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First Person

As a community journal, BiO is keen to support the next generation of biomedical scientists. Here, we present a series of interviews with the first authors of a selection of papers published in BiO, helping early-career researchers promote themselves alongside their papers. The authors talk about their work in and out of the lab, the journeys that led them to where they are now and the issues they feel are priorities for early-career researchers. Select an author from the list below or visit our Interviews archive to read a transcript of their interview.

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The interviews below were published as supplementary information to the Research or Methods & Techniques article. We now publish First Person interviews as separate articles, which are archived here

Minna Piipponen, University of Turku, Finland
Long non-coding RNA PICSAR decreases adhesion and promotes migration of squamous carcinoma cells by downregulating α2β1 and α5β1 integrin expression. Biology Open 2018 7: bio037044

Tomoko Matsuzaki, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
The RECK tumor-suppressor protein binds and stabilizes ADAMTS10. Biology Open 2018 7: bio033985

Timothy Jakobi, RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
Bees with attitude: the effects of directed gusts on flight trajectories. Biology Open 2018 7: bio034074

Alexander Knorr, University Hospital Großhadern, Munich, Germany and Céline Gravo, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat, Munich, Germany
I spy with my little eye: a simple behavioral assay to test color sensitivity on digital displays. Biology Open 2018 7: bio035725

Qiang Yang, Jiangxi Agricultural University, Nanchang, China
A model of mucopolysaccharidosis type IIIB in pigs. Biology Open 2018 7: bio035386

Lauren Nadler, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Oslo, Norway
Role of water flow regime in the swimming behaviour and escape performance of a schooling fish. Biology Open 2018 7: bio031997

Cláudia Rosa-Ferreira, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, UK
The small G protein Arl8 contributes to lysosomal function and long-range axonal transport in Drosophila. Biology Open 2018 7: bio035964

Ana Rato, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research, and Portuguese Institute for Sea and Atmosphere, Portugal
Viability of dietary substitution of live microalgae with dry Ulva rigidain broodstock conditioning of the Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas). Biology Open 2018 7: bio035923

Arthur Molines, University of California, San Francisco, USA
EB1 contributes to microtubule bundling and organization, along with root growth, in Arabidopsis thaliana. Biology Open 2018 7: bio.030510

Pascal Malkemper, Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Vienna, Austria
Ectopic otoconial formation in the lagena of the pigeon inner ear. Biology Open 2018 7: bio.034462

Ashish Nerlekar, Pune, India
Seasonally dependent relationship between insect herbivores and host plant density in Jatropha nana, a tropical perennial herb. Biology Open 2018 7: bio.035071

Catherine Green Galbraith, Oregon Health Science University, Portland, USA
Coupling integrin dynamics to cellular adhesion behaviors. Biology Open 2018 7: bio.036806

Avinash Khandagale, Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden
Coagulation factor 9-deficient mice are protected against dextran sulfate sodium-induced colitis. Biology Open 2018 7: bio.034140

Anna Hoy, University of Edinburgh, UK
Non-invasive assessment of liver disease in rats using multiparametric magnetic resonance imaging: a feasibility study. Biology Open 2018 7: bio.033910

Birgit Brüggemeier, Fraunhofer-Institut für Integrierte Schaltungen, Erlangen, Germany
Female Drosophila melanogaster respond to song-amplitude modulations. Biology Open 2018 7: bio032003

Matheus Salgado de Oliveira, Nature Research Center, University of Vale do Paraíba, São Paulo, Brazil
Physiological evaluation of the behavior and epidermis of freshwater planarians (Girardia tigrina and Girardia sp.) exposed to stressors. Biology Open 2018 7: bio029595

Geng Qin, South China Sea Institute of Oceanography, China
Temperature-induced physiological stress and reproductive characteristics of the migratory seahorse Hippocampus erectus during a thermal stress simulation. Biology Open 2018 7: bio032888

Megumi Matsuo, Japan Women’s University, Tokyo, Japan
A semi-automatic and quantitative method to evaluate behavioral photosensitivity in animals based on the optomotor response (OMR). Biology Open 2018 7: bio033175

Yuko Urata, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan
Spatio-temporal neural stem cell behavior leads to both perfect and imperfect structural brain regeneration in adult newts. Biology Open 2018 7: bio033142

Jo-Anne Johnson, The Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK
Fank1 and Jazf1 promote multiciliated cell differentiation in the mouse airway epithelium. Biology Open 2018 7: bio033944

Shaughna Langerak, Central Michigan University, USA
The Drosophila TGF-beta/Activin-like ligands Dawdle and Myoglianin appear to modulate adult lifespan through regulation of 26S proteasome function in adult muscle. Biology Open 2018 7: bio029454; doi: 10.1242/bio.029454

Hiroaki Mitsuhashi, Tokai University, Kanagawa, Japan
Functional domains of the FSHD-associated DUX4 protein. Biology Open 2018 7: bio033977

Esti Wahyu Widowati, RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Functional characterization of DYRK1A missense variants associated with a syndromic form of intellectual deficiency and autism. Biology Open 2018 7: bio032862

Laura Langan, School of Biological and Marine Sciences, Plymouth, UK
Establishment and long-term maintenance of primary intestinal epithelial cells cultured from the rainbow trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss. Biology Open 2018 7: bio032870

Leonie Venter, North-West University, Potchefstroom Campus, South Africa
The cross-tissue metabolic response of abalone (Haliotis midae) to functional hypoxia. Biology Open 2018 7: bio031070

Debabrata Patra, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
Site-1 protease regulates skeletal stem cell population and osteogenic differentiation in mice. Biology Open 2018 7: bio032094

Raghubendra Dagur, University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA
Human hepatocyte depletion in the presence of HIV-1 infection in dual reconstituted humanized mice. Biology Open 2018 7: bio029785

Jennifer Kasemeier-Kulesa, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
NGF reprograms metastatic melanoma to a bipotent glial-melanocyte neural crest-like precursor. Biology Open 2018 7: bio030817

Ata ur Rahman Mohammed Abdul, Chromak Research Inc., USA
The GSK3 kinase inhibitor lithium produces unexpected hyperphosphorylation of β-catenin, a GSK3 substrate, in human glioblastoma cells. Biology Open 2018 7: bio030874

Dana Cairns, Tufts University, USA
Niclosamide rescues microcephaly in a humanized in vivo model of Zika infection using human induced neural stem cells. Biology Open 2018 7: bio031807

Dror Sagi, Tel Aviv University, Israel
The addition of a developmental factor, unc-62, to already long-lived worms increases lifespan and healthspan. Biology Open 2017 6: 1796-1801

Rajeswari Banerji, Lehigh University, USA
Cohesin mediates Esco2-dependent transcriptional regulation in a zebrafish regenerating fin model of Roberts Syndrome. Biology Open 2017 6: 1802-1813

Jeffrey Feaster, University at Buffalo, USA
A computational study on the influence of insect wing geometry on bee flight mechanics. Biology Open 2017 6: 1784-1795

Bang Xiao, The Second Military Medical University, Shanghai, China
Transcriptome sequencing of the naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) and identification of hypoxia tolerance genes. Biology Open 2017 6: 1904-1912

Fidel-Nicolás Lolo Romero, Spanish National Cardiovascular Research Centre, Madrid, Spain
Elimination of classically-activated macrophages in tumor-conditioned medium by alternatively-activated macrophages. Biology Open 2017 6: 1897-1903

Sushama Sivakumar, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Phosphatase-regulated recruitment of the spindle- and kinetochore-associated (Ska) complex to kinetochores. Biology Open 2017 6: 1672-1679

Gina Smith, University of Leeds, UK
Ubiquitination of basal VEGFR2 regulates signal transduction and endothelial function. Biology Open 2017 6: 1404-1415

Vaibhav Pai, Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University, USA
HCN4 ion channel function is required for early events that regulate anatomical left-right patterning in a nodal and lefty asymmetric gene expression-independent manner. Biology Open 2017 6: 1445-1457

Rishel Vohnoutka, SUNY Upstate Medical University, USA
Influence of a GSK3β phosphorylation site within the proximal C-terminus of Neurofilament-H on neurofilament dynamics. Biology Open 2017 6: 1516-1527

Danielle Bower, University of Bern, Switzerland
SERCA directs cell migration and branching across species and germ layers. Biology Open 2017 6: 1458-1471

Nicole Myer, University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, USA
CLASP1 regulates endothelial cell branching morphology and directed migration. Biology Open 2017 6: 1502-1515

Hamed Rajabi, Kiel University, Germany
The probability of wing damage in the dragonfly Sympetrum vulgatum (Anisoptera: Libellulidae): a field study. Biology Open 2017 6: 1290-1293

Amer Al Khatib, CABD, Spain
Specific expression and function of the Six3 optix in Drosophila serially homologous organs. Biology Open 2017 6: 1155-1164

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