Professor Christopher Garside

Christopher Garside

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream


St. George (downtown)

CSB Appointment


Research Areas

Science Pedagogy


Ph.D. University of Toronto 2001,
M.Sc. University of Toronto 1995,
BSc University of Toronto 1992

Primary Undergraduate Department

Cell & Systems Biology

Graduate Programs

Cell & Systems Biology

Academic or Administrative Appointments


Research Description

As a lecturer I am dedicated to being approachable, enthusiastic, inspiring and effective. I strive to create an interactive environment where students are given the opportunity to take risks and question accepted theories, leading to the development of critical thinking. My pedagogical interests include finding ways to increase student engagement with lecture and laboratory materials by providing students with transferrable concepts and skills. For example, I am integrating innovative scaffolded writing assignments into undergraduate courses in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology. As a necessary corollary to this goal, I am dedicated to investigating the best ways to train our TAs in order to facilitate the engagement of our undergraduate students in laboratories.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 416-978-7780
Office: RW206e

Mailing Address

Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
25 Harbord St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3G5



Mosquito natriuretic peptide identified as a calcitonin-like diuretic hormone in Anopheles gambiae (Giles)

Coast GM, Garside CS, Webster SG, Schegg KM, Schooley DA
2005, The Journal of experimental biology, 208, 3281-91, 16109890

Neuropeptide control of fluid balance in insects

Coast GM, Garside CS
2005, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1040, 1-8, 15891001

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