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The Department has an extensive teaching programme for medical, veterinary and science undergraduates. We offer excellent opportunities and facilities for training in research, leading to the degree of PhD, or MPhil in the Biological Sciences.



Research in PDN is primarily in four major areas: Cellular and Systems Physiology, Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Neuroscience and Form and Function.

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Centre for Trophoblast Research

The aim of the centre is to alleviate suffering resulting from placentally-related complications of pregnancy that remain a major cause of maternal and infant mortality worldwide.

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Cambridge Advanced Imaging Centre

The CAIC is a visionary initiative to promote multidisciplinary working across the University on the application of advanced imaging technology to biology.

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Predatory flies use "homing missile" system to intercept preys mid-air

Oct 17, 2018

New study by Gonzalez-Bellido lab published on the Journal of the Royal Society Interface sheds light on the underlying system behind predation and navigation in insects

Sequential formation and resolution of multiple rosettes drive embryo remodelling after implantation

Oct 15, 2018

New study by Magda Zernicka-Goetz's lab on Nature Cell Biology examines the mechanisms of cavity formation during development for the correct formation of the embryo

PDN receives Green Impact Excellence Award

Oct 01, 2018

The Vice Chancellor has awarded our Department with the Green Impact Excellence Award for its commitment to waste reduction

A 3D cell shape that enables tube formation

Sep 11, 2018

New modelling and in vivo observations reveal that cells in tubes adopt an asymmetric cell shape dubbed scutoid, contrary to some previous assumptions