Cell division laboratory news

<p>Mutant Drosophila melanogaster spermatozoa. The heads are severed from the tail ends and are dispersed. Photo courtesy of S. Llamazares / Gonzalez Lab</p>
16 May 2018

Al Día Cat, Diario Médico, El Confidencial, Phys.org, Scienmag, among other national and international media, have published articles about the latest research led by IRB Barcelona that has identified the critical role played by the CENTROBIN protein in male fertility.

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<p>Normal Drosophila melanogaster spermatozoa. Orange shows heads and green shows tails. Photo courtesy of S. Llamazares / Gonzalez Lab</p>
11 May 2018

The study, published in The Journal of Cell Biology, focuses on the development of the sperm tail, the structure that enables sperm cells to swim and is therefore critical for male fertility.
 

<p>Teachers and scientists working together.</p>
17 Mar 2017

IRB Barcelona is to participate in the twelfth edition of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation's Teachers and Science Programme.

Teachers will work alongside the scientists to develop resources that can be taken back to the classroom.

<p>IRB Barcelona alumna Ana Janic is now a postdoc in Australia</p>
23 Nov 2016

Ana Janic (Serbia, 1978) finished a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology and Physiology at the University of Belgrade in 2005, after which she moved to Barcelona for a summer internship in Cayetano González’s Cell Division Laboratory. This experience led her to undertake a PhD at IRB Barcelona, during which she developed a research project in the field of Drosophila tumour biology. Her thesis was graded cum laude by the University of Barcelona and was awarded  the “Premis Extraordinaris de Doctorat 2011” as the best doctoral thesis that year. She then moved to Andreas Strasser’s Lab at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne, Australia, to carry out postdoctoral research in molecular genetics of haematopoietic malignancies. Ana and her husband have been living in Australia since 2011, and they had a daughter, Emma, in 2014. She visited IRB Barcelona in October to give a talk on her current research.

 

1 Jul 2016

Cayetano González, group leader of the Cell Division Laboratory, comments in Investigación y Ciencia on the research done by E. Derivery, at the University of Geneva, addressing a special case of asymmetrical cell division in Drosophila. These kinds of division, where the two daughters of a dividing cell receive different complements of “fate” factors, are vital for the development of multicellular organisms,...

10 Dec 2015

A comment by Cayetano González in Nature News & Views

5 Oct 2015

Various media channels have commented on a study published in Nature Protocols by Fabrizio Rossi, postdoctoral fellow at IRB Barcelona, and Cayetano González, ICREA researcher and group leader of the Cell division laboratory. The study addresses a recovered technique for tissue transplants in Drosophila. This method was originally invented in 1935, but had fallen into misuse. The article describes the materials, equipment, and approaches required to implement the protocol quickly and effectively and provides links to videos...

15 Sep 2015

Scientists at IRB Barcelona publish the details of an old tissue transplant method for Drosophila melanogaster.

This technique allows the study of tumour growth and tissue regeneration

24 Aug 2015

The digital edition of the “El Periódico de Catalunya” newspaper, as well as other digital media, has published an article published in Current Biology about the discovery made by researchers led by Cayetano González, group leader of the Cell Division Laboratory at IRB Barcelona. The study shows that the absence of the protein Centrobin in cell centrioles determines their ability to form a cilium. The absence or malfunction of the cilia causes many diseases in humans (ciliopathies).

<p>The bristle is a mechano-sensory organ that houses the cilium projected by a neuron.  Two structures found at the base of each cilium, centriole, and transition zone, can be seen in green and red, respectively (Gonzalez Lab)</p>
21 Aug 2015

The study, published in Current Biology, focuses on cilia, the cellular structures that by sensing chemicals and mechanical forces allow for smelling, hearing, and many other essential functions.