Welcome To CSB

The Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) advances research and teaching in some of the most dynamic and vital areas of biological research.

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Meet our Faculty

Explore who’s behind our latest outstanding publications.

Professor and Chair Nicholas Provart

Nicholas J. Provart

Professor & Chair

Professor and Dean Melanie Woodin

Melanie A. Woodin

Professor & Dean

Professor Heather McFarlane

Heather McFarlane

Assistant Professor

Recent Publications

Global regulatory features of alternative splicing across tissues and within the nervous system of C. elegans

Koterniak B, Pilaka PP, Gracida X, Schneider L, Pritišanac I, Zhang Y, Calarco JA
2020, Genome Research, 10.1101/gr.267328.120

EPSIN1 and MTV1 define functionally overlapping but molecularly distinct trans-Golgi network subdomains in Arabidopsis

Heinze L, Freimuth N, Rößling A, Hahnke R, Riebschläger S, Fröhlich A, Sampathkumar A, McFarlane HE, Sauer M
2020, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 10.1073/pnas.2004822117

Integration of Migratory Cells into a New Site In Vivo Requires Channel-Independent Functions of Innexins on Microtubules

Miao G, Godt D, Montell DJ
2020, Developmental Cell, 10.1016/j.devcel.2020.06.024

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Latest News

Meeting Report from the International Society for Neurodegenerative Diseases

Cell & Systems Biology was glad to support the 5th Annual Meeting of The International Society for Neurodegenerative Diseases on December 18th…

Collaboration is key at CSB’s aquatic research facility

Amanda Miles’ PhD studies in Prof Vince Tropepe’s lab focus on the development, maintenance, and degeneration of the retina. “The eye is extremely…

CSB Year in Review: Top Stories of 2020

As the year comes to a close, we look back on the achievements of students, staff, and faculty in the Cell and Systems Biology Department. Here are…

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Emerge as a leader, critical thinker and professional

Nick Provart

Professor and Chair

At CSB, our Professors create modern, interactive instruction for an engaged student body and our Sessional Lecturers provide a personal approach. Our exceptional students, post-docs and professors are recipients of prestigious honours. We will continue to produce outstanding discoveries that enhance and challenge our understanding of living organisms

CSB Chair Nick Provart with red leaves in the background

What’s Happening at CSB

Mon 18

MSc Exit Seminar – Winfield Yim (Yoshioka Lab)

January 18 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Fri 22

CSB Seminar: Alexandra Byrne, UMass Medical

January 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Feb 15

Family Day Holiday

February 15
Feb 15

Winter Reading Week

February 15 @ 8:00 am - February 19 @ 5:00 pm
Feb 22

Y Course Drop Date

February 22

Stories we're following

Interesting symposium review by @Mawoodin @UofTCellSysBio on #Kainate receptor regulation of #synapticinhibition in the #hippocampus. How is this regulation linked to higher order brain function and neurological disorders? Find out more 👉 https://buff.ly/3oMyHcB

Searching for your ideal job after your life sciences degree? Be sure to attend the Life Sciences Career Expo this May!

Early bird registration link: http://ow.ly/RiYs50D6LUL
For more details about the programming, agenda and speakers: http://ow.ly/vDCI50D6LUM

Curious about how we maintain our zebrafish for research? PhD student Amanda Miles details her days at our aquatics research facility in this post https://csb.utoronto.ca/collaboration-is-key-at-csbs-aquatic-research-facility/