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Cell Signalling

Cell signalling is the process by which cells and molecules communicate information to each other. This process evokes a functional response. These mechanisms allow cells to respond to both extra and intracellular signals. This underpins many areas of biology.

Disruption of these pathways can cause or contribute to the pathology of many human diseases. It also causes impact on the pathobiology of infectious agents such as:

  • bacteria
  • viruses
  • fungi

Targeting these pathways forms the basis of many current and future clinical therapies.

Our multi-disciplinary approach of this theme will encompass fundamental, applied and translational research. Our focus is on dissecting and understanding the molecular basis of cell signalling in normal cellular function. We're investigating this in disease and in model and pathogenic organisms.

We aim to exploit this knowledge to help develop or improve new and existing therapies.

Research Culture

We support early career researchers (ECRs) across all career stages. From PhD students to research fellows newly gaining independence. We help ECRs to:

  • find a mentor
  • identify fellowship funding streams
  • assist with their applications and prepare for interviews
  • provide confidential pastoral care.

Regular training and networking events support and develop our next generation of future leaders.
ECR Leads: Elizabeth Veal, Shoba Amarnath, Kelly Coffey.

We strive to implement university’s Equality Diversity and Inclusion policy within our theme. We encourage family-friendly flexible working patterns.
EDI Lead: Ruchi Shukla.

We are keen to develop teaching modules and undergraduate/MRes projects based on our research.
Educations Leads: Alessio Iannetti, Neil Perkins.

Research in Progress talks provide an opportunity to discuss data in an informal and supportive setting. Postgraduate students, researchers and technicians are all encouraged to take part.
Research in Progress Lead: Laura Greaves.