Organisational unit: Research Theme
Dynamic Cell Biology research focuses on the mechanisms and systems that allow cells in the body to perform their huge diversity of functions. Only by a detailed knowledge of how cells work, what they do, and how they interact with one another are we able to understand how body systems operate and how they fail. Such research has a crucial role to play in developing our understanding and treatment of human disease.
Advances in the field of human genomics have led to the identification of the genetic mutations and perturbed levels of gene expression that lie at the heart of complex diseases such as diabetes and cancer. But this knowledge in itself is insufficient to understand the disease process. Only by examining gene function in individual cells, tissues and whole organisms is it possible to fully understand the causes of disease and design new drug treatments.