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Pandemic networking: a virtual experiment

Posted by on June 30th, 2020

The scuttling of conferences by COVID-19 has deprived scientists of one of their main ways to network*. Gone now are the chance (or not so chance) encounters with people you know only from author lists as you stand in line for coffee between talks, in elevators or bars, at poster sessions and organised socials…This new world[…]

Postdoc position available at MPI BPC: Comparative genomics in planarians

Posted by on June 30th, 2020

The department of Tissue Dynamics and Regeneration (Dr. Jochen Rink) invites applications for a position as Postdoc (f/m/d) – Comparative genomics in planarians – (Code number 11-20) Planarians are fascinating animals that can regenerate from tiny pieces, harbor adult pluripotent stem cells, scale their bodies over a wide size range and, as a taxonomic group, display[…]

Now we need arrest… A long journey into the end-of-flowering

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

By Tom Bennett & Catriona Walker   25th May 2020: Publication TB: The joy of seeing an article finally published is always slightly tempered by the long-drawn out process of peer review, re-writing, re-submission, re-review, proof-reading, required to get to that point. But the publication of our article ‘Auxin export from proximal fruit drives arrest[…]

List of virtual talks, seminars, forums

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

Updated 29 June. Let us know if we missed anything   Various organisations and looser assemblies of locked down researchers have begun to put together online seminar and talk series, many of which are open to anyone (usually with registration), and many of which also have previous talks recorded. Here’s a list of what we’ve[…]

Salah Elias introduces a new virtual forum for early PIs in cell and developmental biology

Posted by on June 29th, 2020

Of the many virtual seminar series that have sprung up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, one in particular caught our eye – the New PIs in Cell and Developmental Biology Forum (you can follow updates and find information by following #NewPICellDev on Twitter). To find out more about the series we met Salah Elias,[…]

Postdoctoral Fellow on RNA/Protein Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Johns Hopkins University

Posted by on June 26th, 2020

Highly motivated postdoctoral candidates are invited to lead several new projects to address fundamental questions on RNA homeostasis (Zhang et al. Molecular Cell 2018; Haeusler et al. Nature 2014) and protein homeostasis (Lu et al. Nature Neuroscience 2019; Liu et al. Genes & Development 2018; Periz et al. PLoS Biology 2015) related to neurodegenerative diseases[…]

Survey about online seminars & conferences

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has resulted in many scientific conferences moving to an online format, and researchers who can no longer attend seminars at their institutes have been organising and attending various virtual seminar series (here on The Node there are currently over 40 online events listed in developmental biology and beyond). Several considerations about virtual[…]

PhD position available in muscle regeneration/vascular progenitors cells research

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

Study of the molecular mechanism of Endothelial to Mesenchymal Transition during muscle regeneration and crosstalk with the immune system in vivo and in vitro. A 3 year PhD studentship is available within the Heva Research Group, School of Medicine and Surgery, University of Milano Bicocca, Milan, Italy (, under the supervision of Prof. Silvia Brunelli.[…]

The Superheroes in Liver Regeneration

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

The animation is a result of collaborative work of scientists from the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) and visual storytellers from the Animation Workshop (VIA), telling the story of a scientific attempt to learn what happen to the liver when damaged and how this knowledge could be translated in the future[…]

Conversations with my parents (about adult chondrogenesis and spontaneous cartilage repair in the skate, Leucoraja erinacea)

Posted by on June 23rd, 2020

One night, during the summer of 2012, I found myself sitting in a cottage in Woods Hole, trying to explain to my parents why I’d spent much of my professional life studying the little skate (Figure 1). I was a postdoctoral fellow at Dalhousie University at the time, and working almost exclusively with skate as[…]