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An interview with Maria Leptin

  Maria Leptin Maria Leptin is full Professor at the Institute of Genetics, University of Cologne and Group Leader at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. In 2010 she was appointed Director of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). She received her PhD in 1983 and carried her postdoctoral work at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB) in Cambridge, UK. From 1989-1994 she was Group leader at the Max Planck Institute in Tübingen. The Leptin group studies the mechanisms and forces that determine cell shape in Drosophila and uses zebrafish to analyse innate immune signalling.   How did you first become interested in developmental biology?   It was at the end of my PhD - which was in immunology - when I had to decide what to do for a postdoc. I used to go to seminars at the Basel  Biozentrum , and had heard about germline transformation in Drosophila, from Alan  Spradling , I think, and also about genome walking. The othe
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Entrevista con Elisa Martí

  Elisa Martí Elisa Marti is a Group leader in the Instituto de  Biología  Molecular de Barcelona since 2001. Following her PhD research at the Hammersmith Hospital (Royal Postgraduate Medical School, London University), she undertook postdoctoral training at Harvard University, USA. In 1998, she joined CSIC, as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the  Cajal  Institute (Madrid). Her current research interest  include  the role of extracellular signals and the genetic networks that control cell numbers, cell identity and cell shape changes during the embryonic development of the neural tube.  She has been elected as new EMBO Member in 2021. ¿Qué es para ti la biología del desarrollo?   La construcción de un individuo, a partir una única célula, es una pregunta que ha fascinado a la humanidad durante toda nuestra historia como seres pensantes, y ha sido la fuerza motriz en mi investigación. Dentro de esta gran e inacabable pregunta, me he interesado por los mecanismos que regulan la construcció

An interview with Tatjana Sauka-Spengler

  Tatjana  Sauka -Spengle r  Tatjana  Sauka -Spengler is Professor of Developmental Genomics and Gene Regulation at the University of Oxford. She runs a multidisciplinary research group at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. Prof  Sauka -Spengler has interdisciplinary background and training in both physics and biology and her research is guided by a profound interest in understanding network organisation of gene regulatory programmes underlying developmental processes and their modification in human disease. One of the main focuses of her lab is on deciphering gene regulatory circuitry that orchestrates development of vertebrate neural crest cells and cardiac cell types.   How did you first become interested in developmental biology?   I was part of a graduate programme at the University of Paris entitled "Interface Physics-Biology",  led  by two brilliant professors, André  Adoutte  (biology) and Luc Valentin (Physics). The programme took a minimal number of stu