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Stowers Research Conferences: Developmental Cell Biology

Posted by on February 25th, 2021 Stowers Research Conferences are biennial meetings that bring together researchers, faculty, and graduate students to inspire creative thought and collaboration in the basic sciences. April 22-23, 2021 Registration Deadline: April 21, 2021 Location: ZOOM Webinar Keynote Speakers: Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Olivier Pourquie, Joanna Wysocka Session Speakers: Ed Munro, Hernan Garcia, Lila Solnica-Krezel, Samantha Morris, Celina[…]

Avian insights into human ciliopathies

Posted by on February 22nd, 2021

Press release for a recent Development paper from Samantha Brugmann’s lab Ciliopathies are genetic disorders caused by defects in the structure and function of cilia, microtubule-based organelles present on the surface of almost every cell in the human body which play crucial roles in cell signalling. Ciliopathies present a wide range of often severe clinical[…]

EPFL Life Sciences Independent Research (ELISIR) scholar, Lausanne, Switzerland

Posted by on February 16th, 2021

The ELISIR program provides a stellar fresh PhD graduate the possibility to head a small team of scientists without going through a traditional post-doc, much in the spirit of analogous programs at MIT, Harvard or UCSF, to name but a few. This is a non-tenured position that can be held up to five years. More[…]

Pairing of segmentation clock genes results in robust pattern formation

Posted by on February 4th, 2021

By Oriana Q. H. Zinani, Kemal Keseroğlu, Ahmet Ay & Ertuğrul M. Özbudak: Gene expression is an inevitably stochastic process (Ozbudak et al., 2002). In contrast, embryonic development and homeostasis require cells to coordinate the spatiotemporal expression of large sets of genes. Many mechanisms are known to orchestrate this coordination, such as operons, bidirectional promoters,[…]

4D Morphological Atlas of C. elegans Embryogenesis

Posted by on February 2nd, 2021

A joint research team co-led by Prof. Chao Tang (Peking University, PKU), Prof. Zhongying Zhao (Hong Kong Baptist University, HKBU) and Prof. Hong Yan (City University of Hong Kong, CityU) has developed a novel computational tool that can reconstruct and visualize three-dimensional shapes and temporal changes of cells, speeding up the analytical process from thousands[…]

A facial birth defect is caused by perturbation of extreme long-range enhancers

Posted by on January 25th, 2021

By Hannah Long  From the almost identical faces of monozygotic twins, we can appreciate that facial appearance is encoded for the most-part in the DNA of our genomes. Therefore, changes to this DNA sequence can contribute to the variation in facial appearance seen between humans, and at the more extreme end of the spectrum can[…]

Engineering morphogenesis using self-organized embodiment

Posted by on January 20th, 2021

During their journey from zygote to adult, embryos experience several symmetry breaking processes. Structures which are not isotropic (equal in all directions) are formed, creating the inside-out axis, forward-backwards axis, etc. Each of these patterns increases the information required to describe a multicellular system. As Maynard Smith put it: sometimes the “extra” information is stamped[…]

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[…]

CENTURI PhD call 2021 | 10 open positions in Marseille

Posted by on January 20th, 2021

  The Turing Centre for Living Systems (CENTURI) wishes to attract talented PhD students to the Luminy campus. To do so, CENTURI will fund up to 10 PhD positions to start in 2021. PhD students will work in an interdisciplinary life science environment, and have backgrounds in any of the following fields: cell or developmental biology, immunology, neurobiology,[…]

Establishing connections

Posted by on December 16th, 2020

By Jos Wendrich, Yvan Saeys and Bert De Rybel Nutrients such as phosphate are limiting in most soils. This has a great impact on crop yield in agriculture. Approaches to overcome these challenges often include using fertilizers, that in turn have a detrimental effect on the environment and our climate. Plants have developed adaptation mechanisms[…]