Paul 🇵🇭 [@poljiology]: I am a postdoc in Alexander Aulehla’s lab at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany 🇩🇪. At EMBL, I use microfluidics-based entrainment to study the nature and mechanism of synchronization of signalling oscillations during embryonic development. Before starting my research at EMBL, I studied and taught biochemistry at the University of the Philippines Manila, and I was a research assistant in Dr. Chih-Yen King’s lab at Academia Sinica in Taipei, Taiwan.
Stefano 🇮🇹🇪🇺: I am a PhD student in Matthias Lütolf’s lab at the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland 🇨🇭. I am interested in early mammalian embryonic development, and I use self-organising in vitro models to investigate endoderm development and how embryonic mechanics play into cell fate specification and morphogenesis. I graduated in Genetics at the University of Cambridge (UK), and did my Master’s in Alfonso Martinez-Arias’ lab, focusing on the developmental consequences of Wnt and Notch interaction.
On this same platform, we also curate the preList on Gastruloids.
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Tapping into non-English-language science for the conservation of global biodiversity
Transcriptome analysis of developmental stages of cocoa pod borer, Conopomorpha cramerella: A polyphagous insect pest of economic importance in Southeast Asia
Development of the foregut in Katharina tunicata (Mollusca; Polyplacophora)
Bacteriological and histopathological findings in cetaceans that stranded in the Philippines from 2017 to 2018
Embryological manipulation to probe early evo-devo in the fish Astyanax mexicanus
Hedgehog signaling is required for endomesodermal patterning and germ cell development in Nematostella vectensis
A unicellular relative of animals generates an epithelium-like cell layer by actomyosin-dependent cellularization
Embryo geometry drives formation of robust signaling gradients through receptor localization