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Postdoctoral positions in Cell, Developmental and Mechanobiology

Posted by on January 20th, 2021

We are looking for two postdoctoral researchers (3 or 5 years) to work in Roberto Mayor laboratory at University College London, UK.   The scope of the positions is quite open and the project will be agreed with the candidate according to background and research interests. The general aims of the project is to study[…]

Actin and microtubules link to form a tube within a single cell

Posted by on December 14th, 2020

In the Genetics of Cell Behaviour in Development laboratory, at the Department of Genetics, Microbiology and Statistics at the University of Barcelona, we work with the terminal cells (TCs) of the tracheal system of Drosophila melanogaster, which are very interesting cells. During embryonic development, they are able to generate a tube within their cytoplasm, a[…]

An interview with Dawei Sun

Posted by on November 24th, 2020

  Dawei Sun has just finished his PhD in Dr Emma Rawlins’ lab at The Gurdon Institute here in Cambridge, UK. He has remained in the city with his wife for the duration of the pandemic. In the middle of the UK’s second lockdown we met him, virtually, to find out how he is doing,[…]

Adjusting to normal

Posted by on August 19th, 2020

The phrase “adjusting to the new normal” is a part of everyone’s life in one way or another, especially given our current global circumstances. Many in my circle are adjusting to facemasks, keeping physical distance (no friends/family meetups for months), constantly using hand sanitizers, cleaning surfaces at every turn/or use, ordering groceries online instead of[…]

Retracting sheaths and words

Posted by on July 17th, 2020

My mentor, Bruce Appel, emphasizes the importance of communicating science clearly and precisely. Consequently, I have watched my peers and myself deliver ever-improving talks, posters, and manuscripts during our time in the lab. I think that many people in science appreciate that clear communication is essential for others to be able to interpret findings and[…]

A day in the life of a returning Spider Lab

Posted by on July 14th, 2020

Alistair McGregor’s group at Oxford Brookes University uses Drosophila and the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum to understand how different shapes and sizes of animals evolve. Back in 2016, two PhD students in Alistair’s lab shared a day in the life of a spider lab. Four years and one pandemic later, we caught up with[…]

Back to bench is resetting my mental clock

Posted by on July 13th, 2020

My university has reopened and being reunited with the lab bench after months have reminded me again how much I love what I do for a living. Of course I enjoy the entire process of research from bench to publication, troubleshooting experiments and brainstorming ideas to presenting research stories. However, hands-on working is something I[…]

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,[…]