Investigating cell division and contractility in animal cells


Durham University    Department of Biosciences

Full time & Part time October, January MSc, MRes Full Time - 1 year, Part Time - 2 years
Biological Sciences (4)

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Are you fascinated by the intricate processes that take place within animal cells? If so, our academic programme on "Investigating cell division and contractility in animal cells" at Durham University is the perfect fit for you. Delve into the world of cytokinesis, the division of cells, and explore its vital role in life and its connection to diseases like cancer. Led by Dr Tim Davies, this programme offers a range of exciting projects, from studying myosin-independent contractility to investigating the role of signaling in C. elegans division. Enthusiasm for cell biology is key, and a 2:1 degree (or equivalent) is preferred. Join us on this scientific journey and unravel the mysteries of cell division. For more information, reach out to Dr Tim Davies at timothy.r.davies@durham.ac.uk.

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Investigating cell division and contractility in animal cells

Cytokinesis, the division of one cell into two, is a cellular process critical to life. It is also an extreme example of dynamic and robust cellular shape change. Division failure and the resulting chromosome damage is a driver of oncogenesis, while also being targeted by many chemotherapeutics.

Similarities in the structural and molecular organization of the division apparatus give the impression that there is a standard mechanism underlying division, including formation and constriction of an actomyosin contractile ring, which does not vary between cells of different identities and fates. However, recent studies indicate the situation is more complex, with some proteins that have previously been thought of as essential not being required in all cases. 

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A 2:1 degree is required (or equivalent), however the key requirements are enthusiasm for the project and a desire to study cell division


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Self-funded students only

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