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A day in the life of a Termite lab

Posted by on May 31st, 2019

How do genes and their environment interact during development and evolution to generate phenotypic diversity? To answer these questions in the Miura lab, by focusing on diverse animal taxa, we are studying physiological and developmental mechanisms of phenotypic changes in animal life cycles in response to environmental shifts. By the way, I’m Kohei Oguchi, a[…]

‘Let your science guide you’ – DanStem podcast with Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith

Posted by on May 28th, 2019

‘Let your science guide you’ – An inspiring interview with Professor Anne Ferguson-Smith, a mammalian developmental geneticist. Professor Ferguson-Smith is the Head of the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge. Professor Ferguson-Smith is an authority on genomic imprinting and the epigenetic control of genome function in health and disease, and is recognised for her work on parental-origin effects and epigenetic[…]

Travelling Fellowships from The Company of Biologists: Deadline approaching!

Posted by on May 28th, 2019

The Company of Biologists’ journals – Development, Journal of Cell Science, Journal of Experimental Biology and Disease Models & Mechanisms – offer Travelling Fellowships of up to £2,500 to graduate students and post-doctoral researchers wishing to make collaborative visits to other laboratories. These are designed to offset the cost of travel and other expenses. There is no restriction on nationality. They really[…]

The people behind the papers – Heidi Connahs, Sham Tlili, Timothy Saunders and Antónia Monteiro

Posted by on May 28th, 2019

This interview, the 63rd in our series, was recently published in Development Butterfly eyespots are striking examples of animal patterning, but their developmental origins are still relatively poorly understood. A new paper in Development– the result of a collaboration between two Singapore-based labs – now combines CRISPR-Cas9 gene targeting with theoretical modelling to address the role of the[…]

Neuroscience post-doctoral position in Boston to study mouse peripheral nervous system in vivo.

Posted by on May 24th, 2019

The Clark  and Monaghan Laboratory at Northeastern University are seeking a postdoc for an NIH-funded project to image acetylcholine in the mouse peripheral nervous system. This project is an exciting opportunity to use novel fluorescent imaging to image neural communication in vivo to understand nerve-organ interactions. Experience in mouse neurobiology and in vivo imaging is desirable. Interested[…]

preLists – charting the waters of the preprint sea

Posted by on May 24th, 2019

We are happy to announce the launch of preLists, a new initiative within preLights where early-career researchers curate lists of preprints for the community. These lists follow two main themes: preprints on a specific topic or preprints which have been presented at scientific meetings. preLighters can also add brief one-liner summaries to each preprint, and[…]

The Young Embryologist Network Conference 2019: Meeting Summary

Posted by on May 24th, 2019

Since the Young Embryologist Network (YEN) was established in 2008, its annual conference grows from strength to strength, and thanks to the introduction of travel grants in 2017, the YEN meeting now welcomes an international delegation of attendees studying a variety of developmental problems. YEN conferences are special because they organised by early career researchers[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: The Seeds of a Great Idea

Posted by on May 23rd, 2019

We take the train with William Bateson, seek the secrets of snapdragons and build an army of MinIONs.

The people behind the papers – Li-Juan Duan and Guo-Hua Fong

Posted by on May 23rd, 2019

This interview, the 62nd in our series, was recently published in Development Vascular development critically involves pruning, which helps to remodel an immature network containing excess microvessels into a mature and functioning one. The mechanisms of vascular remodelling and the relationship between the endothelial cells and the other cell types with which they are closely associated are,[…]

Postdoctoral Fellowship-Retinal Regeneration

Posted by on May 22nd, 2019

The Poché Lab is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate/fellow with experience in mouse retinal developmental biology, regeneration, and transcriptome analysis. This position is focused on the study of the molecular mechanisms blocking mammalian Müller glial cell (MG)-mediated retinal regeneration. Our long-term goal is to determine whether the mouse retina retains latent regenerative potential,[…]