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14 May 2021

Today we met in the park for a picnic to say goodbye to Liam, who did a research project in the lab for the last 5 months. We will miss him!

14 April 2021

After a long delay due to the pandemic, Jameela has joined our lab as a PhD student. Welcome!

28 September2020

Ioanna has started her PhD in our lab. Welcome!

20 July 2020

After a 5 months lockdown, we are finally back in the lab!

03 June 2020

PhD position available: Please note that this position is now filled.

We currently have one funded PhD position available (covering home student tuition fees (UK/EU)). We are looking for an ambitious PhD student to join our lab to explore the roles of motile fat body cells  in wound healing and cancer using sophisticated genetic, molecular and live imaging techniques. 


Candidates are expected to hold a 1st or 2:1 class degree (or equivalent) in a suitable biomedical science-related area, and to have a strong interest in developmental and cell biology. Candidates with experience in biomedical laboratory work are particularly encouraged to apply. To apply, or for additional information please contact  Anna Franz with a cover letter, CV and a brief statement of research interests. There is no formal closing date for applications but a student will be appointed as soon as a suitable, high quality candidate is identified. 


Start date: September 2020 but flexible. 

01 June 2020

Barizah has joined us to do her BioMedSci MSc project in our lab studying fat body cell remodelling. A remote welcome to the lab!

20 May 2020

Lockdown since  20th of March 2020. We can't wait for the lab to reopen in summer! We hope everyone is safe!

01 April 2020

Our review on the swimming migration of fat body cells is out in Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology!

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22 October 2019

Zehra and Cyril have joined the lab. Welcome! 

8 July 2019

Postdoc position available: We currently have one postdoc position available. We are looking for an ambitious postdoctoral fellow to join in the fun exploring motile fat body cells and their roles in wound healing and cancer using sophisticated genetic, molecular and live imaging techniques. For more details please contact Anna Franz directly (along with your CV and cover letter describing your research interests). Find out more about the position and submit your formal application through UCL's job portal till 9th of August 2019. 

22 April 2019

Anna Franz has been awarded the Genetics Society of America (GSA) "Drosophila Image Award" 2019 for “the most compelling blend of aesthetics and important science that is demonstrated in a video image” 

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10 March 2018

Our recent paper "Fat Body Cells Are Motile and Actively Migrate to Wounds to Drive Repair and Prevent Infection" was featured in the NEW YORK TIMES

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