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PDB Journal Club

The Developmental Biology Journal Club (DBJC) is a weekly forum where program members can learn about and discuss recently published developmental biology-themed research findings.

DBJC is a course, CBIO-GS8331, named Current Topics in Stem Cell and Developmental Biology.  This course, offered in both fall and spring semesters meets once per week to hear a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow, or faculty member discuss a research paper from outside his or her own field of research, with substantial audience Q&A and discussion. Students taking the course for credit must attend most of the semester’s presentations. After pairing with a faculty mentor, they together choose and prepare a topical paper that the trainee presents towards the end of the semester. Students planning to register must contact and discuss plans with the director ( in the preceding semester.

Graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and primary investigators all share presentation responsibilities. Once a member is chosen to present at the DBJC he or she must choose a topic outside his or her typical field of interest, adapt the article for a 30-40 minute PowerPoint presentation, and be prepared to discuss the work in a Q&A session afterwards.

Journal Club is a great way for less-established researchers to gain public speaking and question-and-answer experience in a collegial, non-stressful environment. Additionally, younger program members can learn staging and questioning skills from senior member DBJC presentations. Refreshments are always served and attendees are encouraged to continue their discussions after the seminar has ended.

Journal Club

Dear PDB members,

John Snow (Graduate student in Ess lab) will present the paper: “Memo1-Mediated Tiling of Radial Glial Cells Facilitates Cerebral Cortical Development” (by Nakagawa et al., Neuron, September 2019) on October 18th in MRB III 3131 at 4:00 PM.

We look forward to seeing you then.


Indrayani Waghmare, PhD
Research Fellow, Page-McCaw Lab
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology
Vanderbilt University
465, 21st Avenue South, MRBIII, U-4200
TN 37240-7935
Ph: 615 875 5842
Mobile: 978 727 5815


Annual Retreat

September 5 & 6, 2019.   Pickwick Landing *which will also close after our visit for demolish/remodel (already planned – not because they expect we will trash it!)

Keynote Speaker: Prof. Marnie Halpern from the Carnegie Institution of Washington –

Thank you!

Christopher V. E. Wright, D.Phil.

Director, Vanderbilt University Program in Developmental Biology
Associate Director, Vanderbilt Center for Stem Cell Biology
Louise B. McGavock Chair
Professor and Vice-Chair for Faculty Affairs,
Dept. Cell & Developmental Biology

2213 Garland Avenue
Nashville, TN 37232-0494
phone  615-343-8256
FAX  615-343-4539

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