Cell & Systems Biology



Research Area

Research Description

Braeutigam, Katharina
Assistant Professor
Office: DV3035
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Systems Biology
My general research interest lies in the interaction between genome, epigenome, and phenotypic performance in plants with emphasis on persistent effects of past experience and molecular memory systems.
Cheng, Hai-Ying (Mary)
Office: DV3044
Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Psychology & Behavior
In the Cheng lab, we seek to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern circadian rhythms in mammals using our animal model of choice, the lab mouse. We are also interested in other aspects of cellular or brain function, including neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration, neurogenesis, mood regulation, cellular metabolism, protein trafficking, and transcriptional regulation.
Currie, Mark
Assistant Professor
 Office: DV3047
Epigenetics, Genome Biology, Gene regulation, Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Cell Biology
We seek to understand the mechanisms that govern genome organization, epigenetic gene regulation, and genome stability in health and disease. We combine structural biology, biochemistry, and cellular model systems.
Ensminger, Ingo
Associate Professor
Office: DV3050
Physiology, Plant Biology
Research in the Ensminger lab is focusing on the physiology of plants to understand the molecular, cellular and physiological mechanisms underlying adaptation and acclimation of plants to their environment.  not simply for scientific interest.
Erclik, Ted
Assistant Professor
Office: DV3046
Developmental Biology, Neurobiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics
Our lab's goal is to understand how complex neural circuits develop from an initial population of stem cells. As a model system, we use the Drosophila optic lobe, which is the visual processing center of the fruit fly brain.
Espie, George
Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Plant Biology, Structural Biology
We are interested in the understanding the structure and function of the cyanobacterial CO2 concentrating mechanism and how it affects photosynthetic activity and photoautotrophic growth under a variety of environmental stresses.
Lange, Angela
Office: DV3200G
Animal Biology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
I am an insect physiologist who studies how the nervous system and visceral tissues communicate and integrate information allowing for coordinated behaviours such as egg-laying, digestion, and circulatory function.
Levine, Joel
Professor  & Chair
Office: DV3030
Social Interaction Networks (SINs), Perception and Recognition of Others in the Group, Biological Clocks
We study social networks and how the social environment influences individual behaviour.
Liu, Baohua
Assistant Professor
 Office: DV3049
Systems Biology, Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
We are interested in the circuit mechanisms underlying the orchestration of the ocular motor behavior and visual information processing, which is essential for proper vision.
Ness, Rob
Assistant Professor
Genetics, Genomics & Molecular Evolution,
Theoretical & Computational Biology
The genetic variation required for evolution by natural selection is generated by mutation, which creates new variants, and recombination, which shuffles those variants into new combinations. In my lab we combine experimental evolution, computational biology, population genetics and genomics to uncover how the generation of variation at the molecular level interacts with genetic drift and natural selection to drive patterns of biological diversity.
Nguyen Ba, Alex N.
Assistant Professor
Evolutionary Biology, Genetics / Genomics, Systems Biology
Our lab studies quantitative genetics in precision medicine and evolution. We use high-throughput automation and high-resolution approaches to tackle the big questions in these fields by building on the latest advances in synthetic biology and computer science.
Orchard, Ian
 Office: DV3035
Animal Biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology, Proteomics
We examine the functioning of the nervous system, using insects as experimental models. We establish the mechanisms by which the nervous system communicates; examining hormonal, synaptic, and modulatory mechanism.
Phillips, Michael
Assistant Professor
Office: DV4003
Plant biochemistry,
Plant molecular biology,
Mass spectrometry,
Secondary metabolism.
My research focuses on plant terpenoid metabolism. We use molecular cell biology, isotopic labeling, and mass spectrometry to understand how primary and secondary terpene metabolism is controlled in model plants like Arabidopsis as well as plants which produce specialized, high-value terpenoid natural products.

Resulaj, Arbora

Assistant Professor

Neurobiology, Physiology, Systems Biology
The lab’s research is focused on understanding how neural circuits enable perception, memory, and decision-making. Using mice as a model system, Dr. Resulaj’s lab currently uses techniques and approaches such as electrophysiology, behaviour, and optogenetics to study short term memory, and its role in visual cognition.
Rhee, Ho-Sung
Assistant Professor
Office: DV3045
Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology
We study how a unique neuronal cell type is specified and maintained during mammalian development. To understand these processes, we use cutting-edge stem cell differentiation and genomics approaches in neural development and disease.
Senatore, Adriano
Assistant Professor
Office: DV3033
Animal Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Cell Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Functional Genomics, Neurobiology, Physiology, Proteomics
We seek to understand the function and dysfunction of several ion channels that play important roles in the nervous system, and further, how these and other electrogenic genes were adapted during nervous system evolution for complex cellular coordination and animal behavior.
Stewart, Bryan
Office: DV3266
Animal Biology, Cell Biology, Neurobiology, Physiology
Our research is aimed at understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern the function and development of neurons. We use a variety of genetic, molecular, biochemical, imaging and physiological techniques aimed at determining how neurons communicate with other cells.
Walters, Brandon
Assistant Professor
 Office: CCT4061
Neurobiology, RNA biology, Learning and Memory, Epitranscriptomics, Epigenetics, Obesity, Alzheimers Disease.
The role of epitranscriptomic modifications in learning and memory.
Westwood, J Timothy
Associate Professor
Office: DV3034
Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, Developmental Biology, Functional Genomics, Molecular Biology, Systems Biology
The Westwood lab primarily studies the regulation of gene transcription, using the Drosophila heat shock genes as a model system, as well as post-transcriptional gene regulation during early Drosophila embryogenesis.