Excellence and excitement at CSB Research Day 2024

The wide variety of cutting-edge science in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology was on full display in the distinguished halls of Hart House at CSB Research Day on May 3, 2024. Grad students from all three campuses shared their findings with faculty, staff and fellow students at talks and…

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Life sciences students honour CSB Teaching Assistants with Teaching Excellence Award

Congratulations to this year’s TA Teaching Excellence Award winners, Kathryn McTavish, Ruby He, Mary-Elizabeth Raymond and Andrea-Aditi Taylor! Students taking classes in Molecular and Cell Biology (BIO130), Techniques in Molecular & Cell Biology (CSB330) and Methods in Genomics and Proteomics…

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Remembering the wisdom and curiosity of Professor Yoshio Masui (1931-2024)

We are sad to share news of the passing of Professor Emeritus Yoshio Masui, FRS, OC on April 18, 2024. Prof Masui was a valued colleague in the Departments of Zoology (1968-2006) and Cell & Systems Biology (2006-2024) at the University of Toronto. His discoveries revealed important details of…

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Undergraduate researchers reveal exciting project results at year-end poster session to earn F Michael Barrett Award

On Friday, April 5th, 2024 students from the CSB497, 498 and 499 independent research programs presented their project results in a poster session held in the Ramsay Wright Building. We would like to thank our judges for their time assessing the posters and presentations. The students who excelled…

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Appreciative students present award for teaching to Professor Kenneth Yip

Prof Kenneth Yip and Farida Kayed, ASSU Executive Professor Kenneth Yip applies a visible passion to his teaching and shows genuine concern for his students. His enthusiastic presentations earned him this year’s Ranjini (Rini) Ghosh Excellence in Teaching Award from the Arts & Science Student…

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EPIC Future Leaders Prize for Dr Jonathan Burnie’s virology research

Dr Jonathan Burnie has earned the EPIC Future Leaders Prize from the Emerging & Pandemic Infections Consortium. Dr Burnie is a graduate from the Guzzo lab who was selected as one of four outstanding PhD graduates who defended their infectious disease-related thesis in 2023. Burnie's research…

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A role for androgens in building muscle and making neurons: Sabrina Tzivia Barsky earns Christine Hone-Buske Award

Sabrina Tzivia Barsky, a grad student in the Monks lab at UTM, has earned the Christine Hone-Buske Award from Cell & Systems Biology for her publication “Androgen action on myogenesis throughout the lifespan; comparison with neurogenesis”. With this paper she is taking her research on androgen…

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Blocking the signal: Dr Sylvia Mutinda earns Provost Post-doctoral Award to understand how parasitic plants eavesdrop on crops

Dr Sylvia Mutinda is a scientist from Kenya who works on a parasitic plant, Striga hermonthica, that infests crops in Africa. She will be coming to work on Striga in the Lumba lab in Toronto with the aid of a Provost Post-doctoral Fellowship from the University of Toronto. Prof Shelley Lumba in…

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Driving discoveries over 35 years: Bob Strome reflects on UofT’s dynamic research community

CSB research technician Bob Strome recently received his pin for 35 years of service at UofT. Through decades of molecular biology research at UofT, he has been at the core of new technology development, seen old technologies sidelined, and has witnessed UofT buildings fall and rise. Strome started…

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Dr. Ian Tobias on neural stem cell fate and academic career choices

Dr Ian Tobias is a post-doctoral researcher in the Mitchell laboratory in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) working on neural stem cells. He is a member of the Chippewas of the Nawash Unceded First Nation. Upon starting his position in CSB, he earned a Provost Post-Doctoral…

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