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Cell and Systems Biology

Faculty List

Professors Emeriti 
F.M. Barrett, M Sc, Ph D 
D.G. Butler, M Sc, Ph D, D Sc, FRSA (ZOO) 
J.R. Coleman, B Sc, Ph D (U)
S.S. Desser, M Sc, Ph D (ZOO) 
W.G. Friend, B Sc, Ph D (W) (ZOO) 
M.C. Heath, B Sc, Ph D, FRSC (BOT) 
J.A. Hellebust, MA, Ph D (BOT) 
V.J. Higgins, MS, Ph D (BOT) 
E.W. Larsen, M Sc, Ph D 
R.A. Liversage, AM, Ph D (ZOO) 
Y. Masui, M Sc, Ph D, FRSC (ZOO) 
T.E. Reed, BA, Ph D (ZOO) 
P.A. Romans, M Sc, Ph D 
B.I. Roots, B Sc, Ph D, D Sc, FRSC (ZOO) 
J.J.B. Smith, MA, Ph D (N) 
I. Tallan, B Sc, Ph D (ZOO) 
S.S. Tobe, M SC, Ph D, FRSC (ZOO)
S.L. Varmuza, MS, Ph D
J.P. Williams, B Sc, Ph D (BOT) 
A.M. Zimmerman, MS, Ph D (ZOO) 

Professor and Chair of the Department 
V. Tropepe, B Sc, Ph D 

Professors and Associate Chairs 
D. Desveaux, M Sc, Ph D 
D.S. Guttman, B Sc, Ph D
T.J. Harris, B Sc, Ph D 

M.G. AbouHaidar, M Sc, Ph D 
T. Berleth, Diplom, Ph D 
L.T. Buck, B Sc, Ph D 
B. Chang, AB Ph D
D.R. Goring, M Sc, Ph D 
D.A. Lovejoy, B Sc, Ph D 
P. McCourt, B Sc, Ph D 
E. Nambara, M Sc, Ph D 
J. Peever, M Sc, Ph D 
N.J. Provart, M Sc, Ph D 
U. Tepass, M Sc, Ph D, FRSC  
R. Winklbauer, Dipl in Bio, Ph D 
M. Woodin, M Sc, Ph D 
K. Yoshioka, MS, Ph D 

Associate Professors 
A. Bruce, BA, Ph D 
D. Christendat, B Sc, Ph D 
D. Godt, Dipl in Bio, Ph D 
J. Mitchell, B Sc, Ph D 
A. Moses, BA, Ph D 
M.J. Ringuette, B Sc, Ph D 
R. Stephenson, B Sc, Ph D 

Assistant Professors 

J.A. Calarco, B Sc, Ph D
J. Currie, BS, Ph D
S. Lumba, B Sc, Ph D
S.V. Plotnikov, M Sc, Ph D 
A.L. Saltzman, B Sc, Ph D

Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
C. Garside, M Sc, PhD 
M. Neumann, M Sc, Ph D 


The study of life, biology, has been transformed in recent decades by powerful new ways of asking fundamental questions about how living organisms work. In particular, molecular approaches are revealing both the incredible complexity of organization at the cellular level, and the underlying principles drawn from chemistry, physics and information science that will eventually enable us to understand that complexity.

The Department of Cell and Systems Biology brings together biologists who study life at the level of molecules to functioning individual organisms. Our undergraduate programs reflect this diversity and research strength.  Since cells are the basic units of life, it is important to understand how molecular mechanisms control cells and how cells organize the developmental and physiological processes of whole organisms. These relationships encompass molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, genetics and physiology.  These relationships are also complex, requiring studies of dynamic molecular and cellular networks: systems biology.  One core component of systems biology is the integration of large datasets arising from the genomics revolution. Computer modeling and bioinformatics are integrated with biochemical and microscopy studies to understand genomes, transcriptomes, proteomes and metabolomes of the cell and organism.

The Department of Cell and Systems Biology offers two core programs: Animal Physiology (Major) and Cell & Molecular Biology (Major and Specialist).  Cell & Molecular Biology Major and Specialist students also have the option of pursuing one Disciplinary Focus in either Molecular Networks of the Cell, Stem Cells and Developmental Biology, or Plant Genomics and Biotechnology.

We also contribute to multi-Department programs (Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Biology, and Genome Biology).

Student Counseling and Enquiries:

Associate Chair (Undergraduate): Professor T. Harris (416-946-0873).

Contact the Undergraduate Office, Room 424 in the Ramsay Wright Laboratories (416-978-3477) and consult the departmental web site,