Congratulations Chris Lowden!

25 Apr 2017 - 4:57pm
a brown mouse

Masters student Chris Lowden (Cheng Lab) has been awarded a one year NSERC Canada Graduate Scholarship! 

The Canada Graduate Scholarship program for Masters Students is designed to help develop research skills and assist in the training of highly qualified personnel by supporting students who demonstrate a high standard of achievement in undergraduate and early graduate studies.

Chris’s research project is the role of G protein-coupled receptor kinase 5 (GRK5) in adult hippocampal neurogenesis.

Congratulations Rosemary Martin!

25 Apr 2017 - 4:54pm
Rosemary Martin

PhD student Rosemary Martin (McCauley Lab) has been awarded the Morris Wayman prize from Massey College. The prize is given "in recognition of outstanding efforts to better build understanding of her field of interest at Massey College."

A gene for adapting to changing seasons? U of T researchers have identified it

19 Apr 2017 - 4:31pm

University of Toronto researchers have identified a gene that determines whether the body will adapt to changing seasons.

The gene, a micro-RNA called miR-132/212, is part of a mechanism in the brain’s central timekeeping system, known as the circadian clock, located in the suprachiasmatic nucleus. This gene has also been previously implicated in mood disorders including depression.

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Biology Graduate Student Publication Featured on the cover of Cell Reports!

19 Apr 2017 - 4:13pm
Cell Reports cover

Lucia Mendoza-Viveros' (PhD, Cheng Lab) article on the role of miRNAs in seasonal adaptation of the circadian clocks was recently published in the science journal Cell Reports. This is an amazing accomplishment. However in addition to being published, Lucia’s article made the cover of the journal for April 17, 2017! 

Congratulations Lucia and the Cheng Lab!

You can find the article at the following link:

Zara Ahmed receives Undergraduate Research Grant

18 Apr 2017 - 3:19pm
Zara Ahmed

The UTM Office of the Dean awarded an Undergraduate Research Grant to Zara Ahmed. Zara is an undergrad working in the McCauley lab. The award is given to support summer research projects.

Zara’s project will be looking at the phenomenon of kin selection in dragonfly larvae Leucorrhinia intacta, more commonly known as the dot-tailed whiteface. To test this, she will compare the rate of cannibalism within pairs of dragonflies and I want to see whether siblings can differentiate between non-siblings.