About Us
To preserve, expand and disseminate knowledge about Anatomical Sciences through education and research.

To produce highly qualified and enthusiastic healthcare professionals, educators and scientists in Human Anatomy.  Disciplines of Human Anatomy will encompass and be part of all aspects of biological and health sciences.

The Department of Human Anatomy and Cell Science is an essential component for the teaching of educational programs in the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences.  Our department is complementary to the basic medical sciences providing a full spectrum of medical knowledge to future generations of medical health professionals.  We provide expertise in many disciplines and sub-disciplines as it is a foundation of medical training.  We encourage aspiring individuals to pursue a career in Human Anatomy research and teaching.  We also support the introduction of innovative educational programs delivered to the faculties and the University in a collaborative, multi-disciplinary format.

Our faculty and cross-appointed members each of which are experts in one or more sub-disciplines of anatomy.  Quality teaching programs are enriched by scholarly pursuits of our department members who are engaged in research of the highest quality in the following areas: 

  • cardiovascular science
  • cancer biology
  • neurosciences

Graduate students are provided with the opportunity to use a variety of contemporary techniques such as:

  • autoradiography
  • light and electron microscopy
  • 3D imaging
  • morphometrics
  • tissue culture and transplantation

Immunocytochemistry, in situ hybridization, radioimmunoassay, electrophoresis, transgenics, molecular biology, magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy are also available.

We offer graduate training at both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. levels.  The purpose is to prepare students for careers in biomedical research, teaching in selective areas of anatomy and or as a healthcare professional.  We are the only department to offer basic and advanced courses in gross, microscopic and developmental anatomy.  We also offer courses in:

  • neuroscience
  • cell biology
  • electron microscopy 

These are particularly important tools in assessing outcomes associated with use of transgenic and gene knockout animals as models of human disease.  Graduate students are also provided with opportunities to teach in the various sub-disciplines of anatomy.  In addition to transmitting knowledge, they must also generate new knowledge by undertaking meaningful research.  The Department also provides a fine milieu for cross-fertilization of ideas, and more personalized attention of a smaller department.

about us