Role of the cell surface in health and disease

To understand the cell is to understand life

Life is built with cells. Within the human body, there are 30 trillion cells and 200 different cell types. How does a healthy cell function? How do cells become specialised? What goes wrong with a cell in disease?

The Parton Group is studying the plasma membrane around the outside of cells.

The membrane is the interface between the cell and the outside world. It stops unwanted things getting into the cell while allowing nutrients and signals to penetrate.

The membrane is covered with crater-like indents called caveolae. The plasma membrane of cells is one of the most abundant structures in our biology – and yet we still don’t understand how it works.

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Prof Rob Parton

Professor Rob Parton

Group Leader, Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine Division, IMB

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  • Professor Robert Parton

    Group Leader, Cell Biology and Molecular Medicine Division
    Professorial Research Fellow
    Institute for Molecular Bioscience

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