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2022 Society for Developmental Biology Midwest Regional Meeting Report

A cold wind whipped off Lake Mendota, and the sting of the season’s first snow flurries greeted a crowd of developmental biologists descending upon the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s campus on a Friday afternoon in mid-November. The inclement weather might have been cause for panic or delay in other regions of the country, but not here.

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2023 Society for Developmental Biology Award Winners

The Society for Developmental Biology Board of Directors selected the following recipients for the 2023 SDB Awards. They will present their award lectures at the Society for Developmental Biology 82nd Annual Meeting, July 20-23, 2023 in Chicago, IL.

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Group photo of UChicago students with course instructors at the first Graduate Embryology@MBL (aka ‘Mini-Embryology’) course in October 2022 at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA

The magic of developmental biology research courses

Over the past six months, I have been involved in not one, but two, intensive developmental biology research courses.  Each was a wonderful experience and watching how the courses impacted the students made me reflect on how transformative a rather similar course, one that I took nearly 30 years ago, was to my own scientific career.

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Martin Estermann expands the avian sex determination field with the emu

Martin Estermann, a former graduate student from Monash University, Australia was the recipient of the 2020 Society for Developmental Biology Emerging Research Organisms Grant. Estermann received the grant to fund his research on avian sex determination during his Ph.D. studies in Craig Smith’s laboratory at Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI).


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Lighting the Path to Developmental Biology through Clear Direction Mentoring

Last summer, I had the opportunity to share my love for developmental biology and help train the next generation of scholars via a weeklong immersive Internship. The Internship was initiated by Clear Direction Mentoring, a nonprofit organization that provides long-term STEMM mentorship for underrepresented minority students from high school through college.

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Kristen D'Elia standing next to her poster at the 2022 Joint BSDB/ISD Meeting in Malta

From motor neurons to Malta – A graduate student profile

The Society for Developmental Biology comprises scientists who demonstrate excellence in both research and leadership. Kristen D’Elia, winner of the 2021 Best Graduate Student Poster Award at the SDB 80th Annual Meeting, is no exception.

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Victoria Deneke accepting award from SDB Junior Faculty Representative, Samantha Morris

Victoria Deneke, Winner of 2022 SDB Trainee Science Communication Award

The Society for Developmental Biology recognized Victoria Deneke with the 2022 Trainee Science Communication Award. Deneke is currently a postdoc with Andrea Pauli at the Research Institute of Molecular Pathology (IMP) in Vienna, Austria. She sat down for an interview to discuss her career, scientific outreach efforts, and philosophy on mentoring the next generation of scientists.

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Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize Awardee Chris Wright with SDB PDEC Chair Nicole Theodosiou

Christopher Wright, Winner of 2022 Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize

Christopher Wright, director of the Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology, is the recipient of this year’s Society for Developmental Biology Viktor Hamburger Outstanding Educator Prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of developmental biology and his commitment to mentoring, advocacy, and education.

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Developmental Biology

Developmental Biology, the official journal of the Society for Developmental Biology, publishes original research on mechanisms of development, differentiation, and growth in animals and plants at the molecular, cellular, genetic and evolutionary levels. 

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Epithelial cells changing shape during the cuboidal-to-squamous transition. In developing follicular epithelium of the Drosophila ovary, as follicle cells progress from Stage 8 (top) to stage 10 (bottom), complex genetic and mechanical forces shape these cells during mid-oogenesis. Cells are marked by A90-Gal4, mRFP expression (teal) and nuclei stained with DAPI (yellow-green).

WIREs Mechanisms of Disease

WIREs Developmental Biology, previously published in association with the Society for Developmental Biology, has merged into WIREs Mechanisms of Disease. All SDB members can access WIREs Mechanisms of Disease articles for free by signing in to their SDB Membership Portal.

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