Cell and Developmental Biology
In Cell and Developmental Biology we use a range of cell types and advanced imaging techniques to investigate organelle dynamics, intracellular trafficking, fungal growth, neurobiology, stem cell development and plant cell responses to pathogen ingress.
Key research areas:
- The neural circuit bases of behaviour marine annelid Platynereis
- The role of intercellular contact via actin-based filopodia in Wnt-based signalling and general Zebra Fish developmental biology
- The role of peroxisomes in disease
- The role of microtubules in spindle function
- Fungal cell biology
- Pluripotent stem cell biology
- Cell phenotypic responses to antibiotic stress
The theme is primarily based in the Living Systems Institute (LSI), which is directed by Professor Austin Smith FRS: a world-leader in the developmental trajectory of pluripotent stem cells. Techniques we use include bioimaging and the LSI's advanced super-resolution imaging.