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A day in the life

A day in the life…

Developmental biology is characterised by the diversity of organisms we put under the microscope. Each one comes with its own strengths and challenges, quirks and even personalities, and researchers often develop a close affinity with their particular model. Our ‘A day in the life’ series gives insights into what it is like to work with a given organism, day in, day out, as well as showcasing the particular questions the organism is most suited to address.

Recent posts

A Day in the Life of a Sea Urchin Lab

Posted by , on 17 February 2014

Hi! I’m Tanvi, a third year PhD student in the Ettensohn Lab at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. The big question our lab is concerned with is how …
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A day in the life of an Ascidian Lab

Posted by , on 10 February 2014

Dear The Node readers, We are Alicia (1st year PhD student) and Marion (3rd year PhD student) and we work in an ascidian lab at CNRS, Montpellier in France. Alicia’s …

A day in the life of an Arabidopsis lab

Posted by , on 6 February 2014

I, Narender Kumar, am a graduate student in Prof John C. Larkin’s lab. Our lab is located in the Life Sciences Building on the main campus of Louisiana State University …

A day in the life of a Parhyale Lab

Posted by , on 27 January 2014

A typical day spent in our lab’s aquarium room will find me soaked, top-to-bottom, in seawater. The other members of my lab seem not to have this issue, but I’ve …

A day in the life of… a chick lab

Posted by , on 21 November 2013

Hi I’m Steve and I work in the Sensory Development lab at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan. We study the development of the chick inner ear. …

A day in the life of a moss lab

Posted by , on 15 November 2013

I am James Lloyd and have just finished my PhD at the University of Leeds, UK working with Prof Brendan Davies (plant developmental biologist) and Dr Andrew Cuming (moss biologist). …

A day in the life of a Drosophila lab

Posted by , on 28 October 2013

My name is Nana and I’m a third year PhD student at the MRC National Institute for Medical Research in London. Our lab is in the Division of Molecular Neurobiology—so …

A day in the life of…a mouse lab

Posted by , on 11 October 2013

I work at the National Institute for Medical Research in London. My project is currently investigating the cues governing development of the limb, with an emphasis on cartilage patterning in …

Featured movie: going underwater with Parhyale, from Erin Jarvis’ post

Updated on 16 March 2021