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Analysing the results of an experiment
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Medical Sciences Division

Physiology, Anatomy & Genetics

The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG) is a major basic-science department within the Division of Medical Sciences.

The department is home to a large number of internationally-renowned teams of scientists addressing major questions in biomedicine, the answers to which will have a profound effect on modern biology. Crucially, though, DPAG thinks learning is just as important as research, and at the department's core lies a belief that a synthesis of the two is key to advancing our understanding. As such, DPAG works to provide outstanding opportunities for graduate students to gain a research training of a high quality which, it is hoped, will help them to become the leaders in science of tomorrow, strive to communicate and employ their research in the wider world.

Research is split into six broad areas of study, including: cardiac science; development and reproduction; functional genomics; ion channels, transporters and signalling; metabolism and endocrinology; neuroscience. The department's work is multidisciplinary and cross-cutting, which means researchers often work across more than one theme, as well as collaborating with colleagues in the physical sciences, life sciences and clinical departments across Oxford.

In parallel to research, DPAG staff undertake the majority of the pre-clinical teaching for the University's top-ranked medical degrees while the department's graduate courses also attract a wealth of international talent. Ultimately, the department is built on a desire to understand – its scientific research areas with a belief its students are the future of research.


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