What is Cell Biology?
It’s all in the name, really! Cell biologists want to understand how the cell does what it needs to do, working from molecules, through whole cells, up to tissues and organs. Fundamental questions include: how do cells perform basic functions such as growth, division, secretion of proteins and uptake of nutrients; how do they become specialised for particular jobs; and how do cells interact with each other to make up your body? What goes wrong in diseases like cancer? One aspect that makes cell biology so fascinating is that it centres on the dynamics of all of these processes, so cell biologisits often use light microscopy to watch the cell in action. It’s no surprise that videos of experiments are a key feature of many cell biology modules in the course!
So, if you want to learn about the birth, life and death of cells, all the way from molecules to tissues, then cell biology is the degree for you.
Your course director is: Dr Jon Pittman
HeLa cells expressing a cytoskeletal protein fused to fluorescent protein (green) with DNA (blue), and imaged by fluorescence light microscopy.