DSCB 216 Journal Clubs

DSCB journal clubs are held twice a month. First and second year DSCB students are required to present once in each of the two journal clubs. Students in their third year and beyond are encouraged to attend and participate in both. See the DSCB Journal Club Archives in the right sidebar for past years' journal clubs.

The Wednesday Journal Club (formerly Developmental Biology) takes place at the Mission Bay campus. This series is student-led and is intended to be a less formal environment in which students can develop their presentation skills in a group of peers. Students in their second year and beyond are encouraged to serve as “student coaches” to help first year students prepare their presentations. Papers selected for presentation in this journal club should be recent and impactful manuscripts related to developmental biology.

The Friday Journal Club (formerly Stem Cell) takes place on the Parnassus campus, with two presenters each week. Student presenters are required to work with 2 faculty coaches and any number of student coaches (usually 2-3) to prepare for their presentations. Papers presented in this series should be recent and impactful manuscripts related to stem cell biology.

DSCB Journal Club Chair: Dan Wagner, PhD


Beginning 10/17/2021, Friday Journal Club will be held in-person on the Parnassus campus in N-729. Zoom will continue to be an option for those with medical restrictions.

  • 75 person capacity will be enforced
  • Physical distancing and masking is required at all times
  • Food is not allowed inside the classroom
Please review our Zoom etiquette guidelines before joining the meeting.

The Zoom link and meeting password will be sent out to those on the DSCB listservs the day of every journal club. Please contact Demian Sainz if you are not already on one of our listservs.

The Zoom meetings will be recorded and uploaded to the DSCB intranet. MyAccess sign-in is required in order to view anything on the DSCB Intranet.

2021-22 Schedule

The schedule for the 2021-22 academic year will be updated here shortly. See the DSCB Journal Club Archives in the right sidebar for past years' journal clubs.

Friday, October 15, 2021 - Noon - 1:00PM - Room: N-729

Sophie Dumont, Ph.D. (Faculty)
"I can’t stop pushing: a kinesin pathogenic mutation leads to chromosome segregation reversal"
Thompson AF, Blackburn PR, Babovic-Vuksanovic D, Lian JB,  Klee EW, Stumpff JK. Pathogenic mutations in the chromokinesin KIF22 disrupt anaphase chromosome segregation. bioRxiv 10.1101/2021.09.29.462402 (2021).


Emily Wolfgram (Student)
"Fitness vs. Fecundity: The Role of Arp53D in Drosophila Development"
Schroeder, C.M., Tomlin, S.A., Mejia Natividad, I., Valenzuela, J.R., Young, J.M., & Malik, H. (2021). An actin-related protein that is most highly expressed in Drosophila testes is critical for embryonic development. eLife, 10.
Coaches: Licia Selleri, M.D., Ph.D. and Leanne Jones, Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM - Room: Zoom

TBD (Student)
"Tissue culture tears: the establishment, maintenance, and characterization of lacrimal gland organoids"
Bannier-Hélaouët M, Post Y, Korving J, Trani Bustos M, et al. Exploring the human lacrimal gland using organoids and single-cell sequencing. Cell Stem Cell. 2021 Jul 1;28(7):1221-1232.e7. doi: 10.1016/j.stem.2021.02.024.


Elena Turkalj (Student)
"If it weren’t for those METTLing proteins! METTL3 mRNA methyltransferase and heterochromatin regulation"
Xu, W., Li, J., He, C. et al. METTL3 regulates heterochromatin in mouse embryonic stem cells. Nature 591, 317–321 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03210-1


Friday, November 12, 2021 - Noon - 1:00PM - Room: N-729

Licia Selleri, M.D., Ph.D. (Faculty)
"Enhancers and Genes Hand in Hand": Spatial regulation by multiple Gremlin1 enhancers provides digit development with cis-regulatory robustness and evolutionary plasticity
Malkmus, J., Ramos Martins, L., Jhanwar, S. et al. Spatial regulation by multiple Gremlin1 enhancers provides digit development with cis-regulatory robustness and evolutionary plasticity. Nat Commun 12, 5557 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25810-1


Ali Kalantari (Student)
"Engineering neural tube from a sheet of hPSCs: morphogenesis in vitro by geometric constraints"
Karzbrun, E., Khankhel, A. H., Megale, H. C., Glasauer, S. M., Wyle, Y., Britton, G.,... Streichan, S. J. (2021). Human neural tube morphogenesis in vitro by geometric constraints. Nature. doi:10.1038/s41586-021-04026-9

Wednesday, December 1, 2021 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM - Room: Zoom

Kevin Chen (Student)
"Cell Culture Stares Back: Optic Vesicle Brain Organoids"
Elke Gabriel et al, Human brain organoids assemble functionally integrated bilateral optic vesicles, Cell Stem Cell,Volume 28, Issue 10, 2021, Pages 1740-1757.e8, ISSN 1934-5909, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.stem.2021.07.010.


Ali Kalantari (Student)
"Surface tension drives hydrodynamic instability and induces mammary ducts to form alveoli: Surface-tension-induced budding drives alveologenesis in human mammary gland organoids”
Fernández, P. A., Buchmann, B., Goychuk, A., Engelbrecht, L. K., Raich, M. K., Scheel, C. H., . . . Bausch, A. R. (2021). Surface-tension-induced budding drives alveologenesis in human mammary gland organoids. Nature Physics, 17(10), 1130-1136. doi:10.1038/s41567-021-01336-7

Friday, December 3, 2021 - Noon - 1:00PM - Room: N-729


Abby Buchwalter, PhD (Faculty)
"Putting the squeeze on cell fate"
Transient nuclear deformation primes epigenetic state and promotes cell reprogramming. Yang Song et al., BioRXiV, May 21st, 2021. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.05.19.444886.

Irena Roy (Student)
"Spatiotemporal control of cell cycle acceleration during axolotl spinal cord regeneration"
Costa, C., Otsuki, L., Albors, A., Tanaka, E., Chara, O. (2021). Spatiotemporal control of cell cycle acceleration during axolotl spinal cord regeneration. Elife, 10.
Coaches: Guo Huang and Todd Nystul

Friday, January 21, 2022 - Noon - 1:00PM - Room: TBD

Haley Smith (Student)
"Capturing the dynamism of the endometrium"
Garcia-Alonso, L., Handfield, LF., Roberts, K. et al. Mapping the temporal and spatial dynamics of the human endometrium in vivo and in vitro. Nat Genet 53, 1698–1711 (2021).
Coaches: Susan Fisher, PhD & Barbara Panning, PhD


Ernesto Rojas (Student)
" 'Was that me or you?'- Modeling FGF4 as a population proportion organizer"
Raina, D., Bahadori, A., Stanoev, A., Protzek, M., Koseska, A., and Schröter, C. (2021). Cell-cell communication through FGF4 generates and maintains robust proportions of differentiated cell types in embryonic stem cells. Development 148, dev199926.
Coaches: Robert Blelloch, MD, PhD & Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD

Friday, March 18, 2022 - Noon - 1:00PM - Room: TBD

Elena Turkalj (Student)
"RNA modifications altering time. How an rRNA methylator influences the temporal progression of neural stem cells"
Wu, Q., Shichino, Y., Abe, T. et al. Selective translation of epigenetic modifiers affects the temporal pattern and differentiation of neural stem cells. Nat Commun 13, 470 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-022-28097-y
Coaches: Caroline Vissers, PhD & Michael Oldham, PhD


Kevin Chen (Student)
“Another expensive and hard to analyze -omic technique: Spatial Epitranscriptomics”
Deng Y, Bartosovic M, Kukanja P, Zhang D, Liu Y, Su G, Enninful A, Bai Z, Castelo-Branco G, Fan R. Spatial-CUT&Tag: Spatially resolved chromatin modification profiling at the cellular level. Science. 2022 Feb 11;375(6581):681-686. doi: 10.1126/science.abg7216. Epub 2022 Feb 10. PMID: 35143307.
Coaches: Elphege Nora, PhD & Daniel Wagner, PhD

Wednesday, May 11, 2022 - 5:00PM - 7:00PM - Room: TBD

Lauren Shechtman (Student)
"Live coverage of a novel model of cell division"
Chan, K.Y., Yan, CC.S., Roan, HY. et al. Skin cells undergo asynthetic fission to expand body surfaces in zebrafish. Nature (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04641-0 


Emily Wolfgram (Student)
"Warm and cold temperatures have distinct germline stem cell lineage effects during Drosophila oogenesis."
Gandara, A. C. P. & Drummond-Barbosa, D. Warm and cold temperatures have distinct germline stem cell lineage effects during Drosophila oogenesis. Development 149, (2022)

Friday, May 13, 2022 - Noon - 1:00PM - Room: HSW-301

Jaz Harris (Student)
"Two is better than one - fused brain organoids to model Rett syndrome"
Samarasinghe, R.A., Miranda, O.A., Buth, J.E. et al. Identification of neural oscillations and epileptiform changes in human brain organoids. Nat Neurosci 24, 1488–1500 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-021-00906-5
Coaches: Mercedes Paredes, MD, PhD & Tomasz Nowakowski, PhD


Lauren Shechtman (Student)
"Roadmap of human blood stem cell development"
Calvanese, V., Capellera-Garcia, S., Ma, F. et al. Mapping human haematopoietic stem cells from haemogenic endothelium to birth. Nature 604, 534–540 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-022-04571-x
Coaches: Barbara Panning, PhD & Hilde Schjerven, PhD