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PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
AbouHaidarMounir G.ProfessorBiotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular BiologyVirology. Research interests lie in the area of the molecular biology of plant and human viruses. Development of "transgenic" plants resistant to viruses: mechanisms of resistance. Research interests lie in the area of the molecular biology.
BerlethThomasProfessor
BruceAshley E.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular BiologyOur goal is to understand how morphogenesis and embryonic tissue patterning are linked. We use cellular, molecular and embryological techniques to study these questions in the zebrafish embryo.
BuckLeslie T.ProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyWe use a comparative neurobiological/physiological/molecular approach to understand how animals survive environmental extremes, in particular how painted turtles and goldfish survive without oxygen for weeks.
CalarcoJohnAssistant ProfessorAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyWe study how mRNA processing and post-transcriptional gene regulation influences the development, differentiation, and function of the nervous system
ChangBelinda S.W.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyRecreating the evolution of visual proteins in the laboratory; next generation sequencing and computational studies of visual proteins from animals in unusual habitats; mutagenesis studies of visual pigment structure/function
ChristendatDineshAssociate ProfessorBiotechnology, Metabolomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Proteomics, Structural BiologyStructural biology approaches to understand the Functional divergence and regulation of metabolic proteins in plants and microbes
ColemanJohn R.ProfessorBiotechnology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyMolecular biology & biochemistry of photosynthesis
DesveauxDarrellProfessorChemical Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pathology, Plant Biology, Proteomics, Structural Biology, Systems BiologyPlant-Microbe Systems Biology
GarsideChristopher S.Assistant Professor, Teaching StreamLecturerI am interested in finding ways to increase student engagement with lecture and laboratory materials by providing students with transferrable concepts and skills.
GodtDorotheaAssociate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular BiologyAnalysis of molecular networks that drive cell shape changes, cell migration, and cell and tissue architecture during animal development
GoringDaphne R.ProfessorCell Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyMy overall research interests are to understand how plant cells communicate through signal transduction pathways to regulate plant growth and development in species in the mustard family (Arabidopsis, Brassica, canola).
GuttmanDavid S.ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Pathology, Plant BiologyComparative, evolutionary and functional genomics. Evolution of host specificity and virulence in pathogenic bacteria. Microbiome studies of human and plant diseases.
HarrisTony J.C.ProfessorCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Systems BiologyWe study how molecular circuits control and coordinate cell polarity, adhesion, cytoskeletal and membrane trafficking machinery to build and re-shape cells during animal development.
LovejoyDavid A.ProfessorAnimal Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyIntegrated molecular and organismal neuroendocrinology on the actions of stress on metabolism, reproduction and behaviour
LumbaShelleyAssistant ProfessorComparative Genomics, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyOur goal is to elucidate molecular mechanisms underlying dormancy and germination in both non-parasitic and parasitic plants. We apply systems biology approaches to generate signalling networks during seed germination.
McCourtPeterProfessorBiotechnology, Chemical Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyThe laboratory is focused on how hormones regulate developmental responses in higher plants. In particular, we use functional and chemical genomics approaches to dissect abscisic acid (ABA) and strigolactone signaling.
MitchellJennifer A.Assistant ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular BiologyGenome Folding and Regulation of Gene Expression
MosesAlan M.Associate ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Proteomics, Systems BiologyDNA and protein sequences that control gene regulation. Population genetics and molecular evolution of regulatory networks. Development of computational and statistical methods for analysis of large biological datasets.
NambaraEijiAssociate ProfessorBiotechnology, Chemical Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Metabolomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyMy research team investigates molecular mechanisms by which plants regulate plant hormone metabolism.
NeumannMelody J.Associate Professor, Teaching StreamLecturerMy primary research interest is the scholarly and scientific analysis of teaching practices to improve student learning in cell and molecular biology.
PeeverJohn H.ProfessorNeurobiology, Physiology, Systems BiologyNeurobiology of brain arousal states
PeisajovichSergio G.Assistant ProfessorBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Synthetic Biology, Systems BiologyOur research is aimed at unraveling the molecular mechanisms that guide the evolution and determine the function of complex signaling networks.
PlotnikovSergey V.Assistant ProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Quantitative BiologyWe are interested in understanding the mechanisms utilized by mammalian cells to sense and transduce physical inputs from the microenvironment and how cell migration is guided by the mechanical cues.
ProvartNicholas J.ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Structural Biology, Systems BiologyBioinformatic tools and analyses for hypothesis generation in plant biology. Wet-lab validation of hypotheses generated using such tools.
RinguetteMauriceAssociate Professor
StephensonRichardAssociate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & BehaviorRegulation and function of sleep
TepassUlrichProfessorCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems BiologyWe study the mechanisms of cell polarity and cell adhesion of epithelial cells during animal development. Our work is relevant for several human diseases, in particular cancer and blindness.
TropepeVincentProfessor & ChairCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyDevelopmental Neuroscience
VarmuzaSusannah L.ProfessorDevelopmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular BiologyMy research area is Epigenetics, with a focus on genomic imprinting in mammals and its impact on development.
WinklbauerRudolfProfessorCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Quantitative BiologyWe study the molecular and cellular mechanisms and the tissue mechanical basis of vertebrate gastrulation.
WoodinMelanie A.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyThe Woodin Lab is focused on discovering the cellular mechanisms underlying inhibitory GABAergic synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. These discoveries are made by combining cell biology, fluorescence imaging, computer modeling, and electrophysiology and optogenetics.
YoshiokaKeikoAssociate ProfessorBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Structural Biology, Systems BiologySignal transduction of stress responses in plants with an emphasis on immunity; environmental effects on pathogen resistance; signal transduction networks in abiotic and biotic stress responses; production of stress resistant plants.



PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
EdwardsElizabeth A.ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Metabolomics, Microbiology, ProteomicsAnaerobic microbiology and biotechnology
Fernandez-GonzalezRodrigoAssistant ProfessorCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Quantitative BiologyCytoskeletal dynamics and mechanical forces in the assembly and repair of epithelial tissues
KimJunchulAssistant ProfessorAnimal Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorNeural circuits underlying approach and avoidance behaviours
MasterEmmaAssociate Professor
RyuWilliamAssistant ProfessorMicrobiology, Neurobiology, Quantitative Biology, Systems BiologyWe are interested in the biophysics of sensory transduction and behaviour.
SokolowskiMarla B.ProfessorProf Sokolowski's lab is interested in individual differences and behaviour and how they arise. They mostly use Drosophila to investigate gene by environment interactions and epigenetics around the regulation of individual differences in foraging, feeding, metabolism as well as learning and social behaviour.
Takehara-NishiuchiKaoriAssistant ProfessorAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & BehaviorMy research program aims to understand how the cortical network stores a permanent record of daily experiences and how it deteriorates in memory disorders.



PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
BarrettMichaelEmeritus Professor
ButlerDavid G.Emeritus ProfessorAnimal Biology, PhysiologyEndocrine control of water and electrolyte balance in vertebrate animals. Hormonal control of water and electrolyte balance in vertebrates; comparative endocrinology of the adrenal cortex.
DesserSherwin S.Emeritus ProfessorMicrobiology, Pathology
LarsenEllen W.Emeritus ProfessorDevelopmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, GeneticsDevelopment of foliose lichens, self-organization in development and evolution
MasuiYoshioEmeritus ProfessorCell Biology, Developmental BiologyControl of cell cycles in development and meiosis in oocytes in animals (1967-2005 no longer continued)
RomansPatriciaEmeritus Professor
RootsBetty I.Emeritus ProfessorCell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
SmithJ.J. BerryEmeritus ProfessorPhysiology
TobeStephen S.Emeritus ProfessorAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyComparative endocrinology of invertebrates, particularly Arthropods. Reproduction in insects and crustaceans.






PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
BrownIan R.ProfessorCell Biology, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyCell and molecular biology of heat shock (stress) proteins in the mammalian nervous system and their role in neurodegenerative diseases.
CampbellMalcolm M.ProfessorBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyGenome biology - exploring genome-wide responses to environmental stimuli. Interplay of development, epigenetics, transcriptome, & metabolome.
GazzarriniSoniaAssociate ProfessorCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyMy research interests involve understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the transition from dormancy to germination and the role that hormones and abiotic stresses play in this processes.
HarrisonRene E.Associate ProfessorCell BiologyMy lab uses advanced fluorescent imaging to study the cell biology of immune cells and bone cells under normal and pathological states.
HasenkampfClareAssociate ProfessorCell Biology, Genetics, Plant BiologyChromosome interactions during meiosis are the focus of the Hasenkampf lab.
McGowanPatrick O.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & Behavior, Systems BiologyEpigenetic mechanisms of neurodevelopment and behaviour. Focus on molecular mechanisms that mediate the adaptation to psychosocial stress and complex disease in humans and other species.
NashJoanne E.Associate ProfessorNeurobiologyWe employ a multidisciplinary approach to understand the cell and molecular mechanisms underlying neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. It is hoped that these studies will lead to better treatments for patients suffering from these diseases.
ReidStephenAssociate Professor
RichardsBlake A.Assistant ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & Behavior, Systems BiologyMy lab studies the neurobiology of learning and memory. We take a multidisciplinary, circuit-level approach to examine how neurons encode information about our past experiences.
RiggsC. DanielAssociate ProfessorCell Biology, Comparative Genomics, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyDevelopmental genetics and meristem biology
TerebiznikMauricio R.Associate ProfessorCell Biology, Microbiology, Structural BiologyMy laboratory specializes in cellular microbiology and cell biology. We investigate different unexplored aspects of the interplay of macrophages, and epithelial cells with intracellular pathogens and toxic fibres like asbestos.
ThieleTodAssistant ProfessorNeurobiology, Psychology & Behavior, Systems Biology
TreanorBebhinnAssistant ProfessorCell BiologyMy research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling immune cell activation through the development and implementation of cutting edge optical microscopy.
VanlerbergheGreg C.ProfessorPlant BiologyWe investigate the impact of abiotic and biotic stress on plant energy metabolism. We uncover the signature responses of metabolism to stress and elucidate how these responses support stress acclimation.
WelchKenneth C.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Systems BiologyI use and integrative and comparative approach to study the physiology of muscle function, fuel use, metabolism and energetics during locomotion.
ZhaoRongminAssociate ProfessorDevelopmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Proteomics, Systems BiologyThe mechanism of action of molecular chaperones and their roles in plant development, and in organelle functions; the mechanism of regulated protein degradation by the 26S proteasome.



PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
Arruda-CarvalhoMaitheAssistant ProfessorNeurobiology
Physiology
Systems Biology
Cell Biology
Animal Biology
Our lab uses a systems level approach to explore the relationship between the maturation of sensitive brain circuits, the emergence of complex behaviour, and stress sensitivity in mice.
Boonstra RudyProfessor
ErbSuzanneAssociate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorThe neurobiology of substance dependence and the relationship between stress and long-term vulnerability to drug use.
FitzpatrickMark J.Assistant ProfessorAnimal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorResearch in my laboratory focuses on the evolutionary genetics of animal behaviour. We focus primarily on the rover/sitter foraging polymorphism found in fruit flies."
FulthorpeRoberta R.ProfessorEvolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Microbiology, Plant BiologyEvolution of catabolic activities in bacteria of soils, waters and the plant endosphere. The role of Recombinase in Trio elements in catabolic gene evolution.
ItoRutsukoAssistant ProfessorSystems Biology, Psychology & Behavior, Neurobiology, Animal BiologyWe are interested in identifying brain circuits that underlie contextual and affective influences over motivated behaviour, and the neural and neurochemical mechanisms of approach avoidance decision making. We also use animal models of addiction, schizophrenia and depression to establish how approach-avoidance decision making is disrupted in diseased states.
Kronzucker Herbert J.ProfessorBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Physiology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyMy laboratory is dedicated to the exploration of transport systems in plants, and the relationship between transport pathways and plant productivity.
Lovejoy Nathan R.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, GeneticsI am interested in the relationship between naturally occurring genomic variation and animal function. Current research focuses on the evolution of genes involved in electric signal production in Amazonian fishes.
MasonAndrew C.Associate Professor & ChairAnimal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & Behavioracoustic and vibrational communication; complex signals; sensory processing; decision making; signal function and evolution



PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description






PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
AndersonJamesProfessor
BraeutigamKatharinaAssistant ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology,
Functional Genomics,
Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Systems Biology
My general research interest lies in the interaction between genome, epigenome, and phenotypic performance in plants with emphasis on persistent effects of past experience and molecular memory systems.
ChengHai-Ying (Mary)Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & BehaviorCircadian clock mechanisms in mammals; genetic determinants of adult neurogenesis
EnsmingerIngoAssistant ProfessorPhysiology, Plant BiologyResearch in the Ensminger lab is focusing on the physiology of plants to understand the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying adaptation and acclimation of plants to their environment. In particular we are interested in the mechanisms by which environmental change impacts trees and forests from molecular to species and ecosystem levels. The understanding of these mechanisms is not simply for scientific interest. It addresses some of the fundamental questions in global change research and is indispensable to the justification of how plants will respond to climate change.
ErclikTedAssistant Professor
EspieGeorge S.ProfessorBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Structural BiologyWe are interested in the understanding the structure and function of the cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism and how it affects photosynthetic activity and photoautotrophic growth under a variety of environmental stresses.
LangeAngela B.ProfessorAnimal Biology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyI am an insect physiologist who studies how the nervous system and visceral tissues communicate and integrate information allowing for coordinated behaviours such as egg-laying, digestion, and circulatory function.
OrchardIanProfessorAnimal Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Proteomics
We examine the functioning of the nervous system, using insects as experimental models. We establish the mechanisms by which the nervous system communicates; examining hormonal, synaptic, and modulatory mechanism.
PhillipsMichaelAssistant ProfessorCell Biology, Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology, Systems BiologyMy research focuses on the control of flux in plant metabolic networks and the adaptive responses of the plant metabolome to stress at the interface of primary and secondary metabolism.
SainiHargurdeep (Deep) S.ProfessorBiotechnology, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyPhysiological, biochemical and molecular responses of plants to environmental stresses
SenatoreAdrianoProfessorAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Neurobiology, Physiology, ProteomicsOur overarching objective is to understand the phylogenetic diversity and evolution of synaptic transmission. We integrate molecule-level analyses of synaptic protein structure-function, biophysics and pharmacology (e.g. calcium channels) with molecular physiology of early-diverging animals, with systems level research in genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.
StewartBryanProfessorAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyOur research is aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the function and development of neurons. We use a variety of genetic, molecular, biochemical, imaging and physiological techniques aimed at determining how neurons communicate with other cells.
WestwoodJ. TimothyAssociate ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology, Systems BiologyThe Westwood lab primarily studies the regulation of gene transcription, using the Drosophila heat shock genes as a model system, as well as post-transcriptional gene regulation during early Drosophila embryogenesis.
YangGuojunAssistant ProfessorAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Synthetic Biology, Systems BiologyMy research aims to understand how mobile genetic elements in genomes shape genome function and evolution.



PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
GerlaiRobertProfessorGenetics, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorNeurobehavioural genetic analysis of zebrafish with a focus on alcohol effects, social behaviour, learning and memory.
HolmesMelissa M.Associate ProfessorAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorMy primary research interest is the reciprocal relationship between social interactions and adult plasticity in the mammalian brain.
faculty_imgShinJumiAssociateProtein design & engineering
Directed evolution
Artificial transcription factors
Our work uses molecular and cellular biology and biophysical approaches to design small proteins that target DNA sequences important in disease. For example, our 66 amino acid protein ME47 targets the E-box sequence, which is involved in over half of all cancers, and competitively inhibits native transcription factors from binding their DNA targets. ME47 can be used to modulate breast cancer cell growth in mouse models. We also study how continuous exposure to pollutants, like quantum dots, can cause organisms to genetically adapt.
KanelisVoulaAssociate ProfessorStructural BiologyWe study nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) from the sulfonylurea receptors (SURs). The SUR proteins, which are members of the ATP binding cassette (ABC) superfamily of proteins, form regulatory domains of ATP sensitive K+ channels. Mutations in the NBDs of the SUR proteins result in diabetes, hyperinsulinism, and cardiac disorders.
KohnLinda M.ProfessorComparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Plant BiologyFungal Biology: Systematics, Population Biology, Trophic Interactions, Experimental Evolution, Speciation.
LevineJoelProfessorMechanisms of Social Behaviour and Circadian Clocks
MartinLorenAssistant ProfessorNeurobiology, Animal Biology, Psychology & Behavior, Molecular Biology, PhysiologyWe investigate the relationship between stress and pain by looking at the neurological changes induced by chronic pain and how cognitive and social factors alter pain sensitivity.
McMillenDavid R.Associate ProfessorBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Quantitative Biology, Synthetic Biology, Systems BiologySystems and synthetic biology. Design, construction, and analysis of synthetic networks (feedback controllers, logical operators, etc.) in microorganisms and (through collaboration) mammalian cells, to alter cellular behaviour from within.
MilsteinJoshua N.Associate ProfessorBioinformatics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Quantitative BiologyQuantitative Biology; DNA Dynamics; Super-Resolution Imaging; Mechanobiology
MonksDouglas AshleyAssociate Professor
ZovkicIvaAssistant ProfessorNeurobiology, Animal Biology, Psychology & Behavior, EpigeneticsEpigenetic mechamisms of learning and memory in rodents; role of histone variants in memory formation and maintenance; age-related cognitive decline.



PhotoLast NameFirst NameTitleResearch AreaResearch Description
O'DayDanton H.Emeritus ProfessorCell Biology, Developmental BiologyMy lab focuses on the role of calmodulin binding proteins in cellular function.




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PhotoLast NameFirst NameAppointmentTitleCampusResearch AreaResearch Description
Arruda-CarvalhoMaitheCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorUTSCNeurobiology
Physiology
Systems Biology
Cell Biology
Animal Biology
Our lab uses a systems level approach to explore the relationship between the maturation of sensitive brain circuits, the emergence of complex behaviour, and stress sensitivity in mice.
AbouHaidarMounir G.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular BiologyVirology. Research interests lie in the area of the molecular biology of plant and human viruses. Development of "transgenic" plants resistant to viruses: mechanisms of resistance. Research interests lie in the area of the molecular biology.
AndersonJamesFullProfessorUTM
BarrettMichaelFullEmeritus ProfessorSt. George
BerlethThomasFullProfessorSt. George
Boonstra RudyCross AppointmentProfessorUTSC
BraeutigamKatharinaFullAssistant ProfessorUTMBioinformatics & Computational Biology,
Functional Genomics,
Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Systems Biology
My general research interest lies in the interaction between genome, epigenome, and phenotypic performance in plants with emphasis on persistent effects of past experience and molecular memory systems.
BrownIan R.FullProfessorUTSCCell Biology, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyCell and molecular biology of heat shock (stress) proteins in the mammalian nervous system and their role in neurodegenerative diseases.
BruceAshley E.FullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular BiologyOur goal is to understand how morphogenesis and embryonic tissue patterning are linked. We use cellular, molecular and embryological techniques to study these questions in the zebrafish embryo.
BuckLeslie T.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyWe use a comparative neurobiological/physiological/molecular approach to understand how animals survive environmental extremes, in particular how painted turtles and goldfish survive without oxygen for weeks.
ButlerDavid G.FullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, PhysiologyEndocrine control of water and electrolyte balance in vertebrate animals. Hormonal control of water and electrolyte balance in vertebrates; comparative endocrinology of the adrenal cortex.
CalarcoJohnFullAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyWe study how mRNA processing and post-transcriptional gene regulation influences the development, differentiation, and function of the nervous system
CampbellMalcolm M.FullProfessorUTSCBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyGenome biology - exploring genome-wide responses to environmental stimuli. Interplay of development, epigenetics, transcriptome, & metabolome.
ChangBelinda S.W.FullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyRecreating the evolution of visual proteins in the laboratory; next generation sequencing and computational studies of visual proteins from animals in unusual habitats; mutagenesis studies of visual pigment structure/function
ChengHai-Ying (Mary)FullAssociate ProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & BehaviorCircadian clock mechanisms in mammals; genetic determinants of adult neurogenesis
ChristendatDineshFullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Metabolomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Proteomics, Structural BiologyStructural biology approaches to understand the Functional divergence and regulation of metabolic proteins in plants and microbes
ColemanJohn R.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyMolecular biology & biochemistry of photosynthesis
DesserSherwin S.FullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgeMicrobiology, Pathology
DesveauxDarrellFullProfessorSt. GeorgeChemical Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pathology, Plant Biology, Proteomics, Structural Biology, Systems BiologyPlant-Microbe Systems Biology
EdwardsElizabeth A.Cross AppointmentProfessorSt. GeorgeBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Metabolomics, Microbiology, ProteomicsAnaerobic microbiology and biotechnology
EnsmingerIngoFullAssistant ProfessorUTMPhysiology, Plant BiologyResearch in the Ensminger lab is focusing on the physiology of plants to understand the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying adaptation and acclimation of plants to their environment. In particular we are interested in the mechanisms by which environmental change impacts trees and forests from molecular to species and ecosystem levels. The understanding of these mechanisms is not simply for scientific interest. It addresses some of the fundamental questions in global change research and is indispensable to the justification of how plants will respond to climate change.
ErbSuzanneCross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTSCAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorThe neurobiology of substance dependence and the relationship between stress and long-term vulnerability to drug use.
ErclikTedFullAssistant ProfessorUTM
EspieGeorge S.FullProfessorUTMBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Structural BiologyWe are interested in the understanding the structure and function of the cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism and how it affects photosynthetic activity and photoautotrophic growth under a variety of environmental stresses.
Fernandez-GonzalezRodrigoCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Quantitative BiologyCytoskeletal dynamics and mechanical forces in the assembly and repair of epithelial tissues
FitzpatrickMark J.Cross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorUTSCAnimal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorResearch in my laboratory focuses on the evolutionary genetics of animal behaviour. We focus primarily on the rover/sitter foraging polymorphism found in fruit flies."
FulthorpeRoberta R.Cross AppointmentProfessorUTSCEvolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Microbiology, Plant BiologyEvolution of catabolic activities in bacteria of soils, waters and the plant endosphere. The role of Recombinase in Trio elements in catabolic gene evolution.
GarsideChristopher S.FullAssistant Professor, Teaching StreamSt. GeorgeLecturerI am interested in finding ways to increase student engagement with lecture and laboratory materials by providing students with transferrable concepts and skills.
GazzarriniSoniaFullAssociate ProfessorUTSCCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyMy research interests involve understanding the molecular mechanisms that regulate the transition from dormancy to germination and the role that hormones and abiotic stresses play in this processes.
GerlaiRobertCross AppointmentProfessorUTMGenetics, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorNeurobehavioural genetic analysis of zebrafish with a focus on alcohol effects, social behaviour, learning and memory.
GodtDorotheaFullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular BiologyAnalysis of molecular networks that drive cell shape changes, cell migration, and cell and tissue architecture during animal development
GoringDaphne R.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyMy overall research interests are to understand how plant cells communicate through signal transduction pathways to regulate plant growth and development in species in the mustard family (Arabidopsis, Brassica, canola).
GuttmanDavid S.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Pathology, Plant BiologyComparative, evolutionary and functional genomics. Evolution of host specificity and virulence in pathogenic bacteria. Microbiome studies of human and plant diseases.
HarrisTony J.C.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Systems BiologyWe study how molecular circuits control and coordinate cell polarity, adhesion, cytoskeletal and membrane trafficking machinery to build and re-shape cells during animal development.
HarrisonRene E.FullAssociate ProfessorUTSCCell BiologyMy lab uses advanced fluorescent imaging to study the cell biology of immune cells and bone cells under normal and pathological states.
HasenkampfClareFullAssociate ProfessorUTSCCell Biology, Genetics, Plant BiologyChromosome interactions during meiosis are the focus of the Hasenkampf lab.
HolmesMelissa M.Cross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorMy primary research interest is the reciprocal relationship between social interactions and adult plasticity in the mammalian brain.
faculty_imgShinJumiCrossAssociateUTMProtein design & engineering
Directed evolution
Artificial transcription factors
Our work uses molecular and cellular biology and biophysical approaches to design small proteins that target DNA sequences important in disease. For example, our 66 amino acid protein ME47 targets the E-box sequence, which is involved in over half of all cancers, and competitively inhibits native transcription factors from binding their DNA targets. ME47 can be used to modulate breast cancer cell growth in mouse models. We also study how continuous exposure to pollutants, like quantum dots, can cause organisms to genetically adapt.
ItoRutsukoCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorUTSCSystems Biology, Psychology & Behavior, Neurobiology, Animal BiologyWe are interested in identifying brain circuits that underlie contextual and affective influences over motivated behaviour, and the neural and neurochemical mechanisms of approach avoidance decision making. We also use animal models of addiction, schizophrenia and depression to establish how approach-avoidance decision making is disrupted in diseased states.
KanelisVoulaCross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTMStructural BiologyWe study nucleotide binding domains (NBDs) from the sulfonylurea receptors (SURs). The SUR proteins, which are members of the ATP binding cassette (ABC) superfamily of proteins, form regulatory domains of ATP sensitive K+ channels. Mutations in the NBDs of the SUR proteins result in diabetes, hyperinsulinism, and cardiac disorders.
KimJunchulCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & BehaviorNeural circuits underlying approach and avoidance behaviours
KohnLinda M.Cross AppointmentProfessorUTMComparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Plant BiologyFungal Biology: Systematics, Population Biology, Trophic Interactions, Experimental Evolution, Speciation.
Kronzucker Herbert J.Cross AppointmentProfessorUTSCBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Physiology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyMy laboratory is dedicated to the exploration of transport systems in plants, and the relationship between transport pathways and plant productivity.
LangeAngela B.FullProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyI am an insect physiologist who studies how the nervous system and visceral tissues communicate and integrate information allowing for coordinated behaviours such as egg-laying, digestion, and circulatory function.
LarsenEllen W.FullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgeDevelopmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology, GeneticsDevelopment of foliose lichens, self-organization in development and evolution
LevineJoelCross AppointmentProfessorUTMMechanisms of Social Behaviour and Circadian Clocks
LovejoyDavid A.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyIntegrated molecular and organismal neuroendocrinology on the actions of stress on metabolism, reproduction and behaviour
Lovejoy Nathan R.Cross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTSCAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, GeneticsI am interested in the relationship between naturally occurring genomic variation and animal function. Current research focuses on the evolution of genes involved in electric signal production in Amazonian fishes.
LumbaShelleyFullAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeComparative Genomics, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyOur goal is to elucidate molecular mechanisms underlying dormancy and germination in both non-parasitic and parasitic plants. We apply systems biology approaches to generate signalling networks during seed germination.
MartinLorenCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorUTMNeurobiology, Animal Biology, Psychology & Behavior, Molecular Biology, PhysiologyWe investigate the relationship between stress and pain by looking at the neurological changes induced by chronic pain and how cognitive and social factors alter pain sensitivity.
MasonAndrew C.Cross AppointmentAssociate Professor & ChairUTSCAnimal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & Behavioracoustic and vibrational communication; complex signals; sensory processing; decision making; signal function and evolution
MasterEmmaCross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorSt. George
MasuiYoshioFullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Developmental BiologyControl of cell cycles in development and meiosis in oocytes in animals (1967-2005 no longer continued)
McCourtPeterFullProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Chemical Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyThe laboratory is focused on how hormones regulate developmental responses in higher plants. In particular, we use functional and chemical genomics approaches to dissect abscisic acid (ABA) and strigolactone signaling.
McGowanPatrick O.FullAssociate ProfessorUTSCAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & Behavior, Systems BiologyEpigenetic mechanisms of neurodevelopment and behaviour. Focus on molecular mechanisms that mediate the adaptation to psychosocial stress and complex disease in humans and other species.
McMillenDavid R.Cross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTMBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Quantitative Biology, Synthetic Biology, Systems BiologySystems and synthetic biology. Design, construction, and analysis of synthetic networks (feedback controllers, logical operators, etc.) in microorganisms and (through collaboration) mammalian cells, to alter cellular behaviour from within.
MilsteinJoshua N.Cross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTMBioinformatics, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Quantitative BiologyQuantitative Biology; DNA Dynamics; Super-Resolution Imaging; Mechanobiology
MitchellJennifer A.FullAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular BiologyGenome Folding and Regulation of Gene Expression
MonksDouglas AshleyCross AppointmentAssociate ProfessorUTM
MosesAlan M.FullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Proteomics, Systems BiologyDNA and protein sequences that control gene regulation. Population genetics and molecular evolution of regulatory networks. Development of computational and statistical methods for analysis of large biological datasets.
NambaraEijiFullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Chemical Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Metabolomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Systems BiologyMy research team investigates molecular mechanisms by which plants regulate plant hormone metabolism.
NashJoanne E.FullAssociate ProfessorUTSCNeurobiologyWe employ a multidisciplinary approach to understand the cell and molecular mechanisms underlying neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. It is hoped that these studies will lead to better treatments for patients suffering from these diseases.
NeumannMelody J.FullAssociate Professor, Teaching StreamSt. GeorgeLecturerMy primary research interest is the scholarly and scientific analysis of teaching practices to improve student learning in cell and molecular biology.
O'DayDanton H.FullEmeritus ProfessorUTMCell Biology, Developmental BiologyMy lab focuses on the role of calmodulin binding proteins in cellular function.
OrchardIanFullProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Proteomics
We examine the functioning of the nervous system, using insects as experimental models. We establish the mechanisms by which the nervous system communicates; examining hormonal, synaptic, and modulatory mechanism.
Ouellette B.F. FrancisAdjunct AppointmentAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Developmental Biology, Functional GenomicsThe Ouellette group is involved NGS data analysis in cancer, and we try to identify the best tools and methods for the functional genomic interpretation of cancer genome data.
PeeverJohn H.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeNeurobiology, Physiology, Systems BiologyNeurobiology of brain arousal states
PeisajovichSergio G.FullAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Synthetic Biology, Systems BiologyOur research is aimed at unraveling the molecular mechanisms that guide the evolution and determine the function of complex signaling networks.
PhillipsMichaelFullAssistant ProfessorUTMCell Biology, Chemical Biology, Metabolomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Quantitative Biology, Systems BiologyMy research focuses on the control of flux in plant metabolic networks and the adaptive responses of the plant metabolome to stress at the interface of primary and secondary metabolism.
PlotnikovSergey V.FullAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Developmental Biology, Quantitative BiologyWe are interested in understanding the mechanisms utilized by mammalian cells to sense and transduce physical inputs from the microenvironment and how cell migration is guided by the mechanical cues.
ProvartNicholas J.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Structural Biology, Systems BiologyBioinformatic tools and analyses for hypothesis generation in plant biology. Wet-lab validation of hypotheses generated using such tools.
ReidStephenFullAssociate ProfessorUTSC
RichardsBlake A.FullAssistant ProfessorUTSCBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Psychology & Behavior, Systems BiologyMy lab studies the neurobiology of learning and memory. We take a multidisciplinary, circuit-level approach to examine how neurons encode information about our past experiences.
RiggsC. DanielFullAssociate ProfessorUTSCCell Biology, Comparative Genomics, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyDevelopmental genetics and meristem biology
RinguetteMauriceFullAssociate ProfessorSt. George
RomansPatriciaFullEmeritus ProfessorSt. George
RootsBetty I.FullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
RyuWilliamCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeMicrobiology, Neurobiology, Quantitative Biology, Systems BiologyWe are interested in the biophysics of sensory transduction and behaviour.
SainiHargurdeep (Deep) S.FullProfessorUTMBiotechnology, Molecular Biology, Plant BiologyPhysiological, biochemical and molecular responses of plants to environmental stresses
SenatoreAdrianoFullProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Neurobiology, Physiology, ProteomicsOur overarching objective is to understand the phylogenetic diversity and evolution of synaptic transmission. We integrate molecule-level analyses of synaptic protein structure-function, biophysics and pharmacology (e.g. calcium channels) with molecular physiology of early-diverging animals, with systems level research in genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics.
SmithJ.J. BerryFullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgePhysiology
SokolowskiMarla B.Cross AppointmentProfessorSt. GeorgeProf Sokolowski's lab is interested in individual differences and behaviour and how they arise. They mostly use Drosophila to investigate gene by environment interactions and epigenetics around the regulation of individual differences in foraging, feeding, metabolism as well as learning and social behaviour.
StephensonRichardFullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & BehaviorRegulation and function of sleep
StewartBryanFullProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyOur research is aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the function and development of neurons. We use a variety of genetic, molecular, biochemical, imaging and physiological techniques aimed at determining how neurons communicate with other cells.
SubramaniamGopalAdjunct AppointmentSenior ScientistSt. GeorgeChemical Biology, Comparative Genomics, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Pathology, Plant BiologyMy Laboratory studies regulation of secondary metabolism and virulence in the phytopathogen Fusarium graminearum.
Takehara-NishiuchiKaoriCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & BehaviorMy research program aims to understand how the cortical network stores a permanent record of daily experiences and how it deteriorates in memory disorders.
TepassUlrichFullProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Systems BiologyWe study the mechanisms of cell polarity and cell adhesion of epithelial cells during animal development. Our work is relevant for several human diseases, in particular cancer and blindness.
TerebiznikMauricio R.FullAssociate ProfessorUTSCCell Biology, Microbiology, Structural BiologyMy laboratory specializes in cellular microbiology and cell biology. We investigate different unexplored aspects of the interplay of macrophages, and epithelial cells with intracellular pathogens and toxic fibres like asbestos.
ThieleTodFullAssistant ProfessorUTSCNeurobiology, Psychology & Behavior, Systems Biology
TobeStephen S.FullEmeritus ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyComparative endocrinology of invertebrates, particularly Arthropods. Reproduction in insects and crustaceans.
TreanorBebhinnFullAssistant ProfessorUTSCCell BiologyMy research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling immune cell activation through the development and implementation of cutting edge optical microscopy.
TropepeVincentFullProfessor & ChairSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, NeurobiologyDevelopmental Neuroscience
VanlerbergheGreg C.FullProfessorUTSCPlant BiologyWe investigate the impact of abiotic and biotic stress on plant energy metabolism. We uncover the signature responses of metabolism to stress and elucidate how these responses support stress acclimation.
VarmuzaSusannah L.FullProfessorSt. GeorgeDevelopmental Biology, Genetics, Molecular BiologyMy research area is Epigenetics, with a focus on genomic imprinting in mammals and its impact on development.
WelchKenneth C.FullAssociate ProfessorUTSCAnimal Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Physiology, Systems BiologyI use and integrative and comparative approach to study the physiology of muscle function, fuel use, metabolism and energetics during locomotion.
WestwoodJ. TimothyFullAssociate ProfessorUTMBioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology, Systems BiologyThe Westwood lab primarily studies the regulation of gene transcription, using the Drosophila heat shock genes as a model system, as well as post-transcriptional gene regulation during early Drosophila embryogenesis.
WinklbauerRudolfFullProfessorSt. GeorgeCell Biology, Developmental Biology, Quantitative BiologyWe study the molecular and cellular mechanisms and the tissue mechanical basis of vertebrate gastrulation.
WoodinMelanie A.FullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeAnimal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, PhysiologyThe Woodin Lab is focused on discovering the cellular mechanisms underlying inhibitory GABAergic synaptic plasticity in the hippocampus. These discoveries are made by combining cell biology, fluorescence imaging, computer modeling, and electrophysiology and optogenetics.
YangGuojunFullAssistant ProfessorUTMAnimal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biotechnology, Comparative Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Synthetic Biology, Systems BiologyMy research aims to understand how mobile genetic elements in genomes shape genome function and evolution.
YoshiokaKeikoFullAssociate ProfessorSt. GeorgeBiotechnology, Cell Biology, Functional Genomics, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Plant Biology, Structural Biology, Systems BiologySignal transduction of stress responses in plants with an emphasis on immunity; environmental effects on pathogen resistance; signal transduction networks in abiotic and biotic stress responses; production of stress resistant plants.
ZhaoRongminFullAssociate ProfessorUTSCDevelopmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Proteomics, Systems BiologyThe mechanism of action of molecular chaperones and their roles in plant development, and in organelle functions; the mechanism of regulated protein degradation by the 26S proteasome.
ZovkicIvaCross AppointmentAssistant ProfessorUTMNeurobiology, Animal Biology, Psychology & Behavior, EpigeneticsEpigenetic mechamisms of learning and memory in rodents; role of histone variants in memory formation and maintenance; age-related cognitive decline.