Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
Photo by: James Bradley
Research overview: Jenna is characterizing and mapping dark germinating mutants to identify downstream targets of SMAX1 in Arabidopsis thaliana.
Shelley Lumba, Assistant Professor
I specialized in molecular genetics during my undergraduate studies (2000) and applied these principles to study plant hormone signalling and development during my PhD at the University of Toronto (2006). I established high-throughput protein interaction methods in my post-doctoral work at the University of Toronto. I became an assistant professor in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology at The University of Toronto in September, 2016.
Research overview: Zhenhua is aiming to discover, and study the function of, the components in the strigolactone signaling pathway.
Research overview: Bruno is working on a project to understand the function of proteins involved with strigolactone signaling pathway in seed germination.
Research overview: James is investigating how the highly sensitive strigolactone receptors found in certain parasitic plants function, and how this functionality has evolved.
Michael Bunsick, PhD Candidate
Hayley McKay, MSc Candidate
Research overview: Hayley is researching the genetic pathways governing male and female flower development in the commercially important plant, Cannabis sativa.
Rachel McCullough, MSc Candidate
Undergraduate Students/Research Assistants
Flora Zhiqi Wang, 4th Year ROP
Research overview: Flora is identifying novel strigolactone receptors in arbuscular mycorrhizal (AM) fungi.
Jenna Hountalas, 4th Year ROP
Vanessa Ghorayeb, 4th Year ROP
Research overview: Vanessa is investigating the role of SMAX1 gene haplotypes on germination phenotype across global Arabidopsis thaliana accessions.
George Ly, 4th Year ROP
Research overview: George is conducting transcriptome-wide analysis of germination-related genes in Striga hermonthica.
Gianni Pescetto, Research Assistant
Research overview: Gianni is researching the phenotypic characterization of receptor properties involved in germination.