Developmental and Regenerative Biology
Understanding development and cellular differentiation to deliver new mechanistic insights and translational applications in regenerative medicine, wound healing and tissue repair.
This theme aims to foster a multi-disciplinary research network that adds value by linking fundamental research into the development of cells, tissues and organisms, with a wide range of biomedical applications based on this foundation.
Developmental and Regenerative Biology is a broad research theme that draws on and influences numerous disciplines across the Schools of the College of Biomedical and Life Sciences. We strive to understand development and cell differentiation to produce new mechanistic insights into organism development and to deliver novel translational applications in regenerative medicine, wound healing and tissue repair. To promote this pure and applied Developmental Biology there are three inter-related sub-themes.
The theme recognises strengths in three inter-related sub-themes.
Investigating how living things grow and develop to produce the diversity of form and function. This embraces a breadth of approaches from analysing how genes drive the production of different animal and plant cells, organs and tissues to the imaging and modelling of these events.
Stem Cells and Cell Differentiation
Unravelling the genetic programs that produce distinct differentiated cell-types, the maintenance and expansion of stem cells populations to support tissue homeostasis, and the mechanisms that produce specific specialised cells from different types of stem cell.
Regeneration, Repair and Tissue Engineering
Exploiting multi-disciplinary approaches to address a variety of biomedical challenges, for example developing novel therapies to combat degenerative diseases and promote effective wound healing, and producing bio-material scaffolds for clinical use.