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Pre-trained Machine Learning Models for Developmental Biology

Posted by on October 29th, 2019

Pre-trained Models for Developmental Biology Authors: Bradly Alicea, Richard Gordon, Abraham Kohrmann, Jesse Parent, Vinay Varma Our virtual discussion group (DevoWormML) has been exploring a number of topics related to the use of pre-trained models in machine learning (specifically deep learning). Pre-trained models such as GPT-2 [1], pix2pix [2], and OpenPose [3] are used for[…]

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Faculty Position in Developmental Biology at Auburn University

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

The Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position beginning Fall 2020 at the rank of Assistant Professor in Developmental Biology with an emphasis in either Plant or Vertebrate/Terrestrial Systems.   We seek highly collaborative candidates who will examine fundamental mechanisms governing developmental processes. A successful candidate is expected[…]

MRC WIMM Prize PhD Studentships 2020

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

The MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine (WIMM) has fully funded 4-year Prize PhD (DPhil) Studentships available to start in October 2020. These Studentships are open to outstanding students of any nationality who wish to train in experimental and/or computational biology. The Institute is a world leading molecular and cell biology centre that focuses on[…]

“My balance comes from instability” thought Herzog (Saul Bellow, Herzog)

Posted by on October 28th, 2019

A bit of background The dependence of a protein’s function on its structure is a well-known phenomenon. Back in 1970’s, it was suggested that most proteins would fold into one energetically stable or favorable conformational state in the cell determined by their primary amino acid sequence. This led to the notion of “one sequence to[…]

Starvation halts brain development, but hungry cells jump-start growth when food becomes available

Posted by on October 25th, 2019

In research that holds potential for prenatal health and brain injury, Scripps Research scientists identify cellular workings that stop and restart early brain development. Press release from Scripps Research, La Jolla.  We all know that food is essential to healthy development of the brain and body, especially in the earliest stages of life. But exactly[…]

Genetics Unzipped – When ‘Becky’ met Bateson: Edith Rebecca Saunders, the mother of British plant genetics

Posted by on October 24th, 2019

Unearthing the story of Edith Rebecca Saunders, the ‘mother of British plant genetics’.

A gnawing question: which cells are responsible for tooth renewal and regeneration?

Posted by on October 23rd, 2019

By Amnon Sharir (UCSF), Allon M Klein (HMS), Ophir D Klein (UCSF) As most mouse geneticists know, treating a rodent with malocclusion of its front teeth can be a Sisyphean task: as much as one trims the tooth, it grows right back within a few days (Figure 1). The basis of this often-frustrating situation is that[…]

Postdoc Position to work on Regeneration

Posted by on October 23rd, 2019

The Echeverri lab at the MBL seeks a highly motivated individual to join the Eugene Bell Center for Regenerative Biology and Tissue Engineering as a Postdoctoral Researcher.  The successful candidate will work on neurodegeneration and regeneration in axolotls. The specific goal of the project is to examine how pathways that are essential for regeneration have[…]

Postdoc positions in Drosophila neurobiology

Posted by on October 23rd, 2019

Two postdoc positions are available at Columbia University’s  Zuckerman Institute in New York City. Both positions focus on Drosophila neuroscience. One aims to better understand how adult neural circuits are assembled during development (e.g. Venkatasubramanian et al.); the second studies how these circuits are used as adult flies walk (e.g. Howard et al.). Please email[…]

Bioinformatics postdoctoral position in single-cell genomics, University of Basel, Switzerland

Posted by on October 22nd, 2019

A fully funded bioinformatics postdoctoral position is available in the Laboratory of Regulatory Evolution (Tschopp lab) at DUW Zoology, University of Basel, Switzerland. We study the gene regulatory mechanisms of cell fate specification in the vertebrate skeleton. Depending on anatomical location, the vertebrate skeleton develops from three distinct progenitor populations – neural crest, somitic and[…]