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Postdoctoral position in invertebrate stem cell biology

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

Postdoc position available at School of Natural Sciences and Regenerative Medicine Institute (REMEDI), National University of Ireland, Galway, to study the molecular mechanisms that control pluripotency and early lineage commitment in stem cells of the cnidarian Hydractinia. This animal is an established cnidarian genetic model organism, amenable to gene expression analysis and manipulation and classical[…]

Publishing ‘dirty’ data

Posted by on May 22nd, 2012

How much does it matter that the images we publish are neat and tidy? It’s a question I’ve been dealing with over the past couple of weeks, and I wanted to share some thoughts. Here at Development, as at many journals, we check all figures before publication to try and identify potentially inappropriate image manipulation.[…]

Senior Research Assistant

Posted by on May 17th, 2012

A research assistant position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Brad Davidson, soon to be located in the Department of Biology at Swarthmore College.  We investigate fundamental questions of Cell Signal Integration and Gene Network Evolution by focusing on the earliest steps of heart cell specification. For more information see This position is a great match[…]

Postdoctoral Position in Zebrafish Lab at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis Indiana, USA

Posted by on May 16th, 2012

A postdoctoral position is available in the zebrafish laboratory of Ryan M. Anderson at the Wells Center for Pediatric Research, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana ( We use zebrafish as a genetic/epigenetic model to study pancreatic endocrine cell differentiation during development and regeneration. The fellow will study cell reprogramming in vivo using newly isolated mutants[…]

Funding for international postdocs

Posted by on May 11th, 2012

Rupinder emailed the Node recently to ask if we knew any sources for postdoc funding for international postdocs. Many PhD graduates travel to another country for their postdoc, but a lot of government grants in host countries are unavailable to international applicants – even if they’re already in the country on a study or work[…]

Smart signaling in the developing brain

Posted by on May 10th, 2012

The WNT pathway functions in so many processes during development that it is easy to be jealous of its multi-tasking abilities.  A recent paper in Development describes the role of WNT signaling in neural stem cell proliferation. WNT signaling plays an important role in neural development, axon guidance, cell polarity, and stem cell biology.  WNT[…]

Homeward bound

Posted by on May 10th, 2012

It’s been longer than I’d hoped since I last wrote, but a whole heck of a lot has been going on. Monday last week, the professor in charge of international cooperation at the Chinese Academy in Urumqi came out to the field station with a couple of colleagues to host lunch with us. I knew[…]

What does a cell know and how does it know it (Just a thought on Dennis Bray’s Wetware, Yale University Press) Alfonso Martinez Arias (Dpt Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge UK.

Posted by on May 10th, 2012

It is a time of gene counting, mapping, function guessing in a narrow way: a gene for this or a gene for that. If one reads the indexes of journals one might believe that by adding genes one gets an organism. It is for this reason that reading a book like “Wetware” by Dennis Bray[…]

Drosophila Research Technician

Posted by on May 9th, 2012

University College London – UCL Cancer Institute Full Time : The appointment will be on UCL Grade 6. The salary range will be £25,927 – £30,384 per annum., inclusive of London Allowance. The successful applicant will use molecular biology, Drosophila genetics and immunohistochemistry to study the molecular mechanisms regulating gene expression during development. They will also[…]

The SDB-BSDB Interview Chain: Steffen Biechele interviews Stephen Fleenor

Posted by on May 9th, 2012

Winners of the student poster competition at the annual BSDB meeting get an amazing prize: they receive a registration for the annual SDB meeting in North America. And, vice versa, winners of the SDB poster competition get to go to the BSDB meeting in the UK. Sadly, the winner of last year’s SDB poster competition,[…]