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Animal Cells and Systems

A research group of the Department of Biosciences.

Group Coordinator: Dr Adam Benham

We are a grouping of animal biologists working on a range of fundamental biological questions, most of which underpin biomedical interests relevant to the bioeconomy.

Our research ranges from the subcellular level to the whole animal system and is divided into three thematic areas:

Mechanisms of development and ageing - including stem cell biology and age related disease

Cell to system organization and function – focusing on the cytoskeleton, membrane biology and signalling from subcellular to whole animal systems

Cell and tissue biotechnology – incorporating tissue engineering, development and application of in vitro models and biomarkers of health and disease

As a group our fundamental strengths are in basic bioscience and biotechnology using a variety of platform technologies from tissue culture to model organisms. We develop and use a range of state-of-the-art technologies including advanced bioimaging, omics-based approaches and computational strategies. Through interdisciplinary research we have and encourage strong links with other science and medical disciplines within our faculty and with external national and international organisations. These include major corporate industries, HE Institutes and NHS Trusts to develop the medical applications of our research and the fundamental knowledge it delivers. This enables us to realise the value and impact of our fundamental research in underpinning advances for the health and wellbeing of our society.

Academic Members: Prof Carrie A. Ambler, Dr Daphne BazopoulouDr Adam Benham, Dr P Chazot, Dr Rebecca Clark, Dr Vincent Croset, Dr Tim Davies, Dr David Doupe, Dr Martin GoldbergProf Colin Jahoda, Dr Akis (Iakowos) Karakesisoglou, Dr Arto MaattaProf Stefan Przyborski, Dr S Pyner, Prof Roy Andrew Quinlan, Dr Olena Riabinina, Dr David Weinkove

Affiliates: Dr Martin Schröder, Dr Sushma Grellscheid, Prof Paul Denny


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Publications by staff in this group

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