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.

Insights from our New Chair

Meet our Faculty

Explore who’s behind our latest outstanding publications.

Nicholas J. Provart

Professor & Chair

Melanie A. Woodin

Professor & Dean

Shelley Lumba

Assistant Professor

Recent Publications

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

The pan-genome effector-triggered immunity landscape of a host-pathogen interaction

Laflamme B, Dillon MM, Martel A, Almeida RND, Desveaux D, Guttman DS
2020, Science, 10.1126/science.aax4079

All Publications

Latest News

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…

Cell biology meets engineering in collaborative XSeed grant for Professor Sergey Plotnikov to study wound closure in fruit flies

CSB Professor Sergey Plotnikov has been awarded XSeed funding to identify protein targets that can accelerate wound healing.  The XSeed program…

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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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Nov 09

F Course Drop Date

November 9
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Fall Reading Week

November 9 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 5:00 pm
Dec 09

Fall Term Ends

December 9
Dec 10

Makeup Monday Class

December 10
Dec 11

Final Exams – F Courses

December 11 @ 8:00 am - December 22 @ 5:00 pm
Dec 23

December Study Break

December 23, 2020 @ 8:00 am - January 3, 2021 @ 8:00 am
Jan 04

Winter Term Begins

January 4, 2021
Feb 15

Y Course Drop Date

February 15, 2021
Feb 15

Family Day Holiday

February 15, 2021

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JOB POSTING: Where can you combine bioinformatics, experimental design, teaching, community outreach, and a friendly, collaborative environment? Right here at CAGEF! We’re seeking a bioinformagician to round out our awesome staff - details here: https://jobs.utoronto.ca/job/Toronto-ON/541415017/?locale=en_US