About us


An interdisciplinary research centre embedded within the Faculty of Life Sciences at The University of Manchester.

Job opportunities in the Centre

Vacancy for Professorial Chair in Cell-Matrix Research
A major new cell matrix research role, working with funding from the Wellcome Trust. Read more

Independent Research Fellows Call
We offer an attractive and flexible fellowship scheme for potential fellows who are competitive for external fellowships, or independent research fellows who have substantive external funding. Read more

For everyone


We have established an exciting new collaboration with screen print artist, Sally Gilford of One69A to be exhibited in North Tea Power in the Northern Quarter in Manchester from the summer 2014.     Read more

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Grants:    Tony Day co-applicant with Paul Bishop, Simon Clark, Richard D. Unwin, Andrwe Dowsey, Graeme Black and Garth Cooper, Fight for Sight Project Grant, Sep 2014 - Aug 2017, Elucidation of molecular mechanisms underpinning disease initiation and progression in age related macular degeneration.            Cay Kielty, Wellcome Trust ISSF, Sep 2014 - Aug 2015, ADAMTS10 mutant mice for genotype-phenotype studies and cell/gene therapy advances.           Cay Kielty, MRC Confidence in Read more

Upcoming events


The Cellular Matrix Microenvironment, 10-12 September 2014. The conference organisers, Holly Brunton (Wellbrock lab), Ed Horton (Humphries lab) and Ahmet Ucar (Streuli lab), have produced a fantastic programme with eight sessions all based on the microenvironment theme. Read more

Latest Discoveries

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Milk is made in the mammary gland in epithelial ball-like structures called alveoli, from which it is squeezed into the ductal plumbing network of the tissue in order for babies to feed. This process requires correct topological secretion of milk proteins, fats and sugars into the central, luminal space of alveoli. Epithelial cells are polarised with a top (apical) surface that faces the lumen and a bottom (basal) surface that is adjacent to the rest of the tissue. In order for milk to be Read more


The oocyte (or ‘egg’) can be regarded as the single most important cell in the human body, as it carries the mother’s genes on to the next generation. During ovulation, a special jelly-like extracellular matrix protects the oocyte. The matrix is made up from a mixture of hyaluronan (HA), which is a sugar polymer, and at least three different proteins: TSG-6, IaI and PTX-3. These proteins help organise the HA, but if any one of these proteins is defective, the matrix doesn’t form correctly, and Read more