Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology

Community

Further information

The community of Western Australia plays a vital role in the Department's work.

The Department focuses on the integrated study of humans through the disciplines of human biology, anatomy, physiology and cell biology.

Our approach ranges from evolutionary study with fossil material to molecular biological studies of cell function. The Department teaches more than 20 units including science, medical, health science, dental and anthropology.

Human biology examines how the biology of humans is influenced by their natural and cultural environments. Study areas include biological anthropology, ecology and genetics and evolution.

Anatomy examines how the body is organised and how structure is related to function. It examines the body at the microscopic level. Study areas include functional and comparative morphology, bone architecture, reproductive biology, endocrinology and neurobiology.

Physiology examines how the human body works, from the molecular and cellular level, to tissues, organs and whole organisms, looking at how they interact together and with the environment. Physiology looks at the impact of diseases, and the changes that occur at the molecular and cellular level and how these impact on whole body function.

Cell biology examines the structure and function of human cells and tissues. Areas of study include cell death, immunology, eye pathology, muscle diseases, muscle transplantation and regeneration and cancer.

Methods

The Department is well equipped for the latest methods of biological research, including molecular biology and computer-assisted measuring techniques. There is a specialist facility for the dissection of human material and excellent laboratory facilities for histology, tissue culture and radioisotope work. An integrated histology and biological imaging service is available through CELLCentral.

Careers

Studies in anatomy, physiology and human biology can lead to careers in administration, teaching, industry, science journalism, government and a variety of biomedical, technical, technological and health-related professions, as well as academic careers in teaching and research in Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology itself and related biomedical disciplines.