Long-term Research at CSB supported by NSERC Discovery Grants 2022

Congratulations to five researchers at CSB who have earned Discovery Grants starting in 2022 from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). This program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals over five years rather than supporting a single short-term…

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Tamar Mamourian’s Thriving Legacy

Tamar Mamourian is a powerhouse of knowledge in designing and implementing policy to benefit the University of Toronto community. She recently retired as Chief Administrative Officer of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB), but her legacy spreads well beyond this Department. Tamar’s fondest memory of…

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Professor Melody Neumann earns U of T’s highest teaching honour

Melody Neumann, Associate Professor in CSB and Director of the Human Biology Program, has been awarded the President's Teaching Award, the highest honour for teaching at the University of Toronto. This award recognizes Prof Neumann's sustained and ongoing excellence in Educational Leadership,…

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Renewed Canada Research Chair for Prof Fernandez-Gonzalez

Congratulations to Professor Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez on the renewal of his tier two Canada Research Chair in quantitative cell biology and morphogenesis! Professor Fernandez-Gonzalez studies cytoskeletal dynamics and mechanical forces in the assembly and repair of epithelial tissues. His lab…

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Platform for Plant Stress Signaling Analysis earns crucial NSERC-RTI grant

The Platform for Plant Stress Signaling Analysis at CSB examines the ways plants respond to drought, salt, infection and other stresses.  We have been using this platform for 17 years, but many of the instruments are showing signs of wear. To update our facility, a group led by Professor Keiko…

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Congratulations to F Michael Barrett Award 2022 winners from CSB!

Students taking our CSB497/CSB498/CSB499 courses earned valuable experience in CSB research labs, gaining skills and knowledge in specific fields including developmental biology, plant biology, and stem cell biology. Our professors welcome the curiosity and questioning that these undergraduates…

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CSB Professor Shelley Lumba aims to alleviate global hunger by preventing crop loss caused by parasitic plants

Professor Shelley Lumba was recently appointed to the post of Associate Professor in Cell & Systems Biology to pursue her work on the molecular signalling that activates germination in parasitic plants. Her work was profiled in a piece from UofT News titled "Researcher aims to alleviate global…

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Guzzo lab assesses UV technology to inactivate HIV-1 and hCoV-229E

Prof Christina Guzzo's lab has published a study in Virology Journal looking at UV treatment to inactivate Human Immunodeficiency Virus and the seasonal human coronavirus 229E. Her students Arvin Persaud and Jonathan Burnie published their results as "A UV-LED module that is highly effective at…

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David G Butler (1936-2022), Professor of Endocrinology

We are sad to share the news that our emeritus Professor David G Butler passed away in February 2022. Born in Vancouver, BC, David Butler obtained his PhD with Professor Ian Chester-Jones at the University of Sheffield in 1964 and was recruited to the Department of Zoology that same year. He began…

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Striving for Innovative Discoveries Yields Crucial Funding for CSB in 2021

The Department of Cell and Systems Biology, (CSB) here at the University of Toronto is striving towards innovative insights in the field of molecular sciences and systems biology. Our research projects include neurological development, cancer, fundamentals of transcriptional regulation and much…

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