Canadian Foundation for Innovation profiles Prof Guttman’s research

The Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) funds research in Professor David Guttman's lab on understanding how bacteria adapt to and manipulate their hosts. CFI has shared a profile of Guttman's work as "Blueprints for boosting plant immunity: How sophisticated genomics could help address food…

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CSB recruits Professor Qian Lin for systems neuroscience in a new city

We are pleased to welcome Qian Lin, who has joined us as Assistant Professor in CSB to work on systems neuroscience, at the intersection of computational biology and neurobiology. In her experiments, she observes neurons light up across the entire brain as zebrafish make decisions in order to…

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Discoveries and Discussions at CSB Research Day

CSB held our Research Day for the first time in 2 years on September 22nd, 2022. Over 180 students, staff and faculty gathered at the Old Mill to hear the latest advances in research in the department. In his opening remarks, Graduate Associate Chair John Peever remarked how glad he was to see…

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Compassion and Commitment earn Jade Zhang the 2022 Nyman Scholarship

Congratulations to New College student Jade Zhang, who has been awarded the Dr Leslie Paul Nyman scholarship. This award recognizes a plant biology student who has made a stellar impact through community service activities.   Zhang excelled in our Molecular Plant Biology lab course CSB350, where…

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Fresh perspectives from a CSB summer course overseas

Yutei Shi, freshly returned from his European research stay Yutei Shi (UC’23) is returning from an overseas summer course with a new perspective on what’s important to him in his studies and in his career in biology. The CSB397 Research Abroad course offers UofT students a chance for experiential…

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Professor Chang’s Research Featured in The Atlantic

Dr Sarah Dungan was interviewed about her work in Professor Chang's lab on reconstructing ancestral rhodopsin in cetaceans. The story was published in the Atlantic as "What Did Ancient Whales See?" (external link).

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Microscopic detectors of viscosity – Plotnikov lab collaboration reveals how cells measure fluid thickness and move faster despite resistance

Researchers at University of Toronto and Johns Hopkins University have identified a specific cellular structure that allows cells to sense fluid thickness. In their recent Nature Physics article, the group explains how cells respond to thickened fluids and details the effect of viscosity on cell…

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CSB Graduate Wins Award for Best Plant Biology Paper of 2021

The 2021 Ragai Ibrahim Award for best student paper in plant biology was awarded to CSB graduate Dr Purva Karia by the Canadian Society for Plant Biology (CSPB). . Karia’s award-winning research in Prof Keiko Yoshioka’s lab identified key molecular changes responsible for regulating…

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Dean Melanie Woodin elected as Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience

Congratulations to CSB Professor Melanie Woodin on her election as Vice-President of the Canadian Association for Neuroscience (CAN). Prof Woodin has an outstanding track record of scientific productivity and achievements. Her team has spearheaded major advances in our understanding of mechanisms…

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Whales evolved swiftly to become deep divers

Surprising details about the transition of early whales from living on shore to diving down to feast on deep-dwelling prey have been revealed by Dr Sarah Dungan and Professor Belinda Chang of EEB and CSB. Their pivotal result shows that early whales had visual systems adapted to deep diving, firmly…

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