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Department of Zoology


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.