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Welcome to Biological Sciences

In pursuing a detailed knowledge of the natural world, biologists make important contributions to society, including effective management of natural resources, novel technologies and medical techniques, and new insights into social organization. Basic research is essential to this process, as the broad advancement of scientific knowledge is the foundation for truly novel insights.

The mission of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough is the advancement and dissemination of such knowledge, through original research and effective teaching at both graduate and undergraduate levels.

Chair: Professor Andrew Mason
Associate Chair Research & Graduate Studies: Professor Rene Harrison
Associate Chair Undergraduate Affairs & Technical Staff: Professor Shelley Brunt


New and Noteworthy

Swara Shah (Lovejoy Lab) received the Undergraduate Research Award

Devrim Coskun (Kronzucker Lab) received the Principal's Graduate Research Award

Nikki Alber has won the UTSC Graduate Student TA Teaching Award

Our internal awards for grad student publication of the year went to Matt Kolmann (Lovejoy Lab) for the EEB category, and Kewei Xu (Harrison Lab) for the CSB category.

Congratulations to all award recipients!

UTSC's Canadian Centre for World Hunger Research (CCWHR, headed by Herbert Kronzucker) has partnered with the Centre for Global Engineering (CGEN) and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health to launch a new joint ‘Public Health Diagnostics Initiative’ (PHDi) on health and nutrition, which has received a major funding award from the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering (at UT St. George).  As one of five projects in the initiative, the CCWHR will collaborate with engineers to develop a low-cost nanoparticle-based soil-fertility sensor for rice fields, to be deployed in developing nations.

Congratulations Herbert!

Our Chair, Andrew Mason, makes loud noise – as loud as the mating calls of the tree crickets!

Professor Andrew Mason’s recent paper, published in Biology Letters, was highlighted in the Washington Post, Science Daily, and UTSC news! Congratulations Andrew!

See the paper here.