• Ontario Biology Day 2023 is coming to Brock University

    The Department of Biological Sciences of Brock University is pleased to welcome you to the 35th Ontario Biology Day. Located in the beautiful Niagara Region, we are looking forward to seeing you on March 25 and 26th, 2023.

    Ontario Biology Day represents a great opportunity for biology students soon completing their degrees to present their research projects to peers and faculty members. This event aims to showcase the capstone projects of the students in a friendly environment. It’s about sharing experiences, enthusiasm for research, discuss career choices with other, and opportunities to meet other students and potential supervisors for graduate studies.

    Details and registration can be accessed at this link

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  • Dr. Raineki Biological Sciences Seminar – April 22

    Join us April 22 at 12:00 pm EST for the Biological Sciences seminar titled:

    “Uncovering biological mechanisms for the developmental origins of health and disease: A translational approach”

    Featuring: Dr. Charlis Raineki, Brock University


    My laboratory’s primary research interest is to uncover biological mechanisms of neurobehavioral deficits induced by pre- and/or postnatal adverse experiences, with a special focus on understanding the increased vulnerability for psychopathology associated with these early insults. In this talk, I will discuss some of the ongoing and future work in my laboratory using animal models (rodent and nonhuman primate) and human cohorts.


    Having trouble with the link? Email for an invitation

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  • Dr. Mashoodh Biological Sciences Seminar – April 8

    Join us April 8 at 12:00 pm EST for the Biological Sciences seminar titled:

    “Epigenetics, inheritance and adaptation within the family environment”

    Featuring: Dr. Rahia Mashoodh, Cambridge University


    The role of epigenetics in mediating developmental plasticity both within and across generations provides a novel framework for understanding the inheritance of individual variations in phenotype and the role of the
    environment in inducing heritable modifications. In this talk, I will discuss evidence for maternal and paternal epigenetic influence on development and the pathways through which these influences may lead to transgenerational effects.


    Having trouble with the link? Email for an invitation

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  • Scientifically Yours two-day conference May 5th & 6th

    Registration opens Wednesday April 6th

    Scientifically Yours gives Grade 10 and 11 students the opportunity to come to campus and experience hands-on projects and mingle with professionals in the field.

    For more information please visit Scientifically Yours

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  • Dr. Mosca Biological Sciences Seminar – Feb 18

    Join us for the upcoming Biological Sciences seminar (February 18 2022) with Dr. Timothy Mosca (title: “Synapse maturation and neurodegeneration: two sides of the same incredibly complicated coin?”


    Dr. Timothy Mosca, Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Vickie & Jack
    Farber Institute for Neurosciences, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA




    February 18th, 2022 at 12h00-13h00 EST via Microsoft Teams


    The exquisite series of events that underlies synaptic
    organization in the brain requires a symphony of
    molecular players that coordinate to achieve multiple
    goals. Synapses must find their correct target, make initial
    connections, and then importantly, allow those
    connections to undergo maturation to become robust and
    reliable functioning adult synapses. Though considerable
    work has studied the mechanisms underlying synapse
    formation, we know far less about the events between
    formation and adult function, namely, synapse maturation.
    This represents the time in which protein cascades take a
    synapse from a nascent to a full-fledged connection. In
    the Mosca Lab, we study the molecular mechanisms of
    how synapses mature. In this seminar, I will discuss the novel molecular mechanisms involving
    receptor cleavage that we’ve discovered to promote synapse maturation and discuss how we
    think these mechanisms serve as a bridge between neurodevelopment and neurodegeneration.
    By studying and learning how maturation occurs, we can more deeply understand how
    neurodevelopmental, neuropsychiatric, and even neurodegenerative diseases go awry when the
    basic steps of synapse development fail to occur properly.

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  • Biology students among those honoured with President’s Surgite Awards

    Some of the brightest young minds at Brock University were recognized Tuesday for their displays of leadership and contributions to both the Brock and wider Niagara community.

    Ten Brock students were selected from across the University to receive the President’s Surgite Awards, which honour the hard work they’ve completed throughout their educational journey. Of those ten students, three were from the Department of Biological Sciences.

    The 2018-19 President’s Surgite Award winners include:

    • Fayyaz Rizvi (Biological Sciences)
    • Daislyn Vidal (Biological Sciences)
    • Taylor Lidster (Biological Sciences)

    Read more in The Brock News!

  • Biology students participate in the NSERC video competition

    Science, Action! features student-produced, 60-second videos on research projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), one of Brock’s major research funders. This year’s competition includes 75 entries from all over Canada, which include 7 entries from Brock University with the 3 entries below from our biology department.

    DNA, A Mobile Molecule

    Cell Talk

    On the fly

    Between now and Friday, March 2, the 25-most viewed videos will make it to the next round, where a panel of judges will then select the Top 15 for prizes.  Please help by viewing and by sharing their videos among your social circles.

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