What Sits at the Centre of Wound Healing?

The science of rapid wound healing has new insights due to discoveries in fruit flies from the Fernandez-Gonzalez lab at University of Toronto. Collaboration, community and perseverance has resulted in an article published in the journal Cell Reports as “p38-mediated cell growth and survival drive…

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Sugar-coated cells’ surprise role in gastrulation

The way embryonic cells stick to each other is given a new twist by studies of the sugar coating around developing tissues. The Winklbauer lab has shown that the glycocalyx sugar coat mediates cell-cell attachment across significantly large distances between cells. These surprising results are…

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Calarco Lab receives Connaught Award to map RNA binding proteins in the nervous system

Professor John Calarco has been granted a Connaught New Researcher Award to publish a detailed atlas of RNA binding proteins (RBPs), key regulators of gene expression, in the nervous system of the roundworm C. elegans. Mutations in RBP genes are thought to be associated with diseases including…

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Sustainability in the Earth Sciences Centre

Settled on top of UofT’s Earth Sciences Centre on Huron Street are fifteen greenhouse zones for CSB and EEB researchers. High energy sodium lamps provide light to grow cultivated plants, but a new sustainability project is underway to replace these lamps with energy efficient LEDs. The Earth…

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Push and pull – the forces that earn Sergey Plotnikov a prestigious CIHR grant

Prof Sergey Plotnikov studies how cell movement is guided by the stiffness of the tissue around the cell, and a new CIHR grant will allow his lab to continue pushing this work forward. Each day, cells in our body are continuously bombarded by a myriad of biological signals. As you are comfortably…

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Hybrid receptor from Lumba lab suggests how parasitic plants evolve

Professor Shelley Lumba’s lab found out how benign plants develop the ability to become parasites on other plants in new research published in PNAS. Many plants release strigolactone hormones to promote beneficial interactions with soil fungi. Parasitic plants like witchweed can sense…

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Alice DesRoches is 2021’s Nyman Scholar

Alice DesRoches has earned the 2021 Dr Leslie Paul Nyman Scholarship by demonstrating exceptional leadership skills in the community and a strong commitment to plant biology. DesRoches was an active peer member of her First and Second-Year Learning Communities (F/SLC) and is incoming Executive…

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Finding Fulfillment in a Fine Lecture with Prof Kenneth Yip

Prof Kenneth Yip learned early in his career that he really enjoys teaching from giving classes as a post-doctoral researcher. “I love to see that students are excited about science and I enjoy hearing questions that show they understand the material and are eager to learn more. My favourite…

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Congratulations to our new Faculty!

Cell & Systems Biology has Professors in three newly appointed posts starting on July 1, 2021! Professor Shelley Lumba has been appointed as Assistant Professor in Plant Systems Biology at Cell and Systems Biology. Lumba studies molecular mechanisms of dormancy and germination in plants in the…

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Synthetic biology circuit from Chang lab may lead to IBD treatment

A new probiotic yeast, engineered at the University of Toronto and extensively tested at Bringham & Women’s Hospital (BWH) was designed using synthetic biology to sense and respond to inflammation, and has been shown to reduce IBD in mice. Inflammation can be a healthy response to infection…

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