Welcome To CSB

The Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) was established in July of 2006 to advance research and teaching in some of the most dynamic and vital areas of biological research.

Message from the Chair

Meet our Faculty

Explore who’s behind our latest outstanding publications.

Melanie A. Woodin

Professor & Dean

Heather McFarlane

Assistant Professor

Dorothea Godt

Associate Professor

Recent Publications

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

Enhancer-gene rewiring in the pathogenesis of Quebec Platelet Disorder.

Liang M, Soomro AU, Tasneem S, Abatti LE, Alizada A, Yuan X, Uusküla-Reimand L, Antounians L, Alvi SA, Paterson AD, Rivard GE, Scott IC, Mitchell JA, Hayward CPM, Wilson MD
2020, Blood, 32663239

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Latest News

Preparing to Push: Epigenetic analysis of uterine muscle cells reveals molecular basis of preterm labour

Answers to some questions in science require the development of new technologies; molecular biologists once examined selected pieces of DNA and the…

Building excellence in research and teaching: CSB’s new Chair Nicholas Provart

Professor Nick Provart likes building things; he even used his carpentry skills to expand his children’s treehouse while working from home (without…

Innovative problem solving leads to 2020 Dean’s Outstanding Technical Service Award for Lisa Matchett

Congratulations to Lisa Matchett for receiving the 2020 Dean’s Outstanding Technical Service Award. The award recognizes staff members whose…

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Emerge as a leader, critical thinker and professional

Janet Mannone

Undergraduate Coordinator

Our goal is to create an environment for CSB students that is supportive and welcoming. My role is to facilitate their education and to help make their experience here a rewarding one.

What’s Happening at CSB

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December 9
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December 10
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December 11 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 5:00 pm
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We are excited to hear from Prof Anna Stepanova ⁦@AlonsoStepanova of ⁦@NCStateGenetics⁩ on “Building a SynBio Toolbox to Monitor and Control Plant Hormone Activity” today at 11 am (Virtual)

This year's LEARNING ABROAD FAIR has gone virtual! Check out the series of online events happening Monday, Oct. 26 to Friday, Oct. 30: Learn about partner universities, learning abroad programs, student experiences, applications & more. Details: https://learningabroad.utoronto.ca/events/learning-abroad-fair/ #UofT

Fantastic article by @Hayleyy_McKay. I was lucky enough to see a draft version of as her mentor for the recent @ComSciConGTA event. Do give it a read! #scicomm

A virus-like COVID-19 vaccine is being grown in tobacco plants https://massivesci.com/articles/covid-19-vaccine-medicago-vlp-tobacco-plant/ via @massivesci