The Happy Cell: a Look at Our Healthy Body

Course details

From £1070.00

Sun 12 Jul 2020 - Sat 18 Jul 2020

The Happy Cell: a Look at Our Healthy Body


The Oxford Experience is a residential summer programme providing one-week courses in a variety of subjects aimed at non-specialists. It offers a choice of seminars each week over a period of six weeks.

Being considered as the smallest building unit of our body, the human cell represents a state-of-the-art functional unit that impressively exceeded any of mankind high-tech discoveries. For a healthy body, healthy cells coordinate their functions together to make us what we are. However, the master controller in cells is orchestrated by the action of genes.

This course introduces basics of the role of genes in healthy cells. We look at the basics of how a normal “happy” cell performs its role to maintain our healthy body. We introduce some of basic cellular structures and how they make a happy normal functional cell. We explore the cell division process and how it is controlled to avoid slipping into the darkness of tumour formations.

Programme details

Seminars meet each weekday morning, 09.15-10.45 and 11.15-12.45, with afternoons free for course-related field trips, individual study or exploring the many beautiful places in and around the city.

Cell structure.

Genes role in the cellular functions.

Cell types.

Cellular communications.

Cellular functions.


Description Costs
Programme fee (no accom–incl.lunch and dinner) £1070.00
Programme fee (with single en-suite accom and meals) £1565.00
Programme fee (with single standard accom and meals) £1380.00


Dr Amr Abdelgany


Amr is a College Lecturer in Molecular Medicine who has worked on gene therapy since his DPhil at Oxford. He then continued his research at Oxford exploring novel genetic methods for discovery of new therapies. Amr has taught for the department since 2012.

Assessment methods

There are no assessments for this course.


Online registration closes on Friday, 1 May 2020 but please note that this course may be fully booked very quickly so early registration is recommended.


During your course, you will stay in typical Oxford student accommodation at Christ Church in buildings which range from the 18th to the 20th century. Bedrooms are modestly-furnished, do not have air-conditioning and are arranged on a staircase of four or five floors.

The fee £1565 includes a bedroom with private bathroom facilities (shower, washbasin and toilet). Most are single but a few twins are available for couples or those who wish to share with a friend. Those couples wishing to book a twin room should contact us direct, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

There are also a few standard rooms available which all have their own washbasin and shaver point but the bath and toilet facilities on each staircase are shared. To apply for one of these rooms please select the ‘Programme Fee (with single standard accommodation and meals)’ option on the application form.  Early application for these rooms is essential.

Most standard rooms are single but there are a few ‘twin sets’ (two single rooms opening off a sitting room). If you wish to book a twin set, please contact us direct, as these rooms cannot be booked online.

Please indicate your accommodation preferences (either online or on your application form) together with a note of any mobility problems.

We regret that we are unable to offer you accommodation at Christ Church prior to or following your course. Additionally, family or friends who are not enrolled in the programme cannot be accommodated in college.