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The people behind the papers – Dan Dickinson

Posted by on September 29th, 2017

Cell polarisation is crucial for normal development and controlled by complex molecular interactions in the cytoplasm and at the membrane. Today we feature a paper recently published in Developmental Cell that describes  a single-cell biochemistry technique and its insights into polarity protein dynamics the developing worm embryo. We caught up with first author Dan Dickinson, who carried out the work as a postdoc[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Stem Cell & Brain Epigenomics at UC Davis School of Medicine

Posted by on September 28th, 2017

An NIH-funded postdoctoral fellow position is open at UC Davis School of Medicine. The postdoc opening is in the Knoepfler Lab. The focus of research will be on stem cell epigenomics, particularly as it relates to pluripotency, neural differentiation, and oncogenic transformation. Approaches will include functional genomics assays such as ChIP-Seq, chromatin conformation capture, CRISPR genetics work,[…]

Layered patterning systems in hair development

Posted by on September 28th, 2017

The story behind our recent paper  ‘Hierarchical patterning modes orchestrate hair follicle morphogenesis‘ , finding that distinct patterning mechanisms can co-exist during embryonic organ formation.   From the spots of a leopard and stripes on a zebra to the pigmentation of sea shells and arrangement of sand dunes in a desert, repeating patterns are present[…]

Evo-devo music

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

It’s rare to see your working life captured in a music video.  This made me happy, I hope you enjoy it. Click the title above. (+4 rating, 4 votes)Loading…

Postdoctoral Training Fellow – Quantitative Biology

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

SUMMARY   An exciting interdisciplinary opportunity has come up in the newly established Quantitative Cell Biology laboratory headed by Dr Silvia Santos. We are seeking a creative, highly motivated postdoc with a strong quantitative background, who enjoys working in a collaborative research environment, to investigate how cells decode signals and irreversibly commit to different cell[…]

PokeMods! An educational outreach initiative

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

  Getting the next generation of scientists excited about Biology is an important part of our jobs as researchers. To that end Karine Nedoncelle, Aurelien Doucet and I created PokeMod cards. Each card features a model organism and highlights some of its contribution to the field of biology. The cards are easy to deploy at[…]

Investigating family trees in the fetal pancreas reveals that some cells contribute more than others

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

Organs develop from a few founding cells that divide to produce descendants. In a recent study published in the journal Nature Communications, the group of Professor Anne Grapin-Botton at DanStem shows that some of the cells in the community forming the pancreas will make large family trees while others will generate a few daughters or[…]

Postdoctoral Training Fellow – Eva-Maria Frickel Lab

Posted by on September 27th, 2017

An exciting role has come up to be a part of a pioneering biomedical research institute, dedicated to innovation and science. Dr Frickel’s laboratory focuses on elucidating the immune mechanisms targeting the parasite Toxoplasma gondii, as well as deciphering pathways mediated by immune-activated large GTPases. Dr Frickel is seeking a talented and motivated postdoc to[…]

Research Assistant/Associate post at University College London

Posted by on September 26th, 2017

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate within the Division of Infection & Immunity at UCL in Dr Gillian Tomlinson’s laboratory. We are seeking a highly motivated individual interested in integrating cutting-edge human and zebrafish models to study the immunopathogenesis of tuberculosis. The post is funded by a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship entitled[…]

“Skype a Scientist” – 30 minutes well spent

Posted by on September 26th, 2017

I recently participated in “Skype a Scientist” – a program self-described as one that “matches scientists with classrooms” and “give(s) students the opportunity to get to know a ‘real scientist’”. Pretty accurate. Basically, if a scientist signs up, she will be matched with a k-12 classroom somewhere around the world. After some coordination with the[…]