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An interview with Dawei Sun

Dawei Sun has just finished his PhD in Dr Emma Rawlins’ lab at The Gurdon Institute here in Cambridge, UK. He has remained in the city with his wife for the duration of the pandemic. In the middle of the UK’s second lockdown we met him, virtually, to find out how he is doing, hear about the triumphs and tribulations of his PhD, and discuss his experience of studying in the UK.

A Travelling Fellowship unravels 3D chromatin structure

Three-dimensional chromatin architecture is vital for cell functionality. In recent years, there’s been a marked increase in the effort to bridge the gap between transcription activity and 3D chromatin structure. A Travelling Fellowship from Journal of Cell Science helped Silvia Galan travel from the Structural Genomics lab, led by Professor Marc A. Marti-Renom at the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona, to Professor Juanma Vaquerizas’ lab at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. As part of her PhD, she spent 3 months learning from the group, who are known for their extensive knowledge and expertise in early development and chromatin structure.

The mysterious case of the cassowary casque

For biologists around the world, the UK’s Natural History Museum is one of the most significant icons in the field. Housing 80 million items spanning 4.5 billion years, the Museum first opened its doors in 1881 and is known as the leading centre of natural history and research in the world. Todd Green had the privilege of travelling from Oklahoma State University, USA to Tring, UK to visit the location first established by Lord Walter Rothschild in 1892.

A time of turmoil for young scientists

Over the last few months, we’ve heard about lab shutdowns, cancelled fieldtrips and virtual PhD defences, but what about the students caught in the middle? With worldwide freezing hires in academia and funding uncertainty, it’s a time of great turmoil for our young scientists.

A day in the life of a returning spider lab

Alistair McGregor’s group at Oxford Brookes University, UK, uses Drosophila and the common house spider Parasteatoda tepidariorum to understand how different shapes and sizes of animals evolve. Back in 2016, two PhD students in Alistair’s lab shared a day in the life of a spider lab.

Four years and one pandemic later, we caught up with Alistair to find out how his lab has responded to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis.

16 years of Open Access publishing: our OA journey

There has been a profound change in the scholarly communication landscape over the past two decades, with a profusion of new publishing and subscription models from commercial and not-for-profit publishers. The increasing importance of Open Access (OA) – making research immediately and freely available to all – has presented challenges as well as opportunities to libraries, funding organisations, publishers and authors alike.

Five tips to make the most of a virtual meeting

After the success of our Development Virtual Meeting 2020, ‘From Stem Cells to Human Development’, we’ve been thinking about how to get the most out of a virtual meeting.

Our Editors have attended a lot of virtual events over the last few months, and between them have a lot of useful advice. So, here are our five top tips for attending a virtual meeting.

Behind the scenes of Development Meeting 2020: From Stem Cells to Human Development

The Company of Biologists is well known for its Meetings and Workshops, which gather biologists from around the world to share, learn and collaborate. When COVID-19 hit, the Events Team knew they would have to start planning virtual events. So what was it like to reconfigure a highly anticipated Meeting into a virtual format?

The Company of Biologists commits to the Transformative Journal approach

The Company of Biologists is the first not-for-profit publisher to commit to this approach.

Supporting communities at The Company of Biologists

Throughout all fields of biology there are vibrant, active and engaged communities. Social media, email, video chat and webinars mix with personal interactions as the basis of collaborations.

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