Research Highlights

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The College of Biological Science is a globally-recognized academic faculty with a mission to expand our understanding of life, from DNA to cells to complex ecosystems.

Our researchers make important discoveries about health, nutrition, ecology, evolution, genetics, neuroscience, physiology, and more. Their innovative and exciting research is showcased in these research stories written by our graduate students in the SCRIBE (Students Communicating Research in Biology Education) program, who take an active role in translating and communicating research results for non-specialist audiences. 
For more information about research taking place in the college, or our graduate student science writing program, please contact the Associate Dean of Research's Office.

Current Stories

Date Image Article Title
October 12, 2018

Novel Potential Role for Vitamin D During Puberty



Past Stories

Date Image Article Title
September 26, 2018 An Ontario Vineyard Helping farmers avoid sour grapes: researchers develop test for hidden viruses in Ontario’s vineyards
September 12, 2018 Students in a Classroom CBS Turns a Scientific Eye to Improving Teaching and Learning
August 30, 2018 Picture of a Heart Researchers Get it “Right” in the Study of Heart Failure
August 22, 2018 Various types of food that contain solid and liquid fats Solid and Liquid Fat Get Digested Differently, Says Study
August 16, 2018 Stock image of herbal pills Herbal Medicine Fraud: Do You Know What’s in Your Pill?
August 8, 2018 Seniors Walking Reduced Skin Sensitivity in Older Adults May Contribute to Poor Balance
August 1, 2018 Plants such as Timothy Grass that “move” in the wind capture more pollen than stationary plants (photo by Sparkleice, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Plant Movement Important for Wind Pollination, Study Says
July 25, 2018 The bacterium Klebsiella pneumonia (photo by NIAID, CC BY 2.0) Study Paves Way to Better Identify and Treat Important Pathogen
July 18, 2018 preschoolers eating fruit Starting out Strong: Inspiring Lifelong Dietary Habits in Preschoolers
July 11, 2018 Opening and closing of the Bering Strait has impacted species’ evolution (image courtesy of Gretarsson, CC BY-SA 2.0) Tick Tock: Calibrating the “Molecular Clock” to Date a Species’ Evolutionary History
July 5, 2018 The bacterium Escherichia coli Understanding How Cellular Components Function as a Team
June 27, 2018 person walking and talking How to Multi-task with Ease: Train the Body and Mind as One
June 20, 2018 The amphibious fish Kryptolebias marmoratus (photo by P. Wright) Want to Know How to Survive Extreme Environments? Ask an Amphibious Fish
June 14, 2018 A closeup of a green leaf Revealing the Hidden Relationships Inside Plant Cell
June 7, 2018 Professor Coral Murrant (left) and graduate student Iain Lamb (photo by K. White) Regulating Blood Flow Takes Team Work
May 31, 2018 Picture of a Frog Not All Frogs are Created Equal When it Comes to Measuring Environmental Quality
May 24, 2018 brain neurons When Brain Regions Can’t Communicate, and How to Prevent It
May 17, 2018 Back of a women stretching her arms and back New Research Reveals How Our Body Responds to Muscle Fatigue
May 9, 2018 A women blowing a dandelion outside on a spring day Deciphering Mode of Bacterial Infections Could Help Cystic Fibrosis Patients Breathe Easier
May 1, 2018 Parmelia sulcata, a type of lichen found in Guelph city parks (photo by J. Opiola) Lichens: a Bellwether of Biodiversity in City Parks
April 18, 2018 Professor Stephen Seah and Stephanie Gilbert (photo by K. White) New Possible Drug Targets Emerge for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis
April 9, 2018 Professor Elizabeth Boulding (photo by K. White) Genetics Help Power Atlantic Salmon Restoration
March 28, 2018 PhD student Michal Pyc in the Phytotron (photo by K. White) Unlocking the Potential for Lipid Production in Plants
March 21, 2018 Sea Urchin You Can't Make a Sea Urchin Without Breaking Some Cells
March 16, 2018 purple carrots A Study in Purple: an Emerging Symbol for Healthy Food
March 8, 2018  (top) Pogrebnoj-Alexandroff CC BY-SA 3.0; (bottom) Todd Gillis] Common fluorescent label has unintended impact on health of zebrafish
Feb 23, 2018 Microscopic imaging of Shc proteins in a cell Study Discovers Unexpected Ability in Cell-trafficking Protein
Feb 7, 2018 image of human torso without skin depicting muscles Study Shows New Twist on Mind-muscle Connection
Jan 26, 2018 Computer visualization of proteins involved in myelin formation (image courtesy of G. Harauz) Gaining virtual insights into the molecular structure of the brain
Jan 10, 2018 male running on a grassy field Iron Deficiencies More Common in Elite Athletes than Previously Thought
Jan 10, 2018  Anna33 at English Wikipedia [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons) “Junk” DNA Predicts Body Size in Seed Shrimp