Gonzales-Vigil lab reveals cuticular waxes as producer of volatile compounds

The lab of Prof Eliana Gonzales-Vigil has released its findings on "Dynamic changes to the plant cuticle include the production of volatile cuticular wax–derived compounds" in the prestigious journal PNAS. The article notes that "Cuticular waxes are widely regarded as physical defenses that…

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Connaught Award for aquatic VR to understand neural dynamics

A Connaught New Researcher Award to CSB Professor Qian Lin will combine engineering, neuroscience, game design and AI to reveal new insights on how the brain controls movement through space. In an aquarium in Lin's lab, a fish sees two paths and swishes its tail to take the left path. A sensor…

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Designing for Feathered Friends: Ramsay Wright Gets Bird-Friendly Makeover

An avian-friendly design has been added to the St. George entrance of the Ramsay Wright Laboratories thanks to a collaboration between Bird Safe UofT and Cell and Systems Biology. Ramsay Wright’s glass doors on St George Street are now permanently marked with dots and adorned with beautiful artwork…

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Retirement celebration features fond recollections

CSB held an emotional get-together on Oct 18th in the Faculty Club to celebrate the retirements of Professors Dorotea Godt and Rudi Winklbauer, and of our Chief Adminstrative Officer Tamar Mamourian. Chair Nick Provart noted that Prof Godt and Prof Winklbauer are valued experts in flies and frogs…

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Mitchell Lab finds cancer enhancer in the genome that drives tumour cell growth

Researchers in the Mitchell lab have found that cancer cells can hijack DNA normally used when tissues and organs are formed to enhance tumour growth. The pathway they found is active in multiple cancer tissues, showing that this mechanism is relevant for many types of cancers. The human genome is…

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Chang lab pursues sensory studies into evolution of the multifunction rhodopsin protein with $2M grant

Some proteins can detect light. Others are sensitive to temperature. Some act as taste receptors. Opsin proteins can do it all. Professor Belinda Chang and colleagues have received $2 million in funding to demystify how a single class of protein can execute and retain such a broad variety of…

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Congratulations 2023 Barrett Award winners!

Students in CSB397, 497, 498, 499 and the Research Opportunities Program presented posters describing their research at the 2023 CSB Undergraduate poster session on Wednesday, September 6, 2023. Four of these students earned the F Michael Barrett Award for their excellent presentations. Yolanda Liu…

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Setbacks are an opportunity to be seized for Nyman scholarship awardee Dylan Bradizza

Dylan Bradizza’s ability to reflect, learn and share has earned him selection for the Leslie Paul Nyman Scholarship. He felt exhilaration and pride when he was informed of this honour, recognizing the importance of this award and gaining affirmation for his dedication to studying plant science. In…

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New appointments show that CSB is building and broadening

CSB is building on excellence and broadening our research thanks to two recent appointment by the University of Toronto. Congratulations, Professor Plotnikov! On July 1st, our colleague Sergey Plotnikov received tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor.Plotnikov is a world leading researcher,…

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Melody Neumann’s Excellence in Education recognized with a Full Professorship

Congratulations to Melody Neumann, who has been promoted to the rank of Full Professor, Teaching Stream in Cell & Systems Biology! Neumann is Director of the Human Biology Program, where she invites students to be active participants in the interdisciplinary study of human biology. Neumann is…

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