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 that provides instruction and support for researchers studying plants and animals using light, confocal, or electron microscopy.  The facility is equipped with state-of-the-art instruments which includes a spectral confocal microscope, two conventional confocal microscopes, a spinning disk confocal, a transmission electron microscope, a scanning electron microscope, a laser microdissection system, an inverted fluorescence microscope, a stereofluorescence microscope (all of which are capable of generating high quality digital images), and ancillary equipment for specimen preparation.  For further details, please contact Henry Hong at / (416) 416-978-4092 or Audrey Darabie at / (416) 978-3510. The Imaging Facility (Room 022)  is located in the basement (Level G) of the Ramsay Wright Buiding.

The joint EEB/CSB 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.

The Teaching Plant Collection, comprised of many specimens of botanical and human interest, is also located in glasshouses on the ESC rooftop. <Collection Highlights>. The collection is used to supplement a wide range of departmental courses and elementary and high school tours. Students are welcome to visit and explore the Collection between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

The Facilities are managed by Chief Horticulturalist, Bruce Hall, along with Horticulturalist Andrew Petrie. The Greenhouse Staff maintain the Teaching Plant Collection and grow plant material used in course lectures and laboratory exercises. They provide researchers with growth space, material, and advice, and have a wide range of knowledge and experience with plants that they are happy to share.

Contact Bruce and Andrew to request glasshouse space, change environmental settings and report pest problems.

Contact Bill Cole for chamber requests, program changes or to report problems. Alternate contacts Bruce & Andrew.

More at the Growth Facilities web site.

Workshops comprises three main components: the wood-working shop, metal shop, and the precision-equipment facility. In addition, the unit possesses a paint-room, plastics assembly room, a welding area, and refrigeration repair.

The shops is staffed by two highly skilled technicians who are able to work with a wide variety of materials – wood, plastic, steel, brass, aluminium, etc. The unit holds a large inventory of materials in order to avoid start-up delays. Over the years workshop personnel have been called upon to construct an extensive range of research equipment – often requiring a very high level of accuracy in workmanship. They have manufactured highly intricate miniature apparatus for physiological investigation and, at the other end of the scale, large and complex experimental arenas for behavioural research. The fine craftsmanship and service available from the CSB Shops has been invaluable in helping to make possible a large part of our research output. For further details, please contact James Dix at or Trung Luu at

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, network security, and offer 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 3021.

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