Development is a miraculous process, in which a single cell gives rise to a multicellular, complex living being. Exactly how humans and other animals develop is not entirely understood, and is intensively researched worldwide. Importantly, when development goes wrong, human pathologies such as congenital abnormalities can arise.
In the Department of Pathology, researchers are delving into the fundamental mechanisms of development to better understand how developmental disease arises. Much of this work involves the zebrafish animal model.
Our research also involves analysing the human genome to uncover the basis of human genetic conditions. In combination with functional studies, our work could identify causes for developmental disorders as well as crucial understanding of how vertebrates (including humans) develop.