highly motivated and creative individuals who are interested in studying fundamental mechanisms of neuronal migration and axon guidance. The main focus of our research is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the development of neural circuits using the embryonic spinal cord as a model system ( The fellowship is[…]

Organ Design 101: Discovering the rules for building a pancreas

Posted by on November 19th, 2015

As we develop from wads of cells to fully formed humans, each of our organs goes through intricate processes to achieve the right combination and number of cells arranged in the proper way. Research published in PLoS Biology by Yung Hae Kim and her colleagues looks at the development of our hormone-oozing pancreas, which assists[…]