Cambridge University

University-of-CambridgUniversity of Cambridge, represented by Dr. William Harris

The University of Cambridge is a public research university that ranks as one of the top universities in the world. Graduates of the university have won a total of 61 Nobel Prizes, the most of any university in the world. The School of Biological Sciences is one of six schools in the university and includes the Faculty of Biology, including the Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience (, directed by Prof. Harris. The Department has core strengths in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience at the developmental, cellular, and systems levels. Excellent support facilities in PDN include the Multi-Imaging Centre and Audio Visual Media Group. The Department has strong collaborative links with other departments in the School of Biological Sciences, Clinical School, Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, Cambridge Stem Cell Institute, and the Gurdon Institute. The work of PDN scientists has been published in top scientific journals, including Cell, Nature, and Science.

Dr. William Harris is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience at Cambridge University. He has a long-term record of conducting successful research programs focused on the development of the lower vertebrate nervous system. His work has been published in leading scientific journals, such as Cell, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, and Neuron. The laboratory of William Harris addresses basic questions regarding the development of the vertebrate nervous system (e.g., the determinates of cell fate, cell polarisation, and axonal navigation). As a model system, the Harris laboratory uses the developing visual systems of lower vertebrates, including zebrafish, taking advantage of their embryological, molecular, and genetic accessibility to experimentation and accessibility for in vivo time-lapse imaging.

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