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14 Sep 2018
Asymmetric cell division is the process through which one cell divides into two cells with different identities. It is of particular importance for stem cells, which divide asymmetrically into another stem cell (thus self-renewing themselves) and a cell destined to become a more specialised cell type, such as for example a neuron or a muscle cell. A model of choice for the study of asymmetric stem cell division are neuroblasts, neural stem cells of the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster.
21 Jun 2018
Dr Jens Januschke from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology has been awarded tenure this week. His research focus is on how stem cells work and sometimes malfunction in the developing nervous system of Drosophila. Jens joined the School of Life Sciences in 2012 as a Principal Investigator, where in February 2013 he was awarded a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship. He received an extension to this fellowship in January this year.
08 Feb 2018
After successfully defending his PhD in November last year, Matthew Hannaford's PhD work is now published in eLIFE.
19 Jan 2018
A scientist in the School has been awarded £568,000 by the Wellcome Trust and the Royal Society to research stem cells within fruit flies, which could have broad implications for understanding how stem cell division can cause cancer in humans. Dr Jens Januschke from the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology has received an extension of his Sir Henry Dale Fellowship to investigate how stem cells work and sometimes malfunction in the developing nervous system of Drosophila, also known as the fruit fly.
07 Jul 2017
Cells need to be able to control the localization of their content to fulfil specific functions. How cells position proteins, which make up most of the cells content is therefore a central problem in cell and developmental biology. The control of protein distribution is complex, but it has become clear that the localization of mRNA (the template for protein production) can influence where proteins are positioned. Local pools of mRNA can serve as spatially restricted source of the synthesis of the encoded protein.