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The people behind the papers: Amelia Joy Thompson, Sarah K Foster & Kristian Franze

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

Today’s paper comes from the latest issue of Nature Neuroscience, and shows that in addition to chemical cues, mechanical signals are vital for axon pathfinding during brain development. We caught up with PI Kristian Franze from the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge, and two of the paper’s four lead authors, Amelia[…]

An interview with David McClay

Posted by on November 30th, 2016

This interview by Aidan Maartens first appeared in Development Volume 143, Issue 23.   David McClay is the Arthur S. Pearse Professor of Biology at Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, North Carolina. His lab works on the transcriptional control of morphogenesis in the sea urchin embryo. We caught up with David at[…]

The people behind the papers: James Nichols

Posted by on November 29th, 2016

Today’s paper comes from the latest issue of Development, and reveals a link between phenotypic variability, cell fate switching and epigenetic silencing in zebrafish. Lead author James T. Nichols, who carried out the work in Charles Kimmel’s lab in Euegene, Oregon and is now an Assistant Professor in UC Denver’s School of Dental Medicine, gave us the story behind[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 143, Issue 23)

Posted by on November 29th, 2016

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development:   Syndecan 4 lets lymphatic endothelial cells go with the flow Fluid flow is known to play a role in the development and remodelling of both blood and lymphatic vessels. But how is fluid flow sensed and transduced into a response? Here, Michael Simons and[…]

Open Science Communicator

Posted by on November 29th, 2016

We are seeking a successful and young postdoc candidate who can figure as Open Science Communicator at the Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO of the University of Trento. The candidate will have the chance to apply, jointly with CIBIO, to a 3-years project aimed to communicate knowledge and innovation generated at CIBIO and to[…]

The flies of Saint Narcís and other animals (and plants, and bacteria) in Girona

Posted by on November 28th, 2016

In October I travelled to Girona, an old Catalan city surrounded by wooded hills a hundred kilometres north of Barcelona, for the 11th meeting of the Spanish Society for Developmental Biology (SEBD). The meeting was jointly organised with the SEBD’s neighbours, the Portuguese Society for Developmental Biology, and also the Spanish Society for Cell Biology,[…]

Postdoctoral Scientist in Fish Heart Regeneration – University of Oxford

Posted by on November 28th, 2016

Postdoctoral Scientist in Fish Heart Regeneration Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Oxford Grade 7: Salary in the range £31,076 – £32,004 p.a. Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to join Professor Mathilda Mommersteeg’s laboratory to work on a project focussed on identifying the mechanisms underlying fish heart regeneration using the Mexican cavefish,[…]

The 3D atlas of human development

Posted by on November 28th, 2016

“It’s fair to say that we currently know more about the moon than about our own embryonic development. The current textbooks all show the same kind of images based on a few embryonic specimens from the 1930s. Some of those are not even human embryos. New version of these books keep using those images, often[…]

Sheffield STORM symposium – 11th Jan 2017

Posted by on November 25th, 2016

We are delighted to invite you to our one-day STORM symposium, which aims to bring together expertise from fields of biology and physics as well as microscope software engineers to discuss the challenge of Stochastic Optical Reconstruction Microscopy (STORM). This symposium is aimed at those researchers who are currently using STORM. We aim to provide a platform for[…]

A Fusion of Art and Science

Posted by on November 24th, 2016

Cytokinetic Abscission In the final step of cell division, the bridge connecting the cells is cut to give rise to two separate daughter cells – a fascinating process I have been working on since I started my PhD. This is a variation of my very first science-themed drawing, which I overlaid with an immunofluorescence staining labeling[…]