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Application call for new Optical Biology PhD programme starting at UCL September 2020

Application call for new Optical Biology PhD programme starting at UCL September 2020

UCL is now accepting applications for the Wellcome funded Optical Biology PhD programme.

The first cohort of 5 students will start in September 2020. Please go to the
Optical Biology website at https://opticalbiology.org/ for information on how to apply.

Adverts will appear on findaphd.com and in Nature from 30th October.
The deadline for applications is 13 December 2019.

Follow the program on twitter for more updates.
To study with us as part of this exciting new program see https://opticalbiology.org/'

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We are hiring!

We are hiring!

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Are you a talented and enthusiastic post-doc looking to work on nervous system development and function in zebrafish?  If so, we are currently recruiting to our exciting and collaborative research team.

Our group uses zebrafish to investigate brain and eye development, from early morphogenesis to circuit formation and behaviour (http://zebrafishucl.org/wilson-lab#wilson-lab/about-us ).  One focus for our research is upon left-right asymmetry; the developmental and genetic mechanisms by which asymmetries are established and encoded in circuits and how such asymmetries impact behaviour.

The zebrafish community and UCL more widely offers a vibrant and very collaborative research environment, state-of-the art facilities and close proximity to many other research institutes of excellence.

Here is the link to the job description and application process:

https://atsv7.wcn.co.uk/search_engine/jobs.cgi?SID=amNvZGU9MTgxOTc4MSZ2dF90ZW1wbGF0ZT05NjUmb3duZXI9NTA0MTE3OCZvd25lcnR5cGU9ZmFpciZicmFuZF9pZD0wJnZhY194dHJhNTA0MTE3OC41MF81MDQxMTc4PTkyNzg2JnZhY3R5cGU9MTI3NiZsb2NhdGlvbl9jb2RlPTE1OTYxJnBvc3RpbmdfY29kZT0yMjQ=

We are also recruiting one or maybe two technical positions to our group.

Anna Krasnow's work on myelination is published in Nature Neuroscience

Anna Krasnow's work on myelination is published in Nature Neuroscience

Anna Krasnow, a PhD student on the Wellcome Trust Neuroscience program, has just published her study on myelination in Nature Neuroscience. Anna, who is predominently based in David Attwell's lab at UCL, collaborated with Leo Valdivia in Steve Wilson's group on this work. The resulting paper looks at the role that calcium transients in oligodendrocytes have on the developing myelin sheath. Anna found that neuronal activity raises calcium levels in developing oligodendrocytes and that myelin sheath elongation is promoted by high frequency calcium transients. 

Congratulations Anna et al on a beautiful study!

Click this link to read the accompanying News and Views piece on this study in Nature Neuroscience. 

 

 

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International Zebrafish Meeting

Forget Disneyland the most exciting thing happening in Florida this summer is Ana Faro’s talk at the International Zebrafish Meeting. Sorry Mickey! 

Lisbon learning

Four zebrafish PhD students have spent their summer learning, teaching and eating pasteis de nata on the Advanced Behaviour Technology at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown.

Research image featured on BBC website

A research image from the Zebrafish Brain Atlas (zebrafishbrain.org) by PhD student Kate Turner is featured in a BBC article on tracking cells in the embryo.