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The boring parts of science

Science is exciting, right? You explore, you experiment, you make discoveries. You see things for the first time! Science is fun. But, it also has its boring parts. Today, for example, I spent four hours pipetting, non-stop. 280 tubes. No robots, no multichannel pipette. Just manual labor. The pipetting marathon is for an experiment, which […]

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Cephalic furrow thread

I published a cephalic furrow thread about our paper on Twitter and Mastodon. We recently updated the manuscript on bioRxiv. In addition to the tissue mechanics, this new version includes gene expression data comparing Drosophila with Clogmia, a fly that has no cephalic furrow… It gives us some hints about the patterning changes associated with […]

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Cephalic furrow on bioRxiv

Our paper about the function of the cephalic furrow in the fruit fly is ready and now available as a preprint in bioRxiv! To access: https://doi.org/10.1101/2023.03.30.534554 P. S. Apart from the poem The Great Divide, I didn’t write much about the cephalic furrow here. But this will change.

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The MeMoDEvo Symposium

Last week, I joined the MeMoDEvo Symposium in Paris. The name stands for Mechanics-Morphogenesis-Development-Evolution. And indeed, it was a great meeting about all of these things! The participants had quite diverse backgrounds. From biologists and physicists to computer scientists and engineers, as well as theorists and philosophers. During the mornings, we had “unconference” sessions where […]

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Mechanobiology conference

Mechanobiology investigates the role of physical forces in embryonic development. This week, the conference Mechanobiology in development and disease is happening in the EMBL Heidelberg. I’ll present my work on how the fold that divides the head from the trunk in Drosophila embryos—the cephalic furrow—may have an important mechanical role for gastrulation.

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Morning encounter with a benthic ctenophore

Something extraordinary happened today—I saw a benthic ctenophore! The last time I saw one was fifteen years ago, while I was working at a marine station. Now that I live far from the ocean, such an improbable encounter is truly remarkable. I would never have thought that I would see a benthic ctenophore when I […]

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The PostdocNet website

Sometime ago I created a new logo for the PostdocNet, the network of postdocs of the Max Planck Society. The next step was re-designing their website… but then came 2020! Despite the challenging year, the website recently went live! I hope people enjoy the new visuals and I’m happy to have contributed to the PostdocNet […]

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The PostdocNet logo

The PostdocNet is an organization that represents the collective of postdoctoral researchers working in the Max Planck institutes spread throughout Germany. The network is relatively recent, only founded in 2019, but has already put forward important proposals to improve the working conditions and career development of postdocs. A few months ago they contacted me to […]

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A typical lightsheet microscopy session

Here is how a typical session of imaging embryos under Lightsheet Microscopy goes. A glimpse into my day-to-day work :) Assemble the incubation chamber: Collect and mount the embryos: Acquire a short timelapse from multiple angles: Transfer (lots of) data for image processing ;)

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Interview for the Portrait of Science

Recently, I had the honor to be interviewed for the Portrait of Science. It’s a beautiful project created by Magdalena Gonciarz to get to know the people who do science (aka the scientists). Check out the project’s Facebook page!