Current professors

M. Bidochka
Molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry of insect pathogenic fungi

P. Liang
Understanding the mechanisms of genetic diversity and their contribution to phenotype via bioinformatics and genomics approaches

A. Necakov
Understanding the signaling and trafficking machineries in cell communication using an optogenetic approach

A. Skandalis
Protein structure and function of enzymes involved in nucleic acid replication; molecular biology of aging

J. Stuart
Mitochondrial bioenergetics and cell physiology

F. F. Hunter
Behavioural ecology of haematophagous insects; molecular systematics; cytogenetics

M. H. Richards
Evolution of social behaviour in insects; population genetics and molecular systematics of insects

A. J. Mercier
Neurobiology; electrophysiology and synaptic plasticity

G. Spencer
Neurobiology; synaptic plasticity, mechanisms of learning and memory

L. Vasseur

Climate change, sustainable development, community-based ecosystem management and conservation ecology

G. Tattersall
Function and Mechanisms of Thermoregulatory Control

V. De Luca
Plant Biochemistry, natural products, metabolic engineering

C. Després
Plant Proteomics and Molecular Pathology

D. Inglis
Redox balance in wine yeast under hyperosmotic stress, yeast gene expression, yeast metabolism, icewine fermentation

G. Pickering
Wine science, sensory science, flavor chemistry, sensory perception, and wine chemistry

J. Willwerth
Grapevine cold hardiness physiology, Freeze injury mitigation, scion x rootstock evaluations and interactions, Soil-water-plant interactions; Impact of viticultural practices on fruit quality and wine quality.

L.A. MacNeil

Genetics and molecular biology, with a particular focus in the areas of epigenetics, gene expression, and noncoding RNA


We have the following two new faculty members joining us shortly and they are looking for graduate students. Potential graduate students are encouraged to contact them directly via email.

1) Dr. Ian Patterson, starting in April, 2021 with research in virology to determine how insect viruses are maintained in mosquito populations and how they affect arbovirus transmission, email: ian.patterson at

2) Dr. Kiyoko Gotanda, starting at Brock in August 2021, with a research program focused at the intersection of ecology, evolution, and animal behaviour. Email: kg419 at; web: