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 losing any fingers). As the new Chair of the Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB), he now has the opportunity to build up the academic…

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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 excellent contribution to technical services has improved teaching and research. Using innovative problem solving as a Teaching Lab Technician, Lisa has…

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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 catalyzes cross-disciplinary partnerships between investigators from the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering and other faculties. The grant was…

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Parasitic plant study by Professor Shelley Lumba reveals unexpected pathway to germination of witchweed seeds

The crop fields of sub-Saharan Africa have fallen under a spell cast by the witchweed Striga hermonthica. Every year, this parasitic plant targets and destroys over eight billion dollars worth of staple crops, leading the UN to declare Striga infestations as a major impediment to poverty…

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Pan-genome effector analysis of Pseudomonas syringae reveals the ways wild plants evade infection

The Guttman and Desveaux labs in Cell & Systems Biology have published a comprehensive analysis of the huge variety of methods used by bacteria to evade the immune system of plants in the latest issue of Science magazine: "The pan-genome effector-triggered immunity landscape of a host-pathogen…

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CSB researcher awarded Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship

We are pleased to announce that Dr Ian Tobias has won a Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellowship to pursue research at Professor Jennifer Mitchell’s laboratory in Cell & Systems Biology. He will study how growth of stem cells differs between species. Dr Tobias will examine regions of DNA called…

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Prof Vince Tropepe’s lab using zebrafish as a vertebrate model for Usher Syndrome-linked blindness

CSB Chair Vincent Tropepe has received funding from Fighting Blindness Canada to conduct research using zebrafish to study Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that results in hearing and vision loss. Loss of vision in Usher syndrome is the result of retinal degeneration, but the mechanism through…

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CSB neurobiologists identify switch that turns muscles on and off during sleep

CSB Professor John Peever, CSB PhD grad Zoltan Torontali and CSB RA Jimmy Fraigne have demonstrated a new link between arousal and muscle paralysis in mice using behavioral, electrophysiological, and chemogenetic strategies in a paper in Current Biology. During REM sleep, muscle paralysis is…

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Neuroscientist Dr Jessica Pressey joins CSB in 2020 as Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

We are fortunate to have recruited Jessica Pressey to CSB as an Assistant Professor, Teaching-Stream (3-year CLTA) as of Jan 1, 2020. Professor Pressey graduated with a PhD from Dean Woodin's lab in 2015 and completed postdoctoral research at INSERM's Institut du Fer à Moulin in Paris, France.…

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Graduate student excellence recognized in the 2019-2020 Graduate Student Awards

The academic excellence, research potential and leadership abilities of Cell & Systems Biology graduate students was recognized in award presentations at the 2019 CSB Holiday Party held in the Madison Avenue Pub on December 6th, 2019. Professor Dinesh Christendat announced the recipients…

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