The Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics 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 that 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 very high quality which, it is hoped, will help them to become the leaders of tomorrow and 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 necessarily multidisciplinary and cross-cutting, which means that 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.
Alongside all of this, DPAG staff undertake most of the preclinical teaching for the University's top-ranked medical degrees, and the department's graduate courses attract a wealth of international talent. Ultimately, the department is built on a desire to understand basic science and a belief that its students are the future of research.