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Graduate Program in Biology

Faculty Members and their Areas of Research

FACULTY RESEARCH AREAS DESCRIPTION
Michael T. Arts
Adjunct Professor
Ecology, Limnology, Physiology, Photobiology  
Gerald Audette
Associate Professor

Protein Biochemistry, Structural Biology, Bionanotechnology Understanding the structural and functional basis of lateral gene transfer, bacterial pathogenesis and the development and
characterization of protein-based nanosystems.
Dawn R. Bazely
Associate Professor
Ecology, Plant Population Biology, Restoration Ecology Impact of herbivory on plants. Fungal endophytes of grasses. Landscape ecology.
Mark Bayfield
Assistant Professor
Microbiology, RNA Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Genetics Research focuses on how conserved mechanisms in RNA metabolism function in both general cellular processes and adaptations to stress. 
Samuel Benchimol
Canada Research Chair
and Professor
Molecular and Cellular Biology,Tumor Suppressor Genes, Apoptosis and Cancer Research is directed at understanding how the p53 tumour suppressor protein regulates cell cycle progression and apoptosis in mammalian cells; and understanding the signalling pathways that lead to cell survival.
Carol Bucking
Assistant Professor
Animal Physiology, environmental adaptation, integrative physiology, molecular biology Integrative and comparative physiology exploring the environmental effects on the gastrointestinal tract and digestion in fish species.
Peter Cheung
Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Chromatin and Epigenetics Our research focuses on histone phophorylation, methylation and ubiquitylation, processes that act as molecular switches to both regulate and fine-tune gene transcription.
Imogen Coe
Adjunct Professor
Molecular biology and biochemistry, cell biology Membrane transport of nucleosides and anti-cancer drugs: hormonal regulation of transport mechanisms.

Brian Colman
Professor Emeritus

Not accepting graduate students.

Plant physiology and cell biology. Photosynthesis in algae, processes of active inorganic carbon uptake and photosynthetic carbon metabolism; physiology of photorespiration.
Dorota A. Crawford
Associate Professor
Genetics, Molecular Neuroscience, Neurodevelopment
Cellular and molecular mechanisms  underlying brain function in neurodevelopmental disorders
J. Douglas Crawford
Distinguished Research Professor and Canada Research Chair
Neurophysiology, animal biology and physiology. Motor control, computational neuroscience. Neural mechanisms and computational principles used by the brain to generate accurate movements in 3-dimensional space.

Michael M. Crerar
Associate Professor Emeritus

Not accepting graduate students

Molecular biology and biochemistry, cell biology, genetics. Protein allostery; glycogen phosphorylase regulation at both enzymatic and genetic levels; gene control in muscle; mammalian isozymes.
Kenneth G. Davey
Distinguished Research
Professor Emeritus

Not accepting graduate students.

Animal biology and physiology. Control of development and physiology of various invertebrates namely insects and nematodes.
Joseph Francis Desouza
Assistant Professor
Neurophysiology, Animal Biology and Physiology A system neuroscience approach to examine eye movement, motion processing and attentional networks using electrophysiology and functional MRI.
Logan W.F. Donaldson
Professor
 
Cell Biology, Protein Biochemistry, Structural Biology.

Andrew Donini
Assistant Professor
Ion-regulatory  Physiology of Aquatic Dipteran Larvae  Mosquito and midge larvae adapt well to changes in habitat salinity. Our research studies the ion transport mechanisms, and their regulation, in organs of these insects.
Mazyar Fallah
Associate Professor
Neurophysiology of attention and perception Single unit and local field potential electrophysiology, microstimulation, and behavioral studies in animals and humans investigating the neural mechanisms of visual attention and perception.
Arthur Forer
Professor Emeritus
Cell Biology Chromosome movement during cell division.
Gail S. Fraser
Associate Professor
Avian Ecology, Wildlife Management, Behavioral Ecology Population ecology of colonial waterbirds and the application
of behavioral ecology to conservation
Dasantila Golemi-Kotra
Associate Professor
Molecular, Cellular and Chemical Biology of microbial infections Antimicrobial resistance in bacteria and viral fusion to host cells
Joerg Grigull
Associate Professor
Bioinformatics, computational biology, gene regulation, biostatistics & epidemiology
 
Post-transcriptional gene regulation and mRNA transcript stability in eukaryotes, microarrays, computational techniques for inferring and predicting factors in gene expression
Tara L. Haas
Associate Professor
Animal Biology/Physiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry Animal Physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Regulation of the growth of new blood vessels, angiogenesis, in skeletal muscle.
Laurence R. Harris
Professor
Neurophysiology and perception of visual, vestibular and oculomotor. Neuroscience, oculomotor, vestibular and sensory physiology and psychophysics. "How can we see and move at the same time?"
Arthur J. Hilliker
Professor
Behavioural genetics, molecular biology and biochemistry. Studies on relationships between chromosome structure and genetic organization in higher eukaryotes; gene expression and its regulation; meiotic recombination; developmental genetics and the organization of the functional interphase nucleus.
Kari L. Hoffman
Associate Professor
Neurophysiology, Animal behavior  Systems and Behavioural Neuroscience, including: Perception of faces and social signals, memory formation and consolidation, plasticity in cortical circuits, sleep rhythms, computational neuroscience.
David A. Hood
Canada Research Chair
and Professor
Animal biology and physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Molecular aspects of mitochondrial biogenesis in mammalian skeletal and cardiac muscles.
Katalin A. Hudak
Associate Professor
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Biotechnology
Philip Johnson
Associate Professor
Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Structural Biology Understanding the structural basis of protein-RNA interactions.
Scott P. Kelly
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director
Animal Physiology, Endocrinology, Environmental Biology

Comparative and integrative physiology with a focus on the endocrine control of hydromineral balance and the endocrine control of energy balance/appetite in teleost fish.
Marie Killeen
Adjunct Professor
Genetics, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Developmental Biology  
Sergey Krylov
Canada Research Chair
and Professor
Cell Biology, Cytometry, Bioanalytical Chemistry.
Terrance Kubiseski
Associate Professor
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry Signaling pathways from guidance receptors to the cytoskeleton during development.
Patricia Lakin-Thomas
Associate Professor
Cell Biology, Chronobiology.  Molecular mechanisms of circadian
rhythmicity in the fungus Neurospora crassa.
Roger R. Lew
Professor
Cell biology, plant fungal and algal physiology Regulation of transport across cellular membranes; electrophysiology; plasma membrane ion pumps and ion channels.
Christopher Lortie
Associate Professor
Community ecology Understanding system theory, structure, and dynamics of communities including plants, animals, and people.
Barry G. Loughton
Professor Emeritus

Not accepting graduate students.

Animal biology and physiology. Neurosecretory phenomena in insects. African migratory locust.
Suzanne E. MacDonald
Associate Professor
Ecology and population biology, animal behaviour, comparative cognition. Cognitive mechanisms involved in foraging behaviour; spatial memory; primates and pigeons.
Jocelyn Martel
Associate Professor
Ecology and evolution. Ecology and evolution of plant-herbivore interactions. Effects of environmental stress on plant-insect interactions.
John C. McDermott
Professor and McLaughlin Research Chair
Animal biology/physiology, molecular biology and biochemistry. Molecular regulation of muscle specific gene regulation; development and regeneration.
Lewis A. Molot
Professor
Aquatic biogeochemistry, Carbon and nutrient dynamics in boreal lakes; iron regulation of cyanobacterial blooms Fate of dissolved organic carbon as it moves from forested catchments through streams and lakes.
Eugene S. Morton
Adjunct Professor
Animal Communication, Behavioural Ecology, Tropical Avian Biology
Laurence D. Packer
Professor
Behaviour, ecology, evolutionary biology. Evolution of social behaviour in bees, phylogenetic systematics of bees and wasps, speciation and population structure, biodiversity.
Jean-Paul Paluzzi
Assistant Professor
Neuroendocrinology of blood-feeding arthropods; Molecular Physiology Ticks and mosquitoes are chief vectors of various human and animal diseases. Our research elucidates and characterizes the role of nueroendocrine signalling systems which control physiological processes related to blood-feeding in these animals.
Ronald E. Pearlman
University Professor
Emeritus
Molecular biology and biochemistry, cell biology, genetics. Structure, organization and expression of genetic information using Tetrahymena thermophila and Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Chemotherapeutic agents.
Chun Peng
Professor
Molecular and Cellular Biology, Reproductive Endocrinology Transforming growth factor-beta signalling in ovarian cancer, pregnancy and oocyte maturation
Roberto Quinlan
Associate Professor
Aquatic Ecology, Limnology and Paleoecology. Limnology and paleolimnology, aquatic community and ecosystem ecology, stressors on lake and pond systems including human activities and recent climate change.
D. Martin Regan
Distinguished Research
Professor Emeritus

Not accepting graduate students.

Animal biology and physiology. Visual and auditory function in the human brain, neurological and ophthalmological disorders; psychophysics; multiple sclerosis.
Emanuel Rosonina
Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Gene Expression, Yeast Genetics Regulation of gene expression in eukaryotic cells. RNA Polymerase II transcription and control of gene expression through SUMO post-translational modifications are studied.
A. Saber M. Saleuddin
University Professor
Emeritus
Animal biology and physiology, cell biology. Hormonal control of reproduction, growth and osmoregulation using molluscan models. Freshwater snail and terrestrial snail.
Jan Sapp
Professor
History of the Biological Sciences. History of: genetics, molecular and cell biology, developmental and evolutionary biology, microbial phylogeny and molecular evolution, symbiosis, and ecology.
Vivian Saridakis
Associate Professor
Molecular Biology, Cell Biology
Michael Scheid
Associate Professor
Cancer biology, cell biology, molecular biology. Signal transduction pathways regulating growth, survival and metabolism of mammalian cells.
Keith Schneider
Associate Professor
cognitive neuroscience and psychophysics Attention and perception, architecture of the human visual system,
brain imaging acquisition and analysis techniques, phenomonology, consciousness
Anthony Scimè
Assistant Professor

 

Aging, Cell Biology, Diabetes,Metabolish, Molecular Biology, Muscle, Obesity  
Sapna Sharma
Assistant Professor
Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Community Ecology, Qantitative Ecology, Multivariate Statistics, Climate Change Predicting the effects of environmental stressors, such as climate change, invasive species and habitat alteration on ecosystems and improving the use of quatitative approaches used to generate these predictions.
Yi Sheng
Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Structural Biology Biochemical and structural characterization of proteins involved in ubiquitylation pathway
Joel S. Shore
Professor
Evolutionary biology, ecology and population biology, genetics, plant biology. Genetics and evolution of plant breeding systems.
K.W. Michael Siu
Professor and NSERC/MDS
SCIEX Chair
Proteomics and Mass Spectrometry. Identifying proteins and their functions using proteomics tools; developing novel proteomics techniques and methodologies.
Keith M. Somers
Adjunct Professor
Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Community and Population Ecology, Multivariate Biometry, Bioassessment, Crayfish, Benthos, Fish  Aquatic community ecology, specifically understanding, modelling, and predicting the response of aquatic communities to natural and anthropogenic environmental gradients.
Colin G.H. Steel
Professor
Animal biology and physiology. Endocrinology of growth and development using insects and crustaceans as model systems; physiology of circadian rhythms.
Jennifer Steeves
Associate Professor
 
Physiology and Cognitive Neuroscience Motion perception and oculomotor control in patients with a turned-eye (strabismus). Face and scene processing in neurologically-compromised and one-eyed individuals. Techniques include psychophysics, eye movement measurements and fMRI
Martin J. Steinbach
Distinguished Research
Professor

Not accepting graduate students.

Animal biology and physiology. Visual processing and oculomotor control in visually-disabled humans.
Bridget J. Stutchbury
Canada Research Chair
and Professor
Ecology and population biology, evolutionary biology, animal biology and physiology. Behaviour ecology, and conservation biology. Evolution of behaviour in birds.
Gary Sweeney
Professor
Medical Pharmacology, Cell Biology, Biotechnology.
Gregory W. Thiemann

Assistant Professor
Foraging Ecology, behavioural ecology, wildlife conservation Ecology of polar bears and other Arctic carnivores. Effects of climate change on food web dynamics.
Robert Tsushima
Associate Professor
Animal Physiology, Cell Biology, Ion Channels, Heart Disease, Diabetes Examine the basis of heart disease and diabetes.

   
Susan B. Watson
Adjunct Professor
   
Rodney A. Webb
Professor Emeritus
Animal biology and physiology. Neurobiology of helminths. Host-parasite relationship.
K. Andrew White
Canada Research Chair
and Professor
Molecular biology, biochemistry and virology. Molecular mechanisms of replication, transcription and translation of a plus-sense RNA plant virus.
Laurie Wilcox
Professor
Animal biology and physiology. Cortical mechanisms of stereoscopic vision in humans.
Derek Wilson
Associate Professor

Protein dynamics, function, aggregation (amyloidosis); Bioanalytical Mass Spectrometry, NMR We study biological macromolecules at the molecular and atomic levels, linking structural and dynamic features to misfunction and diseases such as Alzheimer's and Senile Systemic Amyloidosis. We also develop Mass Spectrometry and NMR-based analytical tools to study protein folding and dynamics on a
rapid timescale.
Hugh R. Wilson
Ontario Research
Development Challenge
Fund Professor of Biological
& Computational Vision
Visual psychophysics of form and motion perception, neural theory and modeling of visual system function. Our current work is focused on understanding the neural basis of higher level cortical form vision.
Dr. Thilo Womelsdorf
Assistant Professor
Cognitive Neuroscience, Attention,
Decision Making, Learning, Animal Physiology
Neuronal mechanisms of attentional control, Neuronal communication between brain cells and brain areas, Computational Neuroscience of higher cognitive functions and decision making, Reinforcement learning.
Stephen I. Wright
Adjunct Professor
Population genetics, Genome evolution, Plant genetics and Bioinformatics Plant evolutionary genomics, evolution of transposable elements, molecular population genetics.
Gillian Wu
Professor
Molecular Mechanisms of B cell and T cell Receptor Generation
Norman D. Yan
Professor
Aquatic Ecology, Limnology, Biological Invasions, Restoration Ecology Current work in our lab is focused on the impacts of climatic change and invading species on Ontario lakes, and on the regulation of recovery of aquatic communities from historical damage.
Muhammad N. Yousaf
Associate Professor
Surface Chemistry, Biomaterials Nanoscience, Biological Chemistry, Organic Synthesis Research program is Interdisciplinary in nature and currently focuses on 4 separate research programs based in chemistry that interface organic, bioanalytical, chemical biology and biomaterials research.
Amro Zayed
Assistant Professor
Population genetics, Genomics, Behavioural Genetics

Our work examines how genetic variation affects complex phenotypes such as behaviour, and how phenotypes evolve.

Georg Zoidl

Professor and Canada Research Chair for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience, Visual System, Synaptic Plasticity, Learning and Memory, Imaging, Transgenic Animals, Electrophysiology, Functional Genomics, Neurological Disorderts, Function(s) of electrical synapses in health and disease.