A passion for research yields a prestigious NSERC Banting Fellowship for Dr Ebrahim Lari of the Buck lab.

Dr Ebrahim Lari in CSB’s aquatic animal facility (photo by Diana Tyszko)

Congratulations to Dr Ebrahim Lari of Professor Leslie Buck’s lab, who has been awarded a prestigious NSERC Banting Fellowship, the first to be awarded to a CSB post-doctoral fellow. His research investigates the mechanism of anoxia tolerance in cells of western painted turtle .

Professor Buck explains that “In the short term, Ebi’s work is focused on discovering the cellular mechanisms that permit vertebrate cells to survive days to months without oxygen. In the long term, it has clear clinical implications for the protection of human tissue from low-oxygen damage — for example, during or following a heart attack or stroke.”

With the help of the Banting award, Dr Lari says his plan is to push his current research to another level. “Most of our research to this point has been on excitable cells like those found in the brain,” he says. “But now, we’ve also started looking at non-excitable cells and how they tolerate low levels of oxygen.”

Read more about Dr Lari’s voyage to our department and his research at: https://uoft.me/LariBuckBanting 

Prof. Shelley Lumba has been awarded a New Frontiers in Research Fund grant

We’re very happy to announce that Prof. Shelley Lumba is one of the recipients of the inaugural Exploration Grant from the New Frontiers in Research Fund (NFRF), a new federal fund which is aimed at providing opportunities for early career researchers to conduct high-risk, high-reward interdisciplinary research.

Shelley, along with her collaborators Prof. Lewis Kay (University of Toronto) and Prof. Yuichiro Tsuchiya (Nagoya University), will be investigating the “molecular dynamics of strigolactone receptors in parasitic witchweeds.” The link to the awardees is below:

Congratulations Shelley and her team, on this terrific achievement!

Congratulations to Prof. Ashley Bruce and Prof. Alan Moses on their promotion to Full Professor

It is our pleasure to announce that Ashley Bruce and Alan Moses have been promoted to Full Professor in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology as of July 1, 2019.

Professor Bruce uses a combination of cellular, molecular and embryological techniques to study how morphogenesis and embryonic tissue patterning are linked in the zebrafish. The zebrafish embryo is an ideal vertebrate system for analyzing morphogenesis and patterning due to its accessibility, its transparency, the ease of manipulation as well as well as the availability of mutant lines with defects in morphogenesis and patterning.

Professor Moses‘ research weaves together many threads from disciplines such as evolutionary genetics, systems biology, machine learning, sequence analysis and computer vision to address questions of molecular evolution, population genetics, and the dynamics and evolution of gene regulatory networks.