Cell and Developmental Biology

Development of multicellular organisms, interaction between cells and the cellular matrix, regulation of stem cell function.

Programmes

  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc Medical Biochemistry, BSc Biological Sciences, BSc Human Biology

Level

Year Two

20 Credits

This module will cover relevant areas in the understanding of cell and developmental biology, with a major focus on the methods and model systems employed in these areas. Particular focus will be placed on the synthesis and trafficking of proteins in the cell, as well as the mechanisms through which cells physically interact with each other and the extracellular matrix to regulate differentiation and function.

Development of multicellular organisms will be analysed from the regulation of stem cell function to the differentiation of organs. The control of development will be analysed from genetic, molecular and cellular perspectives. A focus on research and careers in scientific research will be provided by individual lectures from experts in cell bioogy from Biosciences, the Medical School and industry.

Delivery

Lectures, seminars, guided independent study

Assessment

Coursework (30%); Exam (70%)