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Burning down the house II- not-so-bad ideas

Posted by on November 18th, 2015

This Sticky Wicket article first featured in Journal of Cell Science. Read other articles and cartoons of Mole & Friends here.       “No visible means of support, and you have not seen nothing yet. Everything stuck together. Dum dee dum dum dum dee dum, Baby what do you expect?” Hey, we’re back. And no,[…]

Post-translational regulation of epidermal morphogenesis

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

My laboratory is looking for PhD students to study the roles of SUMO proteases in embryogenesis. Our goal is to reveal the main targets of these enzymes during epidermal morphogenesis in C. elegans and their mode of regulation. Highly motivated candidates with a Master degree in biological sciences and an interest in cell biology, genetics, and/or developmental[…]

Developing a new look

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

This editorial first appeared in Development, and it was authored by Olivier Pourquié, Katherine Brown and Claire Moulton.   As you might have noticed, Development has been looking a little different recently, with a new website and a new masthead for the journal (see Box 1 for elements of our new branding). These changes mark the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 142, Issue 22)

Posted by on November 17th, 2015

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Nodal: sustaining Shh expression Underlying the developing vertebrate forebrain is the prechordal mesoderm, which secretes sonic hedgehog (Shh) at a precise developmental time. The tight temporal regulation of this morphogen is crucial for the specification of several ventral cell types in the forebrain. However,[…]

PhD and postdoc positions at IST Austria

Posted by on November 16th, 2015

PhD and postdoc positions are currently available in the lab of Anna Kicheva at IST Austria, working on vertebrate neural tube development. Candidates with background in developmental, cell or molecular biology or at the interface between biophysics and biology are encouraged to apply. During development, tissues increase considerably in size at the same time as[…]

Post-doctoral Research Associate, UCL, in London

Posted by on November 13th, 2015

We are seeking to appoint a Post-doctoral Research Associate to undertake research on the molecular mechanisms of eye induction/development and in vitro eye construction from mammalian stem cells with Prof. Shin-ichi Ohnuma. The work brings together a range of multi-disciplinary approaches including in vivo analysis of Xenopus eye development, in vitro stem cell biology, and[…]

4 Yr PhD Programme in Developmental Mechanisms

Posted by on November 13th, 2015

Applications are open for the Wellcome Trust funded four year PhD programme in Developmental Mechanisms at Cambridge. We are looking for talented, motivated graduates or final year undergraduates, and are keen to attract outstanding applicants in the biological sciences, who are committed to doing a PhD.  We are able to fund both EU and non-EU[…]

New SDB Grants Initiatives

Posted by on November 10th, 2015

The Society for Developmental Biology has established several new small grant programs for the developmental biology community. SDB Innovation Grant – to develop innovative tools and methods with the potential to have a broad impact on the developmental biology community – Deadlines: December 1 and May 31 SDB Emerging Models Grant – to develop techniques,[…]

Post-doctoral researcher in heart development, Paris, France

Posted by on November 10th, 2015

In the Institut Imagine and Institut Pasteur, Paris France, the laboratory of Sigolène Meilhac is interested in the mechanism of heart morphogenesis. We focus on the regulation of cell behaviour by combining mouse genetics, quantitative analyses in 3D, cell and molecular biology. Following from previous work in the team identifying a novel regulation of Hippo[…]

A new look at the (microscopic) world- 350 years since Hooke’s landmark book

Posted by on November 9th, 2015

  ‘These pores, or cells, were not very deep, but consisted of a great many little Boxes … [they] were indeed the first microscopical pores I ever saw, and perhaps, that were ever seen’   Last month I was fortunate enough to attend the conference ‘Cell: from Robert Hooke to Cell Therapy- a 350 year[…]