Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology

The disciplines of cell, molecular, and developmental biology are closely intertwined as they each seek to understand how the basic building blocks of life work together to enable the proper functioning of cells, tissues, and entire organisms. Faculty members working in the Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology theme conduct research that ranges from studies on gene expression and interactions through to analyses of how cells communicate and form tissues to multicellular organization and developmental and age-related changes in whole organisms. Our researchers use a diverse range of organisms and state-of-the art cell and molecular genetic techniques and instruments to explore which genes are involved in growth, development, and disease conditions, how cells adapt to environmental and intrinsic forces, and how organisms form and evolve to adapt to their environment.

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Important Dates

December 11 – December 21: Fall Term Exam Period (includes tests and midterm exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

December 22 – January 1: Winter Holiday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Karen Dunmall PhD Oral Defense: “Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic Indicators of Change” — Tuesday, December 19 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Matthew Doering, PhD Proposal: “Adding spice to fungicides: Discovery of novel genes operating in specialised metabolite biosynthesis in Piper spp. (Piperaceae)” — Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Jared Field, MSc Defense: “Alternative splicing of Bnip3 modulates calcium signals to prevent mitochondrail-dependent cell death and regulate gene expression” — Wednesday, December 20 at 1 p.m., 201 BSB.