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Round-up of alternative careers stories

Posted by on June 8th, 2011

In December we asked people to share how they moved from research to a career away from the lab bench. Since then, we’ve heard from a number of people, and a few stories are still coming in. Here’s the list so far, with current affiliations: Keep up and blog on – my route to the[…]

In Development this week (Vol. 138, Issue 13)

Posted by on June 7th, 2011

Here are the highlights from the current issue of Development: Mutant Xist merely muffles X chromosome In XX female mammals, inactivation of one X chromosome during development equalises the levels of X-linked gene products in females with those in males. Expression of the Xist gene from one of the two X chromosomes produces a non-coding[…]

Select a Development cover – round 3

Posted by on June 6th, 2011

The annual Embryology course at Woods Hole starts again this week. Best of luck to all participants! We thought it was an appropriate time to launch the third voting round to choose a Development cover from images taken by the students in last year’s course. Meanwhile, the winning image from the first round – a[…]

My journey from bench scientist to clinical ethicist

Posted by on June 1st, 2011

Four and a half years ago I was introduced to the field of clinical ethics while nearing the end of my Doctorate in Molecular Genetics at the University of Toronto. After attending a talk given by Kerry Bowman, a clinical ethicist at one of the University teaching hospitals, I approached him with some additional questions.[…]

Postdoc position – Melbourne Australia

Posted by on June 1st, 2011

Position Available: POST DOCTORAL RESEARCHER With A/Prof Helena Richardson Cell Cycle and Development Lab Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Melbourne, Victoria Australia Project: Apico-basal polarity regulators, Signalling pathways and Tumourigenesis Available from Sept 2011 – contract initially 1 year with scope for extension   Our lab uses Drosophila as a model of tumour development, and through[…]

Post-doctoral position (2 years) Use of stem cells to generate tendons

Posted by on June 1st, 2011

A 2 year post-doc position is available from October 2011 in Delphine DUPREZ’s team, in Paris. Tendon and ligament injuries are common clinical problems during aging or following accidents. No treatment currently exists to restore injured or defective tendon/ligament to its normal condition. The ultimate aim of this project is to build an in vitro[…]

Awards presented at this year’s BSCB-BSDB Spring meeting in Canterbury

Posted by on May 31st, 2011

Each year, three medals to honour extraordinary research achievements in cell and developmental biology are awarded at the joint conference of the British Societies for Cell Biology (BSCB) and Developmental Biology (BSDB). Here on the Node, Eva has recently posted an interview with Carlos Carmona-Fontaine, to whom this year’s Beddington medal was awarded, for his[…]

An interview with Elisabeth Knust: President of the German Society for Developmental Biology

Posted by on May 27th, 2011

(This interview originally appeared in Development) Every two years, the German Society for Developmental Biology (GfE – Gesellschaft für Entwicklungsbiologie) holds a scientific meeting for their members. This year, from 23 to 26 March, their meeting was held in Dresden, jointly with the Japanese Society of Developmental Biologists (JSDB). At this meeting, we sat down[…]

HHMI Documentary Initiative

Posted by on May 25th, 2011

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) is launching a documentary film initiative to bring high quality science to TV. Benefiting from HHMI’s direct access to scientific resources and researchers, the $60 million project aims to give the public an accurate overview of the scientific process, while highlighting compelling stories. Recently, HHMI announced that the film initiative[…]

My journey to scientific editing

Posted by on May 24th, 2011

Although I’m no longer working at the bench, I still think of myself as a scientist. During grad school and much of my post-doc, I assumed that I would follow the “grad student to post-doc to professor track” so that I could continue to be paid to learn for the rest of my life. I’ve[…]