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Genetics Unzipped podcast: A dominant character – The life of JBS Haldane

Posted by on February 11th, 2021

We take a look at the life of JBS Haldane, whose work, writing and dominant personality made him one of the most interesting characters of 20th century genetics.

The evolution of nerves: understanding the roots of neurodegeneration

Posted by on October 27th, 2020

Application Deadline: 22 January 2021 Supervisors: Andreas Prokop, Matthew Ronshaugen, Karl Kadler Project details How to apply To develop remedial strategies for neurodegeneration in age and disease, we need to improve our understanding of the cell biology of neurons – in particular their axons. Axons are the cable-like, up-to-meter long processes of neurons that wire[…]

Two positions open in neuroscience lab at The Crick

Posted by on September 4th, 2020

There are two open positions in my lab. We are the Neural circuits and Evolution lab at The Francis Crick Institute in London (https://prietogodinolab.org/). The  lab  employs  a  multidisciplinary  approach  to  understand  how  neural  circuits function and evolve, combining techniques that range from in vivo calcium imaging, electrophysiology, electron microscopy circuit tracing, molecular biology, single-cell RNA[…]

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Rebel Cell: Cancer, evolution and the science of life

Posted by on August 13th, 2020

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney brings you exclusive excerpts from her new book Rebel Cell, exploring where cancer came from, where it’s going, and how we might beat it.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Sickness and susceptibility – the ancient war between genes and disease

Posted by on July 30th, 2020

In the latest episode of Genetics Unzipped, Kat Arney looks at the ancient war between our genes and the pathogens that infect us.

Genetics Unzipped podcast: Out Standing in the Field – the highs and lows of genetics fieldwork

Posted by on June 4th, 2020

From chasing butterflies up mountains to artificially inseminating kakapos, we talk to the researchers studying genetics in action through fieldwork.

Genetics Unzipped – Icons of evolution

Posted by on January 2nd, 2020

Kat Arney explores the myths and misconceptions behind two of the most iconic images in evolutionary biology.

A domino effect on brain developmental evolution

Posted by on December 6th, 2019

The discipline “Evo-devo” studies the developmental basis of morphological evolution. In the field, some original animal models are emerging as interesting model organisms, enriching the knowledge in the field more and more. In the DECA team (Développement et évolution du cerveau antérieur, in French) we use an Evo-devo approach to study the developmental mechanisms responsible[…]

How do new cell types evolve? Sea urchins show the way….

Posted by on November 21st, 2019

We know surprisingly little about how evolution has created new cell types. One of the best examples of a recently evolved cell type comes from early sea urchin development. Most sea urchins produce a group of early embryonic cells known as micromeres- four small blastomeres that form by unequal cell division at the vegetal pole[…]

Discovering the Genetic Basis of Mimetic Color Diversity in Bumble Bees

Posted by on August 20th, 2019

As a first-year graduate student, I had the good fortune of accompanying Dr. Pierre Rasmont (U. Mons, Belgium) and his lab group on an expedition to collect bumble bees in Turkey. At our first stop onto the dry but flower-rich volcanic lands, we each dispersed to collect bees. At the time I was working to[…]