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Our objective is to provide world-class research and teaching in a friendly department with excellent facilities…

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Undergraduate Students

We offer interesting courses for students in the Natural Sciences Tripos and Medical and Veterinary Science Tripos…

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The Athena SWAN Award

We are delighted to learn of the successful outcome of our Athena SWAN application. The Bronze award has provided the impetus for the Department to create the optimum conditions to enable the career progression of women in science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) ...

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The overarching theme of research in the Department is to discover fundamental mechanisms by which drugs act, and to pave the way for new drug discovery...

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Postgraduate Students

The Department provides an exciting environment for postgraduate training…

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Naked mole-rats in the news

Oct 15, 2016

This work was covered in a wide variety of news outlets including the Science magazine, the Daily Mail and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, which included an interview with Ewan Smith, co-lead author on the study...

Prof. Alan Cuthbert died on Saturday 27 August, at the age of 84.

Aug 30, 2016

Professor Alan Cuthbert died on Saturday 27 August, at the age of 84...

Reminder: Postgraduate Day Open Day Wednesday, 2nd November 2016

Aug 26, 2016

The University of Cambridge is hosting its first Postgraduate Open Day on Wednesday 2 November 2016...

Sex and pain

Jul 20, 2016

One important factor to consider in pain research is sex and how this may affect both pain and its treatment ...

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Example of publications

Khaled, WT, Lee SC et al. (2015) BCL11A is a triple-negative breast cancer gene with critical functions in stem and progenitor cells. Nature Communications doi: 10.1038/ncomms6987

Serra, I., Husson, Z., Bartlett, D., J. and Smith, E. S. (2016). Characterization of cutaneous and articular sensory neurons. Mol Pain, 12, 1-14