Molecular and Cellular Function

Molecular and Cellular Function at the IMS

Molecular and Cellular Function


Theme members utilise basic, clinical and applied research to elucidate the molecular and cellular mechanisms and functions that underpin life-long human health and disease. Our research takes approaches that including the study of model organisms, cell and organoid cultures and patient samples. We aim for translatable impacts including improving patient care, informing policy related to human health and the development of new treatments.


The Molecular and Cellular Function theme is made up of three Sections: ‘Cell and Developmental Biology’, ‘Chromosome and Cellular Dynamics’ and ‘Genes and Regulation’. Research in each Section spans single cell to whole organism models with a common purpose to improve understanding of how molecular and cellular functions influence health and disease. Many research activities encompass all three Sections in our theme, and also contribute to three cross-discipline Research Centres: the Aberdeen Centre for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Health (ACAMH), the Aberdeen Cancer Centre, and the Centre for Genome-Enabled Biology and Medicine (CGEBM).  Impact already derived from the Theme’s research includes translating the understanding of the impact of the drug Thalidomide to support survivors, bench-to-clinic translation of new orthopaedic medical devices, and development of drugs for the treatment of prostate cancer.

Theme Lead

Professor Neil Vargesson

The Molecular and Cellular Function Theme is composed of 3 sections:

Cell and Developmental Biology
Chromosome and Cellular Dynamics
Genes and Regulation