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

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Meet our Faculty

Explore who’s behind our latest outstanding publications.

Shelley Lumba

Assistant Professor

Professor Sonia Gazzarrini

Sonia Gazzarrini


Professor Segey Plotnikov

Sergey V. Plotnikov

Associate Professor

Recent Publications

Epigenetic silencing of callose synthase by VIL1 promotes bud-growth transition in lily bulbs

Pan W, Li J, Du Y, Zhao Y, Xin Y, Wang S, Liu C, Lin Z, Fang S, Yang Y, Zaccai M, Zhang X, Yi M, Gazzarrini S, Wu J
2023, Nature Plants, 10.1038/s41477-023-01492-z

Polyvalent immunization elicits a synergistic broadly neutralizing immune response to hypervariable region 1 variants of hepatitis C virus

Mosa A, Campo D, Khudyakov Y, AbouHaidar M, Gehring A, Zahoor A, Ball J, Urbanowicz R, Feld J
2023, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 10.1073/pnas.2220294120

Structural analysis of a hormone-bound Striga strigolactone receptor

Arellano-Saab A, Skarina T, Xu Z, McErlean CSP, Savchenko A, Lumba S, Stogios PJ, McCourt P
2023, Nature Plants, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41477-023-01423-y

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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

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