News and Successes

Rare songbird makes migration pit stop at York’s Keele Campus

May 21, 2019

Biology Grad students, Malory Owen, Nargol Ghazian and Mario Zuliani, head to California to research desert ecosystems

April 30, 2019

Congratulations to Professor Richard Murray, a member of the biology graduate program, who was awarded the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award!

April 8, 2019

FGS Dean Thomas Loebel (left) presented the Faculty of Graduate Studies Teaching Award to Professor Richard Murray at a Faculty Council meeting on April 4

Congratulations to the 45th Annual Biology Symposium poster winners

April 8, 2019

1st place: Malory Owen
2nd place: Eleni Fegaras
3rd place: Theanuga Chandrapalan







Wood ash recycling program could help save Muskoka’s forests and lakes

April 1, 2019

Congratulations to Nadia Tsvetkov (PhD candidate, Zayed lab) who has been awarded the Atwal Siddoo Scholarship

March 21, 2019

Congratulations to Nadia Tsvetkov (PhD candidate, Zayed lab) who has been awarded the Atwal Siddoo Scholarship (valued at $2500), which is given to a graduate student at a Canadian University whose research focuses on the honey bee, Apis mellifera. Nadia’s research focuses on honey bee health and neonicotinoid insecticides. Currently, Nadia is exploring the genetic underpinnings of the natural variation found in neonicotinoid tolerance between individual honey bees.

More information on the Atwal Siddoo Scholarship is available here:





Research finds climate change contributes to rising mercury levels in fish

February 28, 2019

Left to right: Miranda Chen and Sapna Sharma





New research on ovarian cancer could mean improved patient outcomes known for improving survival

February 28, 2019





Biologists identify honeybee ‘clean’ genes known for improving survival

February 18, 2019
Photo by Damien TUPINIER on Unsplash




Graduate student, Jenna Braun, research on pollinator interactions leads to novel systematic review

February 13, 2019

Jenna Braun






Congratulations to Julia Gauberg (MSc 2017) and Prof. Scott Kelly on their recent publication in the Journal of Experimental Biology

January 30, 2019





2019 CSZ Major Awards Recipients - Dr. Carol Bucking

December 10, 2018





Biology Graduate Students Thesis Prize Recipients celebrated at the Scholars Reception

November 28, 2018





New role for protein could lead to novel treatments for cancer and vascular disease

October 29, 2018





Biologist finds hardy plant species could help
desert regrowth

October 12, 2018





Biology Graduate Students Win Thesis Prizes

September 26, 2018





York research presents novel evidence on development of preeclampsia

September 25, 2018





Biology Professor John McDermott receives funding to study gene expression in heart disease

August 30, 2018





New test finds memory of honeybee foragers better than nurse bees

July 16, 2018

photo of a bee collecting pollen on a flower





PhD student identifies 15 new species of stealthy cuckoo bees

May 8, 2018





Gut instinct: How fruit flies beat cold temperatures

April 4, 2018





Faculty of Science welcomes new postdocs to York Science Fellows program

March 2, 2018





Scientists uncover role of gene in programmed cell death

February 8, 2018





Popular class of drugs reverses potentially harmful genetic changes from heart disease

July 5, 2017

photo of professor John McDermott





Scientists find that exposure to neonics results in early death for honeybee workers and queens

June 30, 2017





Postdoctoral fellow leaves trail of success at York as he takes on new faculty position

June 20, 2017

photo of heath macmillan