Results about: drosophila

The fly reveals a new signal involved in limb growth

Researchers at IRB Barcelona identify a fundamental role of the JAK/STAT signalling pathway in the development and growth regulation of limbs in Drosophila.

Published in Nature Communications, the study paves the way to research into the function of this pathway in vertebrate development and its possible involvement in human congenital diseases.

“IRB Barcelona will always be special because I took my first steps as a scientist here”

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.

 

Developmental biology offers the key to finding solutions for paediatric cancer, metastasis, and regeneration

From today and until Wednesday, 150 scientists from around the world will debate plasticity and cell migration in the new gathering in the Barcelona Biomed Conference Series, organised by IRB Barcelona and the BBVA Foundation.

The 28th conference in this series brings together biologists devoted to the study of development in animal models, specialists in cancer, and paediatricians.

Research into fly development provides insights into blood vessel formation

Researchers working with flies at IRB Barcelona describe that the concentration of some small intracellular organelles determines the branching capacity of tracheal cells.

Tracheal cells are analogous to the cells that form blood vessels in the human body. The inhibition or stimulation of new blood vessels has implications in cancer and in tissue regeneration.

Gene regulation, evolution and the exploitation of new habitats

Changes in the regulation of two genes explain how the Drosophila respiratory system evolved from a primitive to a more developed state

Published in Development