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Turning back the clock of neural progenitor cells: a simple recipe to generate de novo retinal ganglion cells

Posted by on August 12th, 2019

Press release for a new Development paper on reprogramming in the retina. Scientists at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Germany, discovered that a single transcription factor drives retinal progenitor cells to reacquire the potency to generate Retinal ganglion cells. The[…]

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[…]

Cancer Research UK’s new investment in paediatric cancer research

Posted by on August 8th, 2019

We are increasing our investment in paediatric cancer research by launching two new significant funding calls. We would like to encourage proposals to investigate the following concepts amongst others- the basis of tumour initiation and progression novel models that would enhance pre-clinical research. Please see the links below for the complete list.   The Cancer[…]

Technician/lab manager – Mammalian evo/devo lab at Princeton University

Posted by on August 7th, 2019

Overview A technician/lab manager position is available in the laboratory led by Ricardo Mallarino, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University ( The lab focuses on uncovering the genetic and developmental mechanisms by which form and structure are generated during vertebrate embryogenesis. We combine the study of emerging and traditional model organisms to explore questions relating to patterning and evolution[…]

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[…]

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the Storey laboratory – Scotland

Posted by on August 6th, 2019

A short-term post-doc position (1st September until 20th July 2020, with potential extension) is available in Professor Kate Storey’s group to develop ongoing work with our human iPS cell derived neural differentiation assay to investigate cell biological mechanisms that regulate neurogenesis. This will include generating and characterising reporter hiPS cell lines and their use in[…]

July in preprints

Posted by on August 5th, 2019

Welcome to our monthly trawl for developmental biology (and related) preprints. The preprints were hosted on bioRxiv, PeerJ, and arXiv. Let us know if we missed anything, and use these links to get to the section you want:   Developmental biology | Patterning & signalling | Morphogenesis & mechanics | Genes & genomes | Stem cells, regeneration & disease modelling | Plant development Evo-devo &[…]

Senior Research Technician in the Panfilio Lab, University of Warwick, UK

Posted by on August 5th, 2019

School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK   A full-time, twelve-month Senior Research Technician position is available for an immediate start in the laboratory of Dr Kristen Panfilio, for molecular genetics and lab management tasks to support investigations of insect embryology for both biomedical and pest management research. Our lab uses a range of[…]

Transparent peer review at Development

Posted by on August 1st, 2019

Publishing peer review reports In the interests of promoting transparency around the editorial process, Development will now be publishing a ‘Peer review history’ file alongside published papers, where the author has opted-in to such a file being published. All research papers submitted on or after 1 August 2019 are eligible. The file can be found on the[…]

Postdoctoral fellow in kidney organogenesis, New York City

Posted by on August 1st, 2019

The Kidney Regenerative Medicine Laboratory at the Rogosin Institute is searching for a talented and highly motivated individual interested in understanding how we can apply our understanding of kidney developmental biology to generating new tissue from stem- and primary cells. The goal of the lab is to generate kidney tissue that faithfully reproduces adult kidney[…]