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Research

Research conducted by faculty in the Department of Biology, and associated Adjunct faculty covers a wide spectrum of topics.  Broadly speaking, however, faculty in the Department of Biology can be grouped into four major research clusters, based on self-identified cross interest (See Research Network diagram). These clusters are loosely labeled as “Animal Physiology”, “Cell and Molecular Biology”, “Ecology and Evolution” and “Plant Stress Biology”, though there is significant inter-connectedness. An overarching theme is the exploration of how organisms respond and adapt to changing environments.

Animal Physiology

Research in animal physiology is focused on understanding how animals work at all levels of organisation, from molecules through mitochondria and cells, to whole organism function and performance. Our animal physiologists are world leaders in the study of thermal biology, exercise and migration. We focus on a range of organisms, from snails, insects and fish to birds and mammals, addressing questions related to environment and evolution.

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Cell Biology & Genetics

A variety of model systems including Schizosaccharomyces, Arabidopsis, Drosophila, Xenopus, zebrafish, mice and cell culture have provided faculty members, their graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the Cell Biology and Genetics research group, the unique opportunity to do cutting edge research in areas of basic biological and biomedical sciences.  These efforts have led to significant discoveries related to the cellular and molecular mechanisms controlling cytokinesis, early development, morphogenesis, cancer progression, aging, neurological disorders, and the evolution of genes and genomes.  In addition, our extensive collaborations with experts both within and outside the Western community has contributed to making the Cell Biology and Genetics research group an exciting and dynamic place to conduct highly innovative and interactive research.

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Ecology & Evolution

Our ecology and evolution group uses state-of-the-art laboratory, field and quantitative approaches to test hypotheses about adaptation, behaviour, conservation of biodiversity and responses to disturbance and environmental change. We do high-impact research at scales ranging from individuals to populations, communities and ecosystems, and integrate across disciplines to study a wide taxonomic diversity of organisms.

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Plant Stress Biology

Research in plant stress physiology is focused on understanding how plants respond to various biotic and abiotic stresses at the molecular, biochemical and physiological levels. The research conducted by our plant biologists is based on organisms ranging from phytoplankton to higher plants, at the cellular, metabolic, organismal, population and ecosystem levels, using state of the art analytical facilities, including the Biotron Facility for Experimental Climate Change Research.

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Research Network