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Intern – Sarah Morson

In the autumn of 2017 I undertook my PIPs internship at The Company of Biologists, the publisher behind five major journals including Development – the journal which hosts the community site the Node. I was keen to experience the publishing side of science, and see what a non-academic career in science could be like.

Aidan Maartens (the Node Community Manager) and Sarah Morson (intern).

PIPS intern − Caitlin McQueen

I carried out my PIPS placement at The Company of Biologists – a decision largely driven by my interest in gaining insight into the publishing process in preparation for submitting my own articles, and also to find out more about publishing as an alternative career path after my PhD.

Katherine Brown (Development),  Caitlin McQueen (intern), Rachel Hackett (Disease Models & Mechanisms and Biology Open) and Sharon Ahmad (Journal of Cell Science).

Why apply for a funded place at one of our Workshops?

Early-career scientists can apply for a funded place at one of our Workshops. This is a great opportunity that could enhance your career in various ways. Watch the video to hear from some of our previous attendees on why they applied and how it has benefited them.

Visualising the bacterial cytoskeleton

The bacterial cytoskeleton controls many important cellular processes including bacterial cell morphogenesis, division and motility. Elements of the bacterial cytoskeleton mirror the major components of the cytoskeleton in eukaryotic cells; for example, the actin homologue MreB, the tubulin homologue FtsZ and the intermediate filament homologue CreS.

Extending the reach of zebrafish models

The 9th Zebrafish Disease Models Meeting in Singapore was held with the aims of promoting zebrafish as a model system for the analysis of human disease mechanisms amongst the scientific community in Asia, bringing together those already engaged in zebrafish research, and exchanging ideas, methodologies and new findings.

Paying it forward

As a new assistant professor at James Cook University (JCU), marine conservation physiologist Jodie Rummer applied to the Journal of Experimental Biology for a Travelling Fellowship to perform fieldwork at Lizard Island Research Station in the Northern Great Barrier Reef of Australia.

Why propose a topic for one of our Workshops?

Getting involved as an organiser for one of our Workshops is easy. We focus on the logistics, so you can focus solely on the science. Are you thinking about proposing a topic for one of our Workshops? Watch this video to hear from some of our previous organisers.

Developing a framework of support

One of the research areas of the Martinez-Arias lab in the Department of Genetics at the University of Cambridge, UK, is the development of gastruloids – small, self-organising aggregates of mouse embryonic stem cells. PhD student Peter Baillie-Johnson was working on the generation of elongating gastruloids to mimic the first stages of axial elongation in the mouse embryo, but was limited by aggregates adhering to the surface of culture plates.

Diving right into research

Combining biology and mathematics, Julia Samson, a PhD student at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, focuses her research on the pulsing behaviour of soft corals (Xenia and Heteroxenia) and how this behaviour affects and is affected by local water flows. Her project includes computational fluid dynamics simulations and flow visualisation experiments in the lab, with field data essential to test and validate these fluid–structure interaction models.

Developing skills in invertebrate embryology

In June 2016, students and post-docs from China, Colombia, Mexico, Germany, USA, India and Russia attended the Second International Summer Course on the embryology of marine invertebrates at the White Sea Biological Station attached to Moscow State University (WSBS MSU).

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