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A day in the life of a ctenophore lab

Posted by on September 1st, 2016

Who are we? Hi, my name is Ruairi Kavanagh and I’m a Master’s student at Plymouth University. For my dissertation I am based in The Marine Biological Association (MBA). I am carrying out my research in the recently established Burkhardt Lab. Our lab’s research is focused on tracing the origin and evolution of synaptic proteins,[…]

A day in the life of a sponge lab (yes, there are labs devoted to these animals!)

Posted by on August 24th, 2016

Forget about those large amounts of bottles containing thousands of flies, those huge piles of boxes containing different lineages of mice or large tanks filled with happy-hopping frogs. Also, forget about transgenic, mutant, knockout litters… what I am going to tell you is the routine of an emergent lab working (or, better, trying to) with[…]

A day in the life of a cricket lab

Posted by on July 14th, 2016

I am Yoshimasa Hamada, a Research Fellow in Okayama University Graduate School in Japan, working with Prof. Kenji Tomioka, Prof. Hideyo Ohuchi, Prof. Sumihare Noji and Dr. Tetsuya Bando. Our research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying leg regeneration, embryonic development, and circadian rhythm using the two-spotted cricket, Gryllus bimaculatus (Figure 1).     The[…]

A day in the cleanroom

Posted by on June 28th, 2016

Hello guys, I am a PhD student from University of Strathclyde, UK. My PhD career has two parts: microfabrication and neural recordings. With the help of novel semiconductor fabrication techniques, I can make micro-level devices for neuroscience applications such as neural recordings and optogenetics. The whole fabrication process is done in the cleanroom which can[…]

A day in the life of a gar lab

Posted by on June 21st, 2016

My name is Martin Minařík and I am a PhD student in Robert Cerny’s lab at Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Our lab focuses mostly on the development of non-teleost fishes, namely bichirs, sturgeons, and gars. The advantage of having these animals as model organisms is that their breeding seasons alternate throughout the year,[…]

A Day in the Life of a Bat Lab

Posted by on March 15th, 2016

I am Aaron Harnsberger, a second year Master’s degree student in the Department of Biological Sciences at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho.  The focus of this lab is on genetic regulatory divergence that results in the diversity of mammalian morphologies.  These morphological differences can be observed at various stages of development.  In this lab[…]

A day in the life of a Spider Lab

Posted by on February 17th, 2016

We (Anna Schönauer, Daniel Leite and Christian Bonatto) are PhD students in Alistair McGregor’s group (http://mcgregor-evo-devo-lab.net) at Oxford Brookes University, and it is a pleasure to briefly present our research on spiders. The university is located up on Headington Hill, from where we can look out across the beautiful spires of the great academic city[…]

A day in the life of an embryonic stem cell lab!

Posted by on February 5th, 2016

Hi everyone! I’m Helena. Some of you may know me as the current intern here at the Node, but next week, I will go back to Alfonso Martínez Arias’ lab at the University of Cambridge to continue working on my PhD. Our lab is interested in cell fate and differentiation in the context of early[…]

A day in the life of a lamprey lab

Posted by on December 9th, 2015

My name is Tyler Square, and I am a PhD student in the Medeiros Lab at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology department. Also in the Medeiros lab is David Jandzik, a postdoc who was kind enough to provide most of the media for this post. Our lab primarily[…]

A day in the life of a siphonophore lab

Posted by on October 27th, 2015

I’m Cat Munro, a third year PhD Candidate in Casey Dunn’s lab at Brown University. The Dunn lab has an even split of lab members that work on the evolution, development, and systematics of siphonophores, and members that focus on building tools and phylogenetic methods, with an eye to understanding the relationships at the base[…]