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EngBio ECRs Meet and Talk

EngBio Postdocs (formerly SynBio Postdocs) is a initiative to help connect postdocs across the university. We will be hosting regular events where you can meet and network with other postdocs from across university departments, as well as supporting postdocs to pursue their own projects and initiatives.

Postdocs are welcome from across the University and University-affiliated institutes (MRC-LMB, Babraham Institute etc.). Whilst the main aim of the group is to support postdocs, interested PhD students and other research staff are more than welcome to join our meetings.

You can sign up to join the EngBio Postdoc community and receive notifications about events and opportunities using the link here list information on Sympa. Look for Engbio Postdocs List or sign up at the form at end of page.

You can also receive notifications about upcoming meetings by signing up to the Meetup Group and Postdoc Mailing List (below)



Next meeting held at PostDoc Centre, Basement, 16 Mill Lane.

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Next Meeting: 16 October, 4pm at Postdoc Centre, Basement, 16 Mill Lane. Sign Up HERE 

Note time change 4pm-5pm

Short Talk by Guillermo Serrano Najera, Dept. of Genetics

Title: Inferring individual cell behaviours from the tissue movements.

Abstract: During my PhD I worked with very large image time-lapse dataset of living embryos. We developed techniques to analyse these data to study cell behaviours including individual cell segmentation and tracking. However, we also developed computational techniques far easier and faster to use that give information on cell behaviours analysing the tissue flows even when individual cells cannot be detected either because they are not labelled, or because the quality of the image is poor.

Bio: Dr Guillermo Serrano Nájera is interested in how cells coordinate their behaviours to generate tissues and organs during animal embryonic development. He completed his PhD at the University of Dundee, where he combined computational analysis, microscopy, and developmental biology to study early chick embryos. He described how to manipulate chick embryos to reproduce tissue movement typical of other species (frogs, fish, and chameleons). These results show the plasticity of embryonic development and illuminate how different animal morphologies can evolve. He continues exploring embryonic development and evolution using novel stem cells based in vitro systems that mimic essential aspects of early development such as germ-layer differentiation and morphogenesis.


Previous Meets

  • 18 September, Aaran Vijayakumaran, MRC Toxicology Unit.
    'The Nanoscale Architecture Of The Airway Epithelium By Volumetric EM, Deep-Learning Segmentation and Super-Resolution Imaging.'
  • 17 July, 12pm-1pm  Layla Malouf, Dept of Chemical Engineering & Biotechnology. Title: Building synthetic cells using DNA nanotechnology.
  • 19 June, 12pm-1pm  Devmalya Sarkar, Insitute of Manufacturing.  Title: ‘App’reciating User Needs: early-stage user involvement in need identification for user-centric health apps
  • Monday 15 May MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (LMB)  12pm-1.30pm.  MRC LMB Talks and Tour,  Edoardo Gianni, PhD Talk Title: Engineering a self-replicating RNA machine
  • Monday 17 April, 12pm-1pm. Postdoc Centre, Mill Lane. Dr Nikolai Kazantsev  ‘Rapid Response Capability to Future Disruptions: A Consortium Network Case’
  • Monday 20 March, 12pm-1pm Postdoc Meet and Greet at Dept. Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology (CEB), Philippa Fawcett Drive, West Cambridge Site CB3 0AS.
  • Monday 20th February 2023 12pm-1pm - Dr Jenny Molloy will host a meet and greet.

Information about past meetings is available in the meeting archive.


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