About Us

Current Reps-

Jessica  Forsyth


I’m extremely happy to be acting as the new Graduate Representative for BSDB. I hope to represent our needs as graduate students at all upcoming BSDB events and help continue the development of support networks for young researchers.

I’m currently in my second year of my PhD (Wellcome Trust Quantitative and Biophysical Biology) at the University of Manchester.  I completed my Masters of Physics in Physics with Medical Physics and have taken the plunge into Developmental Biology for my PhD. I love the cross disciplinary nature of my programme, and hope to encourage such work within our field. I am in Dr. Berenika Plusa’s lab and am working with Dr. Simon Cotter in the Maths department.

If you have any questions or suggestions please contact me through our email, students@bsdb.org, or our twitter @BSDBgradstudent

Charlotte Sophie Louise Bailey


I am honoured to have been elected to serve on the BSDB committee as postdoc representative. In this role, I aim to draw on my experiences in event management and public outreach to build on the fantastic work of my predecessor Michelle Ware to support postdoctoral scientists within the BSDB community (see the PhD/postdoc website and Facebook group).

Having completed my PhD in the field of vertebrate somitogenesis in the lab of Kim Dale at the University of Dundee, I am now a Marie Curie postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Elke Ober at the Novo Nordisk Center for Stem Cell Biology (DanStem) in Copenhagen. I am interested in determining the cell behavioural dynamics underpinning liver regeneration in zebrafish

Take part and develop your potential as a developmental biologist! Become a member of the BSDB to receive all of these great benefits. Don’t forget to follow ‘The Node’ on their website, Twitter or Facebook and check the BSDB website regularly for many interesting posts and discussions.

Previous Reps-

Alexandra Ashcroft


Alex really enjoyed her tenure as the graduate representative on the BSDB committee as Graduate rep from August 2015 – July 2018. Along with Michelle Ware, Alex created this careers website based on feedback obtained via the 2015 survey of student and postdoc BSDB members. Together they also organised a special writing competition in 2018 to celebrate the society’s 70th birthday. She also helped organise the 2016, 2017 and 2018 BSDB Annual Spring Meetings, focusing on the student and postdoc social, science breakfasts, networking evenings and the careers event. You can read more about what she got up to here. When not having fun with the BSDB or throwing pots, she studied in the Anne Ferguson-Smith laboratory at the University of Cambridge.

Michelle Ware

Michelle Ware

Michelle Ware was the postdoc rep on the BSDB committee from January 2015 – July 2018. Alexandra Ashcroft and Michelle created this careers website after discussions about a lack support for developmental biologists to apply for grants and fellowships. The intention was to create a list of fellowships and provide a developmental biologist who was successful in their application as a contact point to answer questions and provide advice as needed. We also wanted to create a network of developmental biologists who have left academia.

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