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Research Associate in understanding the role of heterogeneity in development

Posted by on February 23rd, 2016   We are seeking an enthusiastic and outstanding postdoctoral researcher to join a multidisciplinary team led by Prof. Chris Thompson.  This project aims to address the role and regulation of heterogeneity in development using Dictyostelium discoideum as a model system. Dictyosteliumpermits a uniquely powerful combination of approaches to be applied (e.g. imaging, informatics, genetics)[…]

Identification of a mechanism by which cells interact with their milieu

Posted by on February 23rd, 2016

Researchers at IRB Barcelona and CSIC discover a mechanism through which the cells of an organism interact with their extracellular matrix   The cells of an organism interact not only with each other but with the extracellular matrix that surrounds them. Increasing evidence is unveiling the relevance of this structure—which is secreted by the cells[…]

PhD in Fetal Alcohol Syndrome starting September 2016 in University College Dublin, Ireland.

Posted by on February 22nd, 2016

A PhD opportunity is available in the area of Developmental Biology/Teratology (starting September 2016) under the Medical Traineeship in Anatomy scheme in University College Dublin, Ireland. The project will be focused on investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. The medical trainee will be required to undertake a higher degree and also teach Anatomy within the[…]

From our sister journals- February 2016

Posted by on February 22nd, 2016

Here is some developmental biology related content from other journals published by The Company of Biologists.           Using the developmental biology toolkit to study cancer Aiello and Stanger review the similarities between embryogenesis and cancer progression and discuss how the concepts and techniques of developmental biology are being applied to provide insight into[…]

Postdoctoral Research Associate (Hendrich Lab)

Posted by on February 22nd, 2016

Department/Location: Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge Salary: £28,982-£29,847 Reference: PS08402 Closing date: 20 March 2016 Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance. The Wellcome Trust – Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute at the University of Cambridge provides outstanding[…]

Do you want to run the Node?

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

Cat Vicente, who many of you will know as the Node’s Community Manager, is moving on to exciting new ventures. We’re really sorry to see her go – I’m sure you’ll agree that Cat has done a fantastic job running the Node over the past few years and she’ll be sorely missed, but we wish[…]

New Community Manager for the Node

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

The Company of Biologists and its journal Development are seeking to appoint a new Community Manager to run its successful community website the Node and the journal’s social media activities. Launched in 2010, the Node is the place for the developmental biology community to share news, discuss issues relevant to the field and read about the[…]

PhD position available in the Prud’homme lab (Marseille, France)

Posted by on February 18th, 2016

Evolution of the gene regulatory network controlling wing pigmentation patterns in Drosophila We are looking for a PhD student to study the evolution of the gene regulatory network controlling the formation of a wing pigmentation pattern in Drosophila species. This wing spot has emerged from a spot-less ancestor, around 15 millions years ago, and then[…]

A day in the life of a Spider Lab

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

We (Anna Schönauer, Daniel Leite and Christian Bonatto) are PhD students in Alistair McGregor’s group ( at Oxford Brookes University, and it is a pleasure to briefly present our research on spiders. The university is located up on Headington Hill, from where we can look out across the beautiful spires of the great academic city[…]

Forgotten classics- T. H. Morgan and planarian regeneration

Posted by on February 16th, 2016

  Morgan, T.H. (1898) Experimental studies of the regeneration of Planaria maculata. Archiv für Entwicklungsmechanik der Organismen 7, 364-397 Recommended by Alejandro Sánchez Alvarado (Stowers Institute)   Some classic papers are only cited a few times, and the work therein has been largely forgotten. But that does not mean these works are not worth revisiting.[…]