Synthetic Biology

Like the interplay between basic science and engineering, the application of molecular biology to basic questions in biology is paralleled by the applied discipline of synthetic biology where biological systems are designed to solve problems. The Department of Biology has many faculty members who are committed to developing and applying synthetic biology tools to solve practical problems. 

Regular or Term Faculty

Synthetic Biology Regular or Term Faculty


Research Interest

Robert Cumming Brain Metabolism and Aging
Vava Grbic Arabidopsis Developmental Genetics/ Genomics of plant-pest interaction/ Biotechnology
Kathleen Hill Genome organization and integrity
Jim Karagiannis Eukaryotic Cell Division
Gregory Kelly Cell Signaling in Vertebrate Embryos
Susanne Kohalmi Gene Families and Regulation
Anthony Percival-Smith Molecular mechanisms of morphogenesis
Anne Simon Genetics of Social Behavior
David Smith Genome evolution and genetic diversity of microbial eukaryotes
Vera Tai Microbial Ecology and Bioinformatics

Adjunct, Emeritus or Cross-Appointed Faculty

Synthetic Biology Adjunct, Emeritus or Cross-Appointed Faculty


Research Interest

Ryan Austin
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Plant transcriptional regulation, bioinformatics, epigenetics
Sangeeta Dhaubhadel
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Gene expression and regulation, plant specialized metabolism, genomics and biotechnology, soybean and dry bean
Martin L. Duennwald
(Dept. Pathology and Laboratory Medicine)
Protein misfolding, neurodegenerative diseases, cellular protein quality control
Abdelali Hannoufa
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Molecular Plant Stress Physiology, Plant Biotechnology, Regulation of Gene Expression, Functional Genomics
Rima Menassa
(Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada)
Plant bioreactors for the production of veterinary vaccines and antibodies as alternatives to antibiotics

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