Research Area: Animal biology

Todd Gillis

Work in the Gillis lab is focused on the vertebrate heart and the mechanisms that regulate it’s function and ability to remodel in response to a physiological stressor. Current projects include characterizing the capacity of the hagfish heart to work in anoxia (no oxygen), examining developmental plasticity in the alligator heart, and determining the influence of bitumen (crude oil) exposure on cardiac histology and function in salmonid fish.

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Jennifer Geddes-McAlister

We are interested in characterizing the mechanisms of pathogenesis, adaptation, and survival in fungal and bacterial microbes from a systems biology perspective through mass spectrometry-based quantitative proteomics. Specifically, research in the lab centres around the following areas:
1. Systems biology to elucidate microbial proteome dynamics and interactions;
2. Mechanistic characterization of pathogenic proteins; and
3. Mass spectrometry-based proteomics for drug discovery and repurposing.
Our long-term goals emphasize the utilization of mass spectrometry-based proteomics to fundamentally understand differential microbial adaptation and survival strategies and to integrate a novel systems biology platform for investigation of diverse biological systems.

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Ryan Norris

Research in our lab is centered on the conservation of wild animal populations. Most of our research is conducted on birds and butterflies but we have worked on a variety of threatened or endangered taxa. Our field-based research uses a variety of approaches, including observations, experiments, and long-term data. We often combine these approaches with new technologies to track the movements of individuals over a variety of spatial scales. Our lab works in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, where we seek to understand how protected areas can best contribute to conserving biodiversity across Canada.

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Kevin McCann

We employ theory, experiments and field work to explore nature's resiliency and look at how global changes alter the resilience and functioning of ecosystems. Our work is most often in aquatic ecosystems like streams, lakes and coastal oceans. We are highly collaborative and have worked globally on different ecosystems.

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Frederic Laberge

Work in the Laberge lab attempts to understand how variation in brain structure and size influences organismic function, and identify the factors that drive evolution and plasticity of the nervous system. Current projects on this topic study variation in structure and size of the brain in populations of fish and amphibians, the proximate mechanisms generating this variation, and the functional consequences of this variation. Additionally, the lab is involved in collaborative efforts aiming to develop novel indicators of ecological performance and chronic stress in wild fish

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