Happy Retirement to Janet and Peggy!

Two of our most experienced colleagues have put up their feet for retirement in 2021. Janet Mannone and Peggy Salmon worked to support thousands of students at U of T for over 35 years each. As Undergraduate Coordinator and Course Administrator respectively, they provided valuable guidance and…

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Prof Christina Guzzo guides trainees by following model traits of multiple mentors

Prof Christina Guzzo studies HIV infection in her lab at UTSC and shared with us how she mentors CSB grad students and undergraduates based on the best traits of those who trained her. Guzzo excelled at sports as a youth and was curious about the way bodies worked and how they stayed healthy, so…

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Tiptoeing around in the frog embryo

Dr Martina Nagel recently found the answer to a puzzle that she has been pursuing for 30 years in the laboratory of Prof Rudolf Winklbauer. She determined how the sheets of tissue that become the adult frog can migrate past each other while staying mostly separate as the embryo grows and develops…

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Cannabis’ Hermaphrodite Conundrum

Guest post by Hayley McKay The commercial cannabis industry is facing a looming problem: it doesn’t have the ability to cultivate cannabis efficiently. Sure, growers have tried to co-opt basement grow-op techniques for large scale production, but fundamental plant science is still missing. Not…

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Transcriptional enhancers don’t require ‘master regulators’

A common assumption in studying gene transcription is that there are 'master regulators' that are required for gene regulation. Gurdeep Singh from Professor Jennifer Mitchell’s laboratory challenges this view in the latest Genome Research by showing that gene transcription can be precisely…

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Exceptional Science at the CSB Undergraduate Research Fair

On April 9th, students in CSB497, CSB498 and CSB499 presented the results of their year-long research programs in a virtual talk. Presenters were divided into three breakout rooms for their presentations. Our graduate student volunteers did an excellent job chairing and running the concurrent…

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Colleagues and friends support Julia Gauberg to academic excellence

My scientific journey began at York University, when I joined Dr. Scott Kelly’s lab as an undergraduate student and immediately became hooked on research. I love untangling the complexity of animal cells, collaborating with other scientists, and contributing to the scientific community with my…

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Lifelong learner Monica Mc Sheim on mastering complex organizations

Monica Mc Sheim is fascinated by the interaction of social structures and individual roles in society, and by adaptations that have challenged traditional structures. She pursued this passion studying Sociology at Wilfrid Laurier University, with minors in Anthropology and Women’s Studies. Her jobs…

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Dr Pauline Wang finds fun in tackling analysis of complex samples

Dr Pauline Wang is Facility Manager of the Centre for Analysis of Genome Evolution & Function (CAGEF). Her facility provides research services to scientists around the world in comparative, evolutionary, and functional analyses of genomes and proteomes. Inspired by a young woman who taught her…

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Professor Keiko Yoshioka goes with optimism to a career in plant science

For International Women's Day 2021, Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) is celebrating our women colleagues and their accomplishments. Professor Keiko Yoshioka recalls the joy of running through fields of grass that were as tall as her near her childhood home in Osaka, Japan. As a young student, she…

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