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Postdoctoral Research Fellow position: Evolutionary Origin of Synapses and Neurons at Sars Centre in Bergen, Norway

Posted by on August 6th, 2020

There is a vacancy for a postdoctoral research fellow position at the Sars International Centre for Marine Molecular Biology (www.sars.no) in the research group headed by Dr. Pawel Burkhardt. The position is for a period of 3 years and is funded on the Sars Centre core budget. The Sars Centre belongs to the University 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,[…]

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[…]