Sustainability award to Chief Horticulturalist Bill Cole for greenhouse energy improvements

U of T's Chief Horticulturalist, Bill Cole, has led the change for energy efficiency in our plant growth facilities through relentless effort on lighting retrofits. Cole's work has earned him the Sustainable Action Award from Facilities and Services. Plant science requires tightly controlled…

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CSPB awards for CSB’s dedicated plant scientists

CSB students won multiple awards at the annual regional meeting of the Canadian Society for Plant Biology, held at University of Toronto Scarborough on December 3, 2022. Jenny Huang (McFarlane lab) noted that "It was exciting to finally meet all the scientists I had only heard of by name before.…

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Congratulations to CSB’s Graduate Student Award Recipients!

Congratulations to our Graduate Students who earned recognition for their accomplishments at our Graduate Student Awards on December 19th, 2022! Valerie Anderson Graduate Fellowship Awarded for academic merit to an outstanding student in any subdiscipline of plant biology. Recipient: Saad Hussain…

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Prof John Calarco “excited and confident” after Canada Research Chair renewal for Neuronal RNA Biology

When the flow of information from gene to protein is disrupted, damage or disease can be the result. Prof John Calarco’s research in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology looks at how protein-coding exons in pre-mRNA are precisely chosen and spliced together, while introns in pre-mRNA are…

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Congratulations to Highly Cited Researcher Prof David Guttman!

Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) Professor David Guttman has been recognized as a Highly Cited Researcher in 2022 by the science analytics firm Clarivate. This award is evidence that Guttman's peers frequently refer to his work as they build toward improvements in plant and animal…

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Canadian Foundation for Innovation profiles Prof Guttman’s research

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds research in Professor David Guttman's lab on understanding how bacteria adapt to and manipulate their hosts. CFI has shared a profile of Guttman's work as "Blueprints for boosting plant immunity: How sophisticated genomics could help address food…

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CSB recruits Professor Qian Lin for systems neuroscience in a new city

We are pleased to welcome Qian Lin, who has joined us as Assistant Professor in CSB to work on systems neuroscience, at the intersection of computational biology and neurobiology. In her experiments, she observes neurons light up across the entire brain as zebrafish make decisions in order to…

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Discoveries and Discussions at CSB Research Day

CSB held our Research Day for the first time in 2 years on September 22nd, 2022. Over 180 students, staff and faculty gathered at the Old Mill to hear the latest advances in research in the department. In his opening remarks, Graduate Associate Chair John Peever remarked how glad he was to see…

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Compassion and Commitment earn Jade Zhang the 2022 Nyman Scholarship

Congratulations to New College student Jade Zhang, who has been awarded the Dr Leslie Paul Nyman scholarship. This award recognizes a plant biology student who has made a stellar impact through community service activities.   Zhang excelled in our Molecular Plant Biology lab course CSB350, where…

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Fresh perspectives from a CSB summer course overseas

Yutei Shi, freshly returned from his European research stay Yutei Shi (UC’23) is returning from an overseas summer course with a new perspective on what’s important to him in his studies and in his career in biology. The CSB397 Research Abroad course offers UofT students a chance for experiential…

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