Message from the Department Head
Dr. Sabine Hombach-Klonisch


Department Head message

Welcome to the Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science (HACS).

Our faculty, students and staff work towards a common goal in advancing research and education in the anatomical and biomedical sciences. The department provides highest quality education in fundamental and advanced anatomical sciences to learners in various professional programs in the health sciences. Our undergraduate and graduate courses encompass a range of classical anatomical disciplines from gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, embryology and neural development, histology, neuroimaging and morphological techniques. We offer high level education to a diverse student body for a wide breadth of subjects. HACS serves the community with educational initiatives from the high school to the postgraduate professional level. The recently renovated Dr. George Yee Laboratory of Anatomical Sciences with its clinical learning space and state-of-the-art equipment facilitates surgical anatomy education and procedural training to clinicians in the health professions. The department’s highly motivated expert faculty and staff aspire to take the anatomical education of the next generation of scientists and health professionals to the next level. The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science will expand its role as Manitoba’s Center for Clinical Anatomy with a leadership role for innovative clinical anatomy training to health professionals at the graduate and post-graduate level.

HACS has a vibrant research community with established excellence in the neurosciences, in cancer biology, in cardiovascular health and in musculoskeletal functions. HACS researchers lead innovative research streams within the University of Manitoba and beyond with successful national and international collaborations and research exchange. Our research strength is in the study of cellular mechanisms in response to cell stress and injury that are fundamentally involved in differentiation, adaptation, therapy resistance and regeneration in health and disease. HACS biomedical researchers lead strong nationally-funded biomedical science programs and collaborative research teams in neuroimaging, cancer biology and neurosciences. We connect fundamental cell biology and functional imaging with clinically relevant research programs with the aim to improve our knowledge on fundamental mechanisms of disease. The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science offers a stellar research training environment and a well-rounded graduate program. The department houses the College of Medicine’s core platform for Histomorphology and Ultrastructural Imaging which serves as core resource for researchers and their trainees.

The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science provides a collegial, inclusive and respectful workplace in which diversity is embraced and faculty, students and staff are equally welcome and supported to contribute to our department’s goals in research and education. Our interdisciplinary research and education activities are guided by our core values of respect, teamwork, collaboration, collegiality, strong work ethics and accountability. We welcome enthusiastic trainees who seek to contribute to our goals with the curiosity, passion and diligence that are required to make a difference for health research.

Yours sincerely,

Sabine Hombach-Klonisch