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Lockdown in Shanghai

Posted by on May 13th, 2020

This piece recently featured on The Company of Biologists’ WeChat Channel. For more information about our efforts to engage Chinese researchers, read Annabel Nicholson’s post from last month.     Dr Yi Zeng is a member of the Development Editorial Advisory Board and her lab at the Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology studies[…]

Irin ajo mi si Nigeria | My journey to Nigeria

Posted by on April 17th, 2020

My first impression of Nigeria remained loyal to what I would experience the following two weeks: very warm weather, very colourful attires, very warm and joyful hearts. Also, it is loud, there is always sound…

An Introduction to Writing Review Articles

Posted by on April 7th, 2020

Last week, I gave a talk (online, of course) about ‘Writing review articles’. It was aimed at graduate students who, as part of their training, had to identify a topic in the field of developmental biology and write a mini-review on that particular topic. However, my talk contained some general advice about writing review-type articles,[…]

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[…]

“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[…]

CRISPR-Cas9 – what’s left to know?

Posted by on August 8th, 2019

This post was originally posted on the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine’s blog Dominic Owens, PhD student in the De Bruijn group at MRC MHU, recounts how puzzling results and a fortuitous lab meeting uncovered unexpected outcomes of CRISPR editing and changed the direction of his research.   It’s May 2018 and I’m feeling nervous. I was[…]

A day in the life of an onychophoran lab

Posted by on August 7th, 2019

What are onychophorans and why do we study them? My name is Sandra Treffkorn, and I recently finished my PhD in the department of zoology lead by Georg Mayer at the University of Kassel, Germany. In our research group, we focus on studying the evolution of animal diversity by investigating two very interesting but largely[…]

Ph.D. and Post Doc positions in plant development, morphogenesis and evolution

Posted by on July 24th, 2019

The Department of the Director Prof Miltos Tsiantis is looking for early stage researchers to employ at the Ph.D. and Post Doc level in the areas of plant development, morphogenesis and evolution (http://www.mpipz.mpg.de/226344/tsiantis-dpt). Ph. D. candidates should have an M. Sc in appropriate discipline (Plant biology, Developmental biology, Computer Science, Genetics, Biochemistry, Statistical, Evolutionary or[…]

Post-doctoral position in the Tsiantis lab, MPIPZ, at the interphase of development and metabolic physiology

Posted by on June 28th, 2019

We have previously characterized processes underlying diversity in leaf form between and within species and have identified genetic pathways influencing this trait. Here, we propose to investigate the possible physiological and metabolic significance of this variation, as well as possible feedbacks between metabolism and leaf form. The project will involve comparative studies of Cardamine hirsuta[…]

The Pros and Cons of having an ELN: What I’ve learned from my time in a wet lab

Posted by on June 24th, 2019

With its growing adoption in the laboratory, an electronic lab notebook, or ELN, can be a useful tool to aid research, whether in academia or industry. But I found there is limited information on the practicalities of an ELN in a wet lab. Wet labs are a messy business, so strict guidelines are put in[…]