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Bioinformatics challenges in multidisciplinary research

Posted by on May 27th, 2020

Currently, bioinformatics is playing an increasingly important role in life science research. Biologists, clinicians and biomedical researchers have become more dependent on bioinformatics outcomes. Despite the crucial role of bioinformatics in accomplishing multidisciplinary projects, collaborations between biologists and bioinformaticians encounter several difficulties. Here, I outline different types of collaborations and provide an overview of how[…]

Getting involved in peer review

Posted by on May 19th, 2020

In pre-COVID19 times, back when conferences happened largely in person, early career researchers (ECRs) often asked me how they could get more direct invitations to be a reviewer. Peer review is a crucial part of the publishing ecosystem and therefore it’s not uncommon for group leaders to invite members of their lab to review articles[…]

Shaping the embryo towards gastrulation

Posted by on May 13th, 2020

Kyprianou, C., Christodoulou, N., Hamilton, R.S. et al. Basement membrane remodelling regulates mouse embryogenesis. Nature (2020). doi.org/10.1038/s41586-020-2264-2 Morphogenesis is a complicated network of processes that involve cell shape changes, cell movements and division patterns. While these are part of the intricate game that gives rise to tissue shapes, there is another element that is now emerging[…]

Developmental Biology Write Club, Post #1

Posted by on May 8th, 2020

Hello!  Recently, I’ve been tweeting writer’s advice from @jbwallingford using the hashtag: #DevBiolWriteClub.  I’m psyched that The Node is now letting me add a little depth to this venture.  In this first post, I’ll start by managing some expectations.   If you’ve followed #DevBiolWriteClub on Twitter, you might recall that one of my earliest tweets[…]

Scientific conference reform: scientists respond to Sarabipour et al. 2020

Posted by on April 28th, 2020

I wrote to several colleagues in the process of highlighting (preLight here) a recent preprint on conference reform by Sarabipour et al., some involved in organising conferences, others invested in ECR career development, publishing, and publishing reform. Here are their comments (I will update this resource as I hear back from more people):     Jessica[…]

Engaging Chinese developmental biologists with WeChat

Posted by on April 17th, 2020

Social media gets a hard time these days, and in some instances rightly so. For the scientific community however, it’s a powerful platform for informal science communication and fruitful collaborations. On Twitter for example, the developmental biology community shares news, discusses research, celebrates publications and commiserates grant rejections. It can be a supportive, informative and[…]

Early development: the journey from oocyte to embryo

Posted by on April 3rd, 2020

Meeting report: 2nd EMBO workshop “Awakening of the genome: the maternal-to-zygotic transition”   Amanda Amodeo1*, Johanna Gassler2* and Ksenia Kuznetsova3*, Philip Zegerman4   *These authors contributed equally Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics. Carl Icahn Laboratory Washington Rd., Princeton University. Princeton, NJ 08544 Institute of Molecular Biotechnology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (IMBA), Vienna Biocenter[…]

Labs in lockdown II

Posted by on March 25th, 2020

A couple of weeks ago we posted a collection of tweets from scientists about COVID-19. A lot has changed since that time – we in the UK are two days in to our own lock down, along with many parts of the world – and so we thought it would be a good time to[…]

Time to crack coding?

Posted by on March 24th, 2020

As labs shut down in response to the coronavirus pandemic, some might be unsure of what to do next. Even if your project doesn’t have a computational (i.e. bioinformatic) aspect, knowing some code can still be useful to present your research. Importantly, learning to code is particularly well-suited for the current situation, because there are[…]

Labs in lockdown

Posted by on March 13th, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has led to travel restrictions, conference cancellations and university closures. How do labs function in various states of lockdown? What happens to model organisms and long running experiments? On the personal side, how can we counter the loss of lab camaraderie? And education – how can you run a course from home?[…]