Life and Death of a Cell

Life and Death of the Cell student posterThis 10 credit second year module will provide an overview of the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in cell growth, cell death by apoptosis, cell differentiation using stem cells, cell adhesion and cell motility. Practical classes will provide hands-on experience in the laboratory of cutting edge techniques and poster presentations will be in the format of a scientific conference.




Autumn Term


Dr Philippa DarbreProfessor Emeritus Philippa Darbre is a biochemist and molecular cell biologist with a research interest in oestrogen action in breast cancer. She began her career with a BScHons degree in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham and a PhD degree in Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Cambridge. Her postdoctoral research began at the Molecular Medicine Institute at the University of Oxford where she held the first Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship of the University of Oxford and a Junior Research Fellowship at St Hugh's College. Philippa then moved to the Imperial Cancer Research Fund Laboratories in central London (now Cancer Research UK) where she became Head of the Cellular Endocrinology Laboratory. In 1991, she moved to the University of Reading, initially as a Lecturer, then Senior Lecturer and now Reader.

FryMike_largeDr Michael Fry is the Director of Teaching and Learning for the School of Biological Sciences. His research interests are focussed on cell signalling and communication and invetigating how cell communication goes wrong in diseases such as cancer. He is particularly interested in applying mathematical modelling approaches to better understand how complex systems such as cells work.



DashPhil_largeDr Philip Dash is a cell biologist interested in understanding cell movement. Excessive cell movement is a major problem in cancer as this can lead to the spread of the cancer cells throughout the body, a process called metastasis that is responsible for most cancer deaths. Phil has a BSc Hons degree in Zoology from the University of Reading, an MSc in Toxicology from the University of Birmingham and a PhD in Cancer Studies also from the university of Birmingham. He previously worked at the medical school at St George's, University of London and at the School of Cancer Studies at the University of Birmingham.

Module convenor: Professor Emeritus Philippa Darbre

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