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The people behind the papers – Ding Li and Jianbo Wang

Posted by on November 29th, 2019

This interview, the 72nd in our series, was recently published in Development.  Heart development in mammals is a beautifully complex process. Patterning, proliferation and differentiation are all coordinated with cell movements and tissue morphogenesis (for instance elongation, fusion, folding, looping). However, our knowledge of the molecular regulators of heart development currently outstrips what we know about the[…]

Research technician position in the Department of Tissue Dynamics & Regeneration

Posted by on November 26th, 2019

The Department of Tissue Dynamics & Regeneration (@ Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry) is recruiting a new research technician! The department of Dr. Jochen Rink studies the fascinating ability of planarian flatworms to regenerate complete animals from tiny tissue pieces. The department employs a broad range of techniques to understand the molecular mechanisms of[…]

Post-Doc Position: Alternative-Splicing and RNA isoform expression in Wnt signalling

Posted by on November 25th, 2019

We are looking for an RNA molecular biologist/molecular developmental biologist (three years, BBSRC funded, mostly based in Aberdeen) (apply by 5 January 2020,–391526.html) This project will study alternative transcript expression, splicing and function of TCF/LEF genes in the Wnt signalling pathway. This is a close collaboration with the research group of David Ferrier at[…]

Post-doctoral Positions in Neuroelectronics and Engineering at Northeastern University

Posted by on November 25th, 2019

The Fang research group ( seeks outstanding candidates to fill TWO post-doctoral positions in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Northeastern University in Boston, USA. The candidates will be working on research projects related to soft neural interfaces.   The post-doctoral candidates should meet the basic requirements of training/expertise as described below: In[…]

BBSRC PhD position: Wnt signalling in neural crest development.

Posted by on November 22nd, 2019

A BBSRC-funded PhD studentship is available for a joint project between the labs of Steffen Scholpp, Living Systems Institute, University of Exeter ( and Robert Kelsh, University of Bath ( Dissecting the function of Wnt signalling in zebrafish neural crest development. Project Description The neural crest (NC) is a stem-cell-like cell population, which is unique to[…]

Living Systems Institute Exeter opens new PhD programme! Apply now!

Posted by on November 22nd, 2019

Modern scientific innovation involves the integration of diverse disciplines and the bridging of pure and application-oriented research. This requires a new generation of bioscientists who are trained to think and experiment beyond traditional boundaries. The recently established Living Systems Institute (LSI), University of Exeter, provides this opportunity by housing world-leading Biologists, Physicists, Mathematicians, Computational Scientists[…]

EDBC 2019: preprints workshop

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

For the first time in 20 years, researchers from across the continent gathered for the European Developmental Biology Congress in Alicante, Spain (October 23-26 2019). Fortunately, we won’t have to wait another 20 years for the next one – it will be held next in the UK in 2023. But in addition to a fantastic[…]

How do new cell types evolve? Sea urchins show the way….

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

We know surprisingly little about how evolution has created new cell types. One of the best examples of a recently evolved cell type comes from early sea urchin development. Most sea urchins produce a group of early embryonic cells known as micromeres- four small blastomeres that form by unequal cell division at the vegetal pole[…]

The Company of Biologists announces pilot transitional open access agreement with Jisc

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

The Company of Biologists, publisher of Development, is excited to announce a two-year pilot transitional open access (OA) agreement with Jisc from January 2020. The ‘Read and Publish’ deal will permit researchers at participating institutions unlimited access to all three subscription journals from The Company of Biologists, including the full archive dating back as far as 1853,[…]

Post-doctoral position investigating cell biology of neurogenesis using human iPSCs

Posted by on November 20th, 2019

A short-term post-doc position is available with Professor Kate Storey, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee – immediately until 31 January 2021, with some flexibility if required. There may also be a possibility to extend this end date. The project involves developing our ongoing work with a human iPS cell derived neural differentiation assay[…]