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ABOUHEIF, Ehab
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N3/6, 514-398-7190
ehab.abouheif@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Evolutionary developmental biology: comparative and functional gene expression studies in ants and other insects are used to study the evolution of developmental regulatory genes and gene networks; the importance of ecological influences on development and evolution; and the relationship between molecular and morphological evolution.
   

BELL, Graham
Professor & Chairman

Stewart Biology Building, W6/18, 514-398-6458
graham.bell@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Experimental studies of adaptation using yeast, Chlamydomonas and bacteria as model systems. The rate and effect of mutations and the dynamics of selection. Genetic variation and species diversity in environments that vary in space and time, and the evolution of specialists and generalists. Field experiments using genetically well known model organisms.
   

BROUHARD, Gary J.
Associate Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm 267, 514-398-2984
gary [DOT] brouhard [AT] mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Cells adopt a range of shapes and can build an amazing variety of structures from proteins. We are interested in the biophysical mechanisms by which cells engineer these large-scale structures--in other words, the molecular basis of morphology. The subject of our current research is the microtubule cytoskeleton. We investigate the proteins that control the microtubule cytoskeleton, namely microtubule polymerases, motor proteins, and other microtubule-associated proteins. The lab uses the techniques of single-molecule biophysics, which shed light on the fundamental workings of these important enzymes.
   

BROWN, Gregory
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N5/11, 514-398-6426
gregory.brown@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Organization and expression of plant mitochondrial DNA; cytoplasmic male sterility in plants.
   

BUREAU, Thomas
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N4/1, 514-398-6472
thomas.bureau [AT] mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Molecular evolution of genes and genomes, with an emphasis on the involvement of mobile elements in the evolution of developmentally important genes. Determination of the transposition mechanisms of novel mobile elements, including MITEs (miniature inverted-repeat transposable elements). Development of genomics-based approaches to study genome evolution. Examination of the role of retroelement-mediated cellular gene transduction in the evolution of retroviruses.
   

CHAPMAN, Lauren
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N3/12A, 514-398-6431
lauren.chapman@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Aquatic ecology and conservation, evolutionary and ecological consequences of respiratory strategies in fishes, ecophysiology, ecomorphology, adaptive divergence, tropical inland waters, Africa. Recent work focuses on divergent selection across oxygen gradients in fishes, the interaction of hypoxia with other environmental stressors (e.g., introduced species). and value of tropical wetlands in the maintenance of fish faunal structure and diversity.
   

CRISTESCU, Melania
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N6/1, 514-398-1053
melania.cristescu@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Invasive species; genetic diversity and mutations of organism; aquatic ecosystems.
   

DANKORT, David
Associate Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm 264, 514-398-2307
david.dankort@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Cancer represents a failure of built-in protection mechanisms to quell rogue cells that have sustained oncogenic mutations. Paradoxically, many of the same mutated oncogenes that cause cancer also elicit a permanent growth arrest (senescence) or induce apoptotic cell death of primary cells: two such oncogenes are RAS and BRAF.  One research goal of my laboratory is to determine mechanistically how a tumour cell subverts these growth restraints leading to unbridled proliferation and ultimately malignancy. We will use the power of mammalian genetics in ‘state-of-the-art’ genetically engineered mouse model and cell culture systems to define causative roles for RAS and BRAF-cooperating genes involved in lung cancer and melanoma developments and progression.
   

DAVIES, Jonathan
Assistant Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W3/4, 514-398-8885
j.davies@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Phylogenetics & Biodiversity. Development and application of phylogenetic methods in ecology and conservation biology. Phylogenetics offers a powerful means to explore evolutionary mechanisms shaping ecological patterns and the distribution of species richness. A better understanding of the processes shaping biodiversity patterns will be critical if we wish to reduce current rates of biodiversity loss.
   

DENT, Joseph
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N4/7A, 514-398-3724
joseph.dent@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Molecular genetics of behaviour in C. elegans. Understanding the structure and function of ligand-gated chloride channels, how they are integrated into the synapse, and how they contribute to behavioural circuits. Evolution of channel subunit diversity. Developing new tools for the analysis of nervous systems.
   

DHINDSA, Rajinder
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N3/11B, 514-398-6423
raj.dhindsa@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Molecular stress biology of plants. Low temperature signal transduction, protein phosphorylation, calcium channels, cold-regulated gene expression and freezing tolerance. (*not accepting Grad students)
   

FAGOTTO, François
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W5/15, 514-398-6411
francois.fagotto@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Our group is interested in two related subjects. Firstly, the mechanisms regulating signal transduction by ß–catenin, focusing in particular on the role of subcellular localization and trafficking of the various components. Secondly, the integration of cell signaling and regulation of cell adhesion/cytoskeleton during morphogenetic movements, using gastrulating Xenopus embryos as a model system. One of our candidate “integrators” is ß–catenin, which has a dual function in signaling and cell-cell adhesion.
   

FUSSMANN, Gregor
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W6/4, 514-398-1370
gregor.fussmann@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Community ecology. Population and community dynamics; stability and complexity of food webs; the interplay of ecological and evolutionary dynamics; clonal structure of populations. Approach: both theoretical and empirical (laboratory and field experiments with aquatic organisms).
   

GONZALEZ, Andrew
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N3/2, 514-398-6444
andrew.gonzalez@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Community ecology through a blend of experiment (both in the lab and in the field) and theory. Two major themes: 1) The causes and consequences of extinction in fragmented landscapes, and 2) Diversity and persistence in variable environments.
   

GREGORY-EAVES, Irene
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W6/5, 514-398-6425
irene.gregory-eaves@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Aquatic ecology and paleoecology. The goal of my group’s research is to provide a long-term and large-scale context for understanding how human activities alter aquatic ecosystems. Recent and ongoing work largely falls into one of three thematic areas: 1) Quantifying past changes in fish populations and understanding how these dynamics affect freshwater ecosystems; 2) Advancing knowledge on eutrophication and shallow lake ecology; and, 3) Studying northern lakes as sentinels for climate change.
   

GUICHARD, Frédéric
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W3/3, 398-6464
frederic.guichard@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Theoretical ecology and complex system theory applied to intertidal ecosystems and to marine reserve design. Emergence of large scale patterns and dynamics from local interactions among individuals. Multidisciplinary approach involving mathematical modeling, field experiments and remote sensing.
   

HARRISON, Paul
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W3/15, 514-398-6420
paul.harrison@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Bioinformatics and computational biology. Genome evolution and annotation; analysis and annotation of pseudogenes and long RNAs, and their implications; protein folding, amyloidgenesis and the prion phenomenon.
   

HEKIMI, Siegfried
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W5/29, 514-398-6440
siegfried.hekimi@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Molecular genetics of aging. To understand the mechanisms that govern the life span of animals, we use the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as well as mice and human cells in culture to identify and characterize genes that affect physiological rates, including the rate of aging.
   

HENDRICKS, Michael
Assistant Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W5/11, 514-398-6581
Lab:W2/5
michael.hendricks@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Neural circuits and behaviour. Quantitative imaging of C. elegans behaviour and neural activity. Integration of sensory inputs and motor activity during navigation behaviours. Anatomical and functional studies of neural connectivity.
   

HENDRY, Andrew
Associate Professor

Redpath Museum, Rm 205, 514-398-4086 ext. 00880
andrew.hendry@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
The evolution of biological diversity: adaptive radiation, ecological speciation, "rapid" evolution, natural selection, and gene flow. Empirical systems include salmon, sticklebacks, and guppies. Methods include surveys of biological diversity, field and laboratory experiments, molecular genetics, quantitative genetics, and theoretical modeling.
   

KRAHE, Rüdiger
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W3/23A, 514-398-8065
rudiger.krahe@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Neuroethology. Information transmission in sensory systems. Behavioural, electrophysiological, computational, and neuroanatomical studies of electrosensory processing in weakly electric fish.
   

LASKO, Paul
Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm. 277, 514-398-6401/00341, paul.lasko@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
The vasa and Bicaudal-C genes and their functions in establishing polarity in the Drosophila oocyte. The role of RNA helicases in gene regulation. Translation initiation in Drosophila melanogaster.
   

LECHOWICZ, Martin
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W6/8A, 514-398-6456
martin.lechowicz@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Comparative ecology of temperate and boreal trees, functional ecology of tree growth. Roles of dispersal and adaptation in the assembly of forest understory communities. Impacts of glaze ice on the dynamics of forest tree and herb communities. Physiological ecology of plant fitness, interactions among traits determining plant growth and reproductive success in forest trees, ferns and sedges. Community outreach and forest conservation in settled landscapes.
   

LEFEBVRE, Louis
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W6/10, 514-398-6457
louis.lefebvre@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Animal behaviour, feeding strategies of flock-feeding birds, social learning.

   

LEUNG, Brian
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W6/14, 514-398-6460
brian.leung2@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Biological invasions, ecology of diseases, anthropogenic stressors. Addressing environmental issues through the synthesis of models (mathematical, computational, and statistical) with empirical data (literature, field or lab studies). Creating models for ecological forecasting, given uncertainty and sparse data. Developing decision theory, using risk analysis.
   

MOON, Nam-Sung
Associate Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm 266, 514-398-2982
nam.moon@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Molecular genetics of cancer genes in Drosophila melanogaster. Multiple genetic changes are responsible for the development of human cancer. Often, genes that are altered in cancers are evolutionarily conserved and their functions can be studied in a model organism such as the fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster). My research is focused on studying cancer related genes using Drosophila as a model organism. In particular, I am interested in understanding the in vivo function of RBF1, the Drosophila homologue of the RB (Retinoblastoma) gene, which is functionally inactivated in most types of cancer.
   

NILSON, Laura
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N5/8, 514-398-6448
laura.nilson@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Developmental genetics in Drosophila melanogaster. Identification and analysis of genes required in the somatic follicle cells of the ovary for patterning of the future embryo. Genetic and molecular analysis of organization and morphogenesis of the ovarian follicular epithelium.
   

POTVIN, Catherine
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W6/8, 514-398-3730
catherine.potvin@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Physiological ecology; global change; photosynthesis and productivity; experimental design and biostatistics; conservation biology; tropical ecology.
   

PRICE, Neil
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N6/12, 514-398-6468
neil.price@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Biological oceanography. Physiological ecology of nutrient acquisition in marine phytoplankton and bacteria. Trace element essentiality, toxicity and biogeochemical cycling. Resource limitation of plankton growth in natural waters.
   

READER, Simon
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W3/14A, 514-398-6421
simon{dot}reader[at]mcgill{dot}ca

Research Summary:
Causes and consequences of innovation and social learning in animals and humans.
   

REYES-LAMOTHE, Rodrigo
Assistant Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm 271, 514-398-5137
rodrigo.reyes@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Dynamics of replication; chromosome organization, segregation and cell division.
   

ROY, Richard
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W5/17, 514-398-6437
richard.roy@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
The normal development of an organism depends on the precise orchestration of cell division, differentiation and morphogenesis. Much is understood about how developmental regulatory genes affect cell differentiation, but little is understood about how they control cell proliferation throughout development. Using genetic analysis and molecular approaches in C. elegans, the Roy lab is engaged in the identification and characterization of both novel and previously known genes, which affect cell division throughout the course of postembryonic development in C. elegans
   

SAKATA, Jon
Assistant Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N4/8, Office: 514-398-3636, Lab: 514-398-7627, jon.sakata[AT]mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Many vertebrate species, including songbirds, use social information to guide behaviour and decision processes. My lab integrates neurophysiological, molecular, and behavioural approaches to reveal the mechanisms underlying the processing and use of social information in songbirds.
   

SCHOECK, Frieder
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W5/6, 514-398-6434
frieder.schoeck@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
We study cell-matrix adhesion and the actin cytoskeleton, in particular, how integrin-associated proteins regulate adhesion during muscle attachment and myofibril assembly in the fruit fly Drosophila. Our research will shed light on the regulation of integrin adhesion and its coordination with the actin cytoskeleton, and will lead to a better understanding of muscle disorders.
   

SCHOEN, Daniel
Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N3/8A, 514-398-6461
daniel.schoen@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Evolution, ecology, and population genetics of plants. Conservation genetics. Application of theory and molecular genetic data to studies in plant evolution.
   

VOGEL, Jacalyn
Associate Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm 269, 514-398-5880
jackie.vogel@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
The mitotic spindle plays an essential role in the transmission of genetic information during cell division in all eukaryotic cells. Our research focuses on spindle dynamics and cell cycle control mechanisms. We use budding yeast as a model for the detailed analysis of these evolutionarily conserved processes, using high-resolution microscopy, biochemistry, molecular genetics, and the analysis of relevant genetic networks and protein structure-function relationships using genomic and bioinformatics methods. Visit the Vogel Lab homepage for details of current graduate training opportunities. [Jackie's homepage - School of Computer Science website]
   

WATT, Alanna J.
Assistant Professor

Bellini Life Sciences Complex, Rm. 265 | Lab: 257, tel: 514-398-2806, alanna.watt@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
We are interested in the development of neuronal circuits, and the early patterned network activity that is thought to play a role in this process. Using electrophysiology combined with two-photon and confocal imaging, my lab studies how network activity and other early events play a role in sculpting the developing cerebellum.
   

WESTERN, Tamara
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N5/7, 514-398-2574
tamara.western@mcgill.ca

Administrative Contact Info:
Associate Dean (Academic), Faculty of Science
Dawson Hall, Room 304
853 Sherbrooke St. West
Montreal, QC, Canada H3A 2T6
Ph: 514 398 6983, Fax: 514 398 8102
http://www.mcgill.ca/science

Research Summary:
Cell differentiation in Arabidopsis. Fertilization triggers a complex series events in the differentiation of the mucilage secretory cells of the Arabidopsis seed coat. Using a combination of cell biology and molecular genetics, our lab is dissecting the genes and proteins involved in a sequence of biosynthesis, secretion and intracellular cytoplasmic remodelling.
   

WOOLLEY, Sarah
Assistant Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N4/8, Office: 514-398-2324, Lab: 514-398-7627, sarah.woolley[at] mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Neuroethology.Neural mechanisms underlying the production and perception of social communication behaviors in songbirds using electrophysiology, behavioral analysis, molecular biology and computational methods.
   

ZETKA, Monique
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, W5/28, 514-398-6445
monique.zetka@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
Proper chromosome morphogenesis is required for the faithful segregation of chromosomes during meiosis and can be readily studied in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans. The research goals of my laboratory are to investigate the function and regulation of meiotic chromosome organization using a combination of genetics, molecular biology, and high-resolution cytogenetics.
   

ZHENG, Hugo
Associate Professor

Stewart Biology Building, N5/10, 514-398-1328
hugo.zheng@mcgill.ca

Research Summary:
The overall goal of my research is to understand how plant intracellular membrane trafficking is regulated as cell morphology changes during plant development and in response to environmental stresses. We are using a GFP-based living cell imaging technology combined with genetic approaches to study how plant genes control these important processes. Another research we are interested is to use reverse genetic and chemical genomic approaches to study the molecular regulation and function of very-long-chain fatty acid (VLCFA) biosynthesis and secretion in the production of waxes, seed oils, and sphingolipids.  
   
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