Biological sciences

Biological sciences

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Cambridge is a world-leading centre of biological research, pioneering stem cell science, and the fight against cancer and infectious diseases.

Biological Science is the study of the biology of all living things and incorporates: biochemistry, genetics, pathology, pharmacology, physiology, neuroscience, plant sciences, psychology, zoology and veterinary medicine.

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Opportunities in 'Biological sciences'

Brain in skull
Pre-clinical medical and veterinary anatomy are taught through the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience.
Biophotovoltaic devices and a micro-droplet array and biophotonics lab
Support the natural curiosity and creativity of our scientists in their voyage of discovery of how cells work in health and disease.
From the development of search engines and virtual assistants like Siri and Alexa, to text mining, educational technologies, and dementia research, applied research in language sciences has a growing impact on our everyday lives. Technological advances in brain imaging, and the rapid progress of research in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, make Language Sciences an exciting area for future research.
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Developmental biology is concerned with how cells acquire and maintain their normal functions, and cancer biology examines the way that cancerous cells escape from these normal controls.
Families walking
The Centre for Family Research undertakes transdisciplinary research that increases understanding of children, parents and family relationships. Our research has dealt with topics including pregnancy, childhood, partnerships, parenthood and later life. Most of our members are psychologists, but our team also includes sociologists, anthropologists, biologists and bioethicists.
Department of Genetics Farr research group cell localisation
Research themes of the Department of Genetics include functional genomics and systems biology, developmental genetics, epigenetic inheritance, evolution and population genetics, microbial genetics, and cell biology.
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The Department of Pathology's research seeks to understand — and ultimately arrest and reverse — disease processes.
Pharmacology research
Pharmacology is all about finding out how drugs work: their effects on the body and how they act on the component parts of cells, including membranes, enzymes and DNA. The development of new and successful drugs requires advances and insights generated by scientific research.
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Research in the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience is primarily in three major areas: cellular and systems physiology, developmental and reproductive biology, and neuroscience.
Plant sciences laboratory
The Department of Plant Sciences carries out research into global food security, synthetic biology and biotechnology, and climate science and ecosystem conservation.
Psychology research
Psychology has been studied at Cambridge for over a century. The Department of Psychology provides word-class research and teaching in psychology and cognate disciplines.
Canine cancer treatment
The Department of Veterinary Medicine at Cambridge is at the forefront of veterinary science and education and is a centre of excellence for teaching and research.
Harnessing the power of stem cells
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The Department of Zoology is home to a thriving community of scientists who share a deep interest in how animals develop, function, interact and evolve.

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