Melanie Woodin


Academic Title: Professor

Campus: St. George

CSB Appointment: Full

Primary Undergraduate Department:
Cell & Systems Biology

Graduate Programs:
Cell & Systems Biology

Titles and Honors:

Academic or Administrative Appointments:
Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science

Ph.D. University of Calgary 2001
M.Sc. University of Toronto 1997
B.Sc. University of Toronto 1995

Mailing Address

Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
25 Harbord St.
Toronto, ON M5S 3B2

Contact Information

Office phone: 416-978-8646
Office: RW 303B
Lab: RW302/303/323/318
Lab phone: 416-978-1406

Research Areas

Cell Biology


The Woodin Lab is focused on understanding the functioning of inhibitory synapses, both at the cellular level and within neuronal circuits. We employ a multi-disciplinary approach combining electrophysiology, biochemistry, fluorescence imaging, computation biology and bioinformatics to understand how synapses are built, the mechanisms that underlie their plasticity, and their role in neuronal circuits. Using principles we learn from the study of the healthy brain we unravel mechanisms that lead to neurological disorders and dieseases, including autism spectrum disorder, Huntington’s disease and ALS.


Please refer to Melanie Woodin’s website for her most recent publications: