Professor Heather McFarlane

Dr Heather McFarlane has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology starting July 1st, 2019.

Professor McFarlane’s research aims to uncover the mechanisms by which plants sense and respond to the status of the cell wall, with the goal of modifying plant cell walls to advance sustainable agriculture, food security, and next-generation biofuels.

Her multidisciplinary approach integrates cell biology, genetics, transcriptomics and computational modeling of protein sequence evolution to produce a systems level understanding of plant cell wall biosynthesis.

Her excellence in research has led to her successfully competing for a Canada Research Chair Tier II in Plant Cell Biology.

Welcome to the Department, Professor McFarlane!