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Cell and Developmental Biology

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Research in the Cell and Developmental Biology theme seeks to unravel the cellular basis of animal biology. 

We aim to understand how cells function, how their activities contribute to animal physiology and behaviour, and how they cooperate during development to create specific structures, organs and tissues. Our research spans a wide range of topics from DNA replication through to the evolution of developmental systems.

Many of our research questions involve understanding the mechanisms by which cells communicate and interact. In order to integrate cellular mechanisms with the biology of whole animals we employ well characterised and highly tractable model organisms such as C. elegans, Drosophila and Xenopus along with other appropriate systems.

Research Groups

Baylis Group

The control of animal biology by calcium signalling

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Butterfly Genetics Group

Genomics, adaptation and speciation in the Lepidoptera

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Conduit Lab

Understanding how microtubules are generated

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Drosophila Connectomics

Reconstruction of the circuits involved in olfactory learning and memory in the adult fly

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Gillis Lab

Development and evolution of the vertebrate skeleton

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Krude Lab

Regulation of chromosomal DNA replication in human cells. Mechanisms of non-coding Y RNA function.

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Neural Network Development Group

Development of neural networks & reactive oxygen species signalling in the nervous system

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Palacios Lab

Understanding the genetic, cell biology and biophysics basis of cell polarity and cell fate in a multicellular organism.

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Weil Lab

Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms coordinating transcriptional regulation at key transitions in cell fate in response to external signals or developmental cues.

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