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Apply for a grant to study knockout mice

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016

The MRC has now launched its first, cross-Board Call for Pump Priming Awards for preliminary research using IMPC knockout mice ( The aim of this initiative is to capitalise on MRC’s (and others’) investments in the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) ( and make best use of the resources, data and tools available. The expectation[…]

Reflecting on the student & postdoc events at the BSCB/BSDB Spring Meeting

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016

Last year, the BSDB carried out a student and postdoc survey (see here), and the results clearly highlighted the need for more dedicated program items for young researchers on BSDB conferences. In response, the BSDB student rep Alex Ashcroft, the BSCB postdoc rep Alexis Barr, and the BSDB postdoc rep  Michelle Ware took initiative and[…]

A mouse embryo atlas using HREM data

Posted by on May 23rd, 2016

For the first time, a reference mouse embryo atlas has been created using HREM image data. For other embryo imaging methods such as micro-CT, a reference embryo atlas has previously been shown to be the basis of automated phenotyping (Wong et al, 2014). This new work (a collaboration between the DMDD programme and the Mouse[…]

Post-doc position on evolution of non-embryonic developments in urochordates

Posted by on May 22nd, 2016

A 15 months postdoctoral position is available at the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer -LBDV (UPMC – Sorbonne Universités). We are seeking a highly motivated and passionate researcher to join a 5-years international project, DEVODIVERSITY, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherché (ANR) and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP).   By using molecular[…]

Carthew & Mani Labs Postdoc Search

Posted by on May 20th, 2016

The Carthew and Mani Labs are looking to hire a joint postdoc with familiarity in live-imaging and quantitative analysis. Building on the expertise of both labs, the goal of the project is to construct a live imaging platform for eye development with a view to explore the coupled dynamics of cell-cell signaling, mechanical forces, and[…]

Madrid Adventure to Study Autophagy in Melanoma Stem Cells

Posted by on May 20th, 2016

I am hugely grateful to the Journal of Cell Science and the Company of Biologists for awarding me a traveling fellowship to visit the laboratory of Dr Guillermo Velasco at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. During this visit I gained a greater understating of the skills and techniques used to manipulate autophagy regulatory pathways within[…]

2nd Postdoc Position in Evo-Devo and Macroevolution

Posted by on May 20th, 2016

2nd Postdoc Position in Evo-Devo and Macroevolution Hiring Organization: Howard University Date Posted: 2016-05-19 Position Description: Postdoctoral Position in Evo-Devo and Macroevolution Apart from the position posted a few days ago, we are happy to announce that a 2nd postdoctoral researcher is sought to join the Rui Diogo lab (, at the Howard University College[…]

Visualizing our ‘gut instinct’

Posted by on May 19th, 2016

How on earth do we turn into a living, breathing, singing, speaking being, from just the fusion of two cells? Development is fascinating and mysterious. Stem cells are one component of how this intricate process unfolds, allowing the embryo to not have every type of cell from the start. Imagine if the only way our[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Lymphatic Biology

Posted by on May 19th, 2016

POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS are available to study different aspects of lymphatic biology in health and disease, including the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling the development of the of the lymphatic vasculature in mice, endothelial cell plasticity and reprogramming, as well as different aspects of lymphatic function in metabolic diseases. Highly motivated individuals who recently obtained a[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 143, Issue 10)

Posted by on May 17th, 2016

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   How the zebrafish got its tail Posterior axis elongation is a crucial process during metazoan development. In principle, axial extension can be driven either by tissue growth or by tissue rearrangement – or by a combination of the two. In vertebrates, studies based primarily[…]