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About: Patricia

Patricia recently finished a postdoc at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, studying transcriptional regulation and enhancers during development, and has now started the scientific communication company The English Edition. She still has a soft spot in her heart for retinoic acid signalling, the subject of her PhD thesis.

Posts by Patricia:

TED Talk Biology Round-up

Posted by on August 21st, 2013

TED is a conference series of mostly amazing speakers across diverse fields in science, business, technology, culture, and global issues. They post tons of the talks on their website,, and not only do they have a full array of fascinating subject material, but they’re also a source of inspiration if you’re looking for ways to[…]

Retinoic Acid Gradient Directly Visualized During Zebrafish Gastrulation

Posted by on April 11th, 2013

Retinoic acid is one of the most important signaling molecules during development, and that the embryo gets the right levels of this small molecule is critical. Too much or too little, and the basic patterning of the nervous system and many other organs goes terribly wrong. Indeed, you have to think for a bit to[…]

myIDP (Individual Development Plan) by Science Careers

Posted by on February 21st, 2013

The myIDP (Individual Development Plan)  is career aptitude test and career planning site for scientists developed by Science Careers. I recently changed careers, starting my own scientific writing company after a postdoc in developmental biology, so I was interested to see how the software worked. The first thing you do is go through a few[…]

SBD 2012 Annual Meeting Highlights

Posted by on July 23rd, 2012

Montreal is open and friendly, and this spirit was captured by the 71st annual SDB meeting that just wrapped up in this great city. The conference atmosphere was relaxed and open, with a lot of unpublished work presented, and thoughtful and productive question periods. Many different fields were represented by developmental biologists hailing from all[…]