Long-term Research at CSB supported by NSERC Discovery Grants 2022

Congratulations to five researchers at CSB who have earned Discovery Grants starting in 2022 from the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC). This program supports ongoing programs of research with long-term goals over five years rather than supporting a single short-term…

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Tropepe lab reveals reduced photoreceptor integrity underlying Usher Syndrome

Dr Amanda Miles of the Tropepe lab shows that "Usher syndrome type 1-associated gene, pcdh15b, is required for photoreceptor structural integrity in zebrafish" in the Dec 2021 issue of Disease Models & Mechanisms (DMM). Zebrafish protocadherin-15b (pcdh15b) is closest in sequence to the human…

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Collaboration is key at CSB’s aquatic research facility

Amanda Miles’ PhD studies in Prof Vince Tropepe’s lab focus on the development, maintenance, and degeneration of the retina. “The eye is extremely complex; if you stop and think about how your eye develops properly and what allows you to see the vast wonders surrounding you- it’s incredible!…

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Building excellence in research and teaching: CSB’s new Chair Nicholas Provart

Professor Nick Provart likes building things; he even used his carpentry skills to expand his children’s treehouse while working from home (without losing any fingers). As the new Chair of the Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB), he now has the opportunity to build up the academic…

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Prof Vince Tropepe’s lab using zebrafish as a vertebrate model for Usher Syndrome-linked blindness

CSB Chair Vincent Tropepe has received funding from Fighting Blindness Canada to conduct research using zebrafish to study Usher syndrome, a genetic condition that results in hearing and vision loss. Loss of vision in Usher syndrome is the result of retinal degeneration, but the mechanism through…

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