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Cell and Systems Biology

The molecular biology revolution has given us the unprecedented ability to explore fundamental mechanisms that govern life. Research in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology seeks to understand the underlying molecular processes that control cell behaviour in a developmental and physiological context at all levels of biological organization. We strive to identify, characterize, and quantify interrelations and interactions among the components of a system by using a wide array of state-of-the-art molecular, genomic, proteomic, cell biological, imaging, physiological and computational tools and methods. Cell and Systems Biology research is one the most stimulating fields in science, requiring the integration of multiple subject areas, experimental skill and creative thinking. Our course offerings emphasize the interactions among components of biological systems and how these interactions lead to the coordinated function and integrated behaviour of that system. The Department offers laboratory courses in all years of study and provides independent research opportunities for students in their 2nd, 3rd and 4th years.



CSB Administered

  • Animal Physiology (major)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (specialist and major options)
  • Genome Biology (major) - see biology

 CSB Affiliated

  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (specialist) - see bioinformatics
  • Biology (specialist, major and minor options) - see biology


First-Year Courses

  • BIO 130H1 – Molecular and Cell Biology


Advice for First Year

Students who are interested in studying cell and systems biology must take BIO 120H1 – Adaptation and Biodiversity and BIO130H1 – Molecular and Cell Biology. All CSB programs also require first year chemistry (CHM 135H1 and 136H1), math (JMB 170Y1 or MAT 135H1 and 136H1) and/or physics (PHY131H1 and 132H1).


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