Neuroscientist Dr Jessica Pressey joins CSB in 2020 as Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

We are fortunate to have recruited Jessica Pressey to CSB as an Assistant Professor, Teaching-Stream (3-year CLTA) as of Jan 1, 2020. Professor Pressey graduated with a PhD from Dean Woodin’s lab in 2015 and completed postdoctoral research at INSERM’s Institut du Fer à Moulin in Paris, France.

Her field of expertise is synaptic transmission, neuroplasticity, and brain development and as such she will be a valuable addition to CSB’s Animal Physiology Major program and for CSB research project course students studying electrophysiology.

Congratulations, Professor Pressey!

CSB397 Research Abroad course provides new skills and new experiences

Our undergraduate CSB397 course provides the opportunity to conduct scientific research in academic labs around the world. In 2019, we had 17 students going to Singapore (NUS), Japan (Riken), Denmark (Copenhagen), Germany (Konstanz), Scotland (Strathclyde) or England (City). Upon returning to Canada, students present a final report or poster to the Department describing the results of their experiments.

CSB students Echo Jing and Stephanie Le agreed to share their experience as research students in Singapore. They highlight the experiential learning opportunity provided by the course: “This was the first time I’d worked in a molecular cellular lab,” Echo says. “I learned experimental research techniques and that gave me insight into what a real molecular cellular researcher does in a real lab setting. I also learned how to approach problems critically as a researcher.”

More details on CSB397 can be found under International Experience on the CSB website. Entry to this course is limited, and the deadline to apply for Summer 2020 is December 3, 2019.

CSB at Fall Campus Day 2019

Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) hosted a booth at the Fall Campus Day program fair, an annual event to explain U of T programs to high school students. Our booth was crowded with eager young scientists curious about our courses. CSB is the largest undergraduate life sciences department at U of T, so our TAs and Professors will be teaching many of these students. We would like to thank CSB Administrator Genna Zunde, CSB student Nidhi Krishnakumar and CSB Professors Tony Harris and Jennifer Mitchell for sharing their excitement about the programs we offer with Fall Campus Day attendees.