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Introducing introductory biology students to primary scientific literature: why it matters

Posted by on February 19th, 2019

A successful undergraduate science education includes teaching students science process skills, including critical analysis of primary scientific literature (PSL). Unfortunately, the use of PSL in the classroom remains limited due to several barriers. These include students struggling with the actual practice of science (as opposed to the purely linear scientific method presented in textbooks), the[…]

The 1st Crick-Beddington Developmental Biology Symposium: Meeting Summary

Posted by on February 15th, 2019

  The Francis Crick Institute held the 1st Crick-Beddington Developmental Biology Symposium last week, beginning on Monday the 4th of February. The two-day meeting was held in honour of the memory of leading UK embryologist, Rosa Beddington FRS (right), head of the Division of Mammalian Development at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)[…]

Surprise findings turn up the temperature on the study of vernalization

Posted by on February 15th, 2019

Press Release from the John Innes Centre (link) New evidence has emerged about the agriculturally important process of vernalization in a development that could help farmers deal with financially damaging weather fluctuations.     Vernalization is the process by which plants require prolonged exposure to cold temperature before they transition from the vegetative state to[…]

Postdoctoral position in Airway Biology Lab at Harvard University

Posted by on February 14th, 2019

The Park laboratory has an immediate opening for postdoctoral fellow positions in the Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The focus of our research is to examine the role of airway epithelial cells in health and disease. We recently discovered striking phenotypical changes of[…]

Postdoctoral position in Live Imaging Early Mammalian Development

Posted by on February 14th, 2019

The Posfai Lab (www.posfailab.org) at Princeton University is looking to recruit a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow. Our group studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms of cell fate choice and morphogenesis during early embryonic development, using the preimplantation mouse embryo as a model system. Our main approach is combining genetic engineering and quantitative, high-resolution live imaging[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Molecular Regulation of Developmental Cardiac Physiology

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

The Bressan Laboratory (www.bressanlab.com) at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill is inviting applications for a postdoctoral fellow interested in developmental Cell Biology and Physiology research. The focus of the position will be to explore the genetic and molecular events that control cellular diversity during cardiovascular development. Specifically, candidates will conduct direct in vivo[…]

User-friendly p-values

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

A good statistic is the one that you can understand. Mean values are understandable and everybody knows how to calculate them. Most people also realize how the mean value can be skewed by an outlier. So we know what the mean represents and we are aware of its limitations. In sharp contrast, the Null Hypothesis[…]

“En Fase Experimental”: a fresh podcast with an insiders view of science

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

Every fortnight, between the British Library and the St Pancras station, inside a wooden room in the ground floor of the Francis Crick Institute, four scientists discuss the present breakthroughs in science. Unlike other discussions happening in this room, this one will reach many other Spanish-speaking people around the world. We are talking about “En[…]

PHD STUDENT AND POST-DOCTORAL POSITIONS IN BIOINFORMATICS OR FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

PhD student and postdoc positions available in the laboratory headed by Prof. Jussi Taipale and Dr. Norman Zielke at the Finnish Center of Excellence in Tumor Genetics Research (CoETG) at the University of Helsinki. https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/avoimet-tyopaikat/post-doctoral-position-in-bioinformatics-or-functional-genomics https://www.helsinki.fi/fi/avoimet-tyopaikat/phd-student-position-in-bioinformatics-or-functional-genomics Our laboratory employs diverse systems-biology approaches to understand how tissue-specific transcription factors collaborate with oncogenic signals to drive cell[…]

Clones in bones – Looking for international PhD applicant at Monash University

Posted by on February 13th, 2019

International PhD student opportunity – Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute. Monash University Studying the clonal dynamics of cartilage stem cells during normal and perturbed bone growth   Looking for an international PhD applicant to be enrolled in Monash University doctoral program under the supervision of Dr Alberto Rosello-Diez (http://www.rosellodiezlab.com and https://www.armi.org.au/research-leadership/rosello-diez-group). Long bones grow by forming[…]