The following links provide support for building Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

  • Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity office – ARCDO [LINK]
  • The Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation has some workshops for faculty about supporting accessibility and anti-oppressive education [LINK]
  • University Led EDI Initiatives [PDF]
  • Sexual & Gender Diversity office [LINK]
  • Toronto Initiative for Diversity & Excellence – TIDE [LINK]

CAGEF is an extra-departmental unit established to facilitate interdisciplinary research and training in comparative, evolutionary, and functional analyses of genomes and proteomes. It supports research by maintaining and providing technical support for state-of-the-art genomic and proteomic research platforms such as next-generation genome sequencers, mass spectrometry facilities, gene expression facilities, bioinformatics clusters, and chemical genomic libraries.  CAGEF also promotes the training of students, postdocs and technicians through workshops, and undergraduate and graduate courses. More information can be found on the CAGEF website.

Homepage for functional genomics web-based tools for exploring large-scale data sets from Arabidopsis and other plants. The BAR provides analysis and visualization tools for exploring gene expression, protein-protein interactions, subcellular localization, and sequence polymorphisms datasets. More information can be found on the BAR website.

The Cell and Systems Biology Imaging Facility is a service laboratory for researchers engaged in the study of both plants and animals, specializing in advanced microscopy techniques. Our service laboratory is dedicated to providing comprehensive instruction and support to facilitate cutting-edge research in the field. 

Equipped with state-of-the-art instruments, our facility offers a wide range of microscopy options to cater to diverse research needs. These include a multiphoton microscope, four Leica confocal microscopes, two of which are equipped with resonant scanners for fast imaging, a spinning disk confocal, a transmission electron microscope, a scanning electron microscope, a laser microdissection system, and a stereofluorescence microscope. Each of these devices is meticulously maintained to ensure optimal performance, enabling the generation of high-quality digital images crucial for precise analysis. For image processing and analysis, we have an Imaris workstation (Imaris 10.0) equipped with Clearview deconvolution. 

In addition to our extensive array of microscopy equipment, we also provide ancillary tools for specimen preparation. These supplementary resources are designed to streamline the sample processing workflow, ensuring that researchers have access to a comprehensive suite of tools to support their investigations. 

For those interested in utilizing our facility, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable and dedicated team members. Dr. Kenana Al Kakouni, available at or (416) 416-978-4092, and Audrey Darabie, reachable at or (416) 978-3510, are more than happy to provide further information, answer any queries, and assist in scheduling imaging sessions. 

You can find the Imaging Facility conveniently located in the basement (Level G) of the Ramsay Wright Building in Rooms 019 and 017.


The Growth Facilities are managed by Chief Horticulturalist, Bill Cole and Tom Gludovacz (Horticulturalist / Teaching Collection and Growth facilities multimedia person). The greenhouse staff maintain the teaching plant collection and grow plant material used in course lectures and laboratory exercises. They also provide researchers with growth space and material, and have a wide range of knowledge and experience that they are happy to share.

Glasshouse and Growth Chambers

The Growth Facilities at the Earth Sciences Centre include over 80 plant growth chambers and rooms, and provide excellent support for plant & some model systems (fruit flies, rotifers, damselflies…) research at the University of Toronto.

Contact Bill and Tom to request glasshouse or chamber space, to change environmental settings, report pest problems or ask for advice.

Teaching Plant Collection

The teaching plant collection, comprised of many specimens of botanical and human interest.  The collection is located in glasshouses on the 5th floor of ESC. The collection is used to supplement a wide range of departmental courses, and is instrumental in public outreach (for example, elementary and high school tours).

Students are welcome to visit and explore the collection between 9:30 and 16:30, Monday to Friday.  The collection houses are on the 5th floor of the North wing of the Earth Science Centre (take the stairs from 25 Willcocks St. or 33 Willcocks St. to the 5th floor) Elevator access from 33 Willcocks Street entrance.

More at the Growth Facilities web site:

Support for computing in CSB and EEB is provided by the BIOTA group (Biological Informatics, Operations & Technology Advisory group).

They provide day-to-day computing support for staff, faculty, researchers, and teaching. They also maintain departmental services, building networking, system security, and provide planning support for IT issues. Contact them with any questions, or to make an AV reservation.

Adam Hotchin (IT Technologist)
Ryan MacDonald (IT Coordinator)
James McGuire (IT Technologist)

Please direct all support requests to:
Or drop by their offices in RW 336 or ESC 3053.
Visit the BIOTA web site for useful information about departmental computing.

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