Dr. Gary Sweeney, Ph.D
Dr. Sweeney was the first York Faculty Member to involve me in his research as an Illustrator. His research focuses on the physiology and the molecular signalling pathways involved in Heart Disease, Diabetes, and Obesity. In particular, Dr. Sweeney studies the effects of adipokines, such as adiponectin, in pathology. To learn more about how his work contributes to an understanding of remodeling in heart failure see: http://www.yorku.ca/gsweeney/publications.html.
Jahng JW, Song E, Sweeney G. Crosstalk between the heart and peripheral organs in heart failure. Exp Mol Med. 2016.11;48:e217
Dr. Paul Boutros, Ph.D
Dr. Georg R Zoidl, Ph.D
(Canada Research Chair for Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience)
Dr. Zoidl studies the regulation of gap junctions conductance in neural synapses. However his work more broadly studies the synchronizing role of gap junctions in higher brain functions such as vision, plasticity, development and disease. To learn more about how his work contributes to the understanding of how communication works in the brain visit: http://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/chairholders-titulaires/profile-eng.aspx?profileId=2844.
Siu RC, Smirnova E, Brown CA, Zoidl C, Spray DC, Donaldson LW, Zoidl G. Structural and Functional Consequences of Connexin 36 (Cx36) Interaction with Calmodulin. Front Mol Neurosci. 2016 Nov 18;9:120. PubMed PMID: 27917108; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5114276.
Dr. Jean-Paul Paluzzi, Ph.D
Dr. Paluzzi studies the molecular physiology and neuroendocrinology of haematophagous arthropods involved in transmitted vector-borne diseases. In particular, Dr. Paluzzi studies the role of hormones in signaling pathways involved in development, reproduction, growth and osmotic/ionic balance. His research studies the fundamental biology of these organisms and lays the groundwork for future control strategies to reduce vector-borne diseases such as yellow fever, dengue fever, West Nile virus, and Lyme disease. To learn more, see: http://www.yorku.ca/paluzzi/
Dr. Andrew Donini, Ph.D
Dr. Donini studies ion transport in Midge and Mosquito larvae organs. In particular the specific adaptations for controlling hydromineral balance in the osmotic conditions of fresh and brackish water. As mosquitoes can act as vectors for various diseases such as West Nile, Zika, Malaria (anopheles) it is important to understand their distribution and the molecular and physiological mechanisms behind it. Through understanding osmoregulation in Midge and Mosquito larvae, specific target can be developed to target Midge and Mosquito populations. To learn more about his exciting findings see: http://adoninilab.com/publications/
Dr. Chun Peng, Ph.D
Dr. Peng studies the role of signaling molecules and the mechanisms behind female reproduction. Of particular interest is the TGF-beta family of growth and differentiation factors involved in the physiology and/or development of female reproductive endocrinology. Her current research looks at: the regulation of ovarian follicle development and oocyte maturation in zebra fish, the role of role of cyclin G2 and miRNA in epithelial ovarian cancer and the role of miRNA in the development of preeclampsia. To learn more, see: http://peng.lab.yorku.ca/publications-2
Xin Qi, Mohamed Salem, Wenyi Zhou, Miwa Sato Shimizu, Gang Ye, Johan Smitz, and Chun Peng. Neurokinin B exerts direct effects on the ovary to stimulate estradiol production. Endocrinology. 2016. 10.1210/en.2016-1354
Dr. Joel S. Shore, Ph.D
Dr.Shore studies the evolution of plant breeding systems. In particular Dr.Shore studies the genetics behind self-compatibility and incompatibility in Turnera subulata. See more at: http://www.yorku.ca/shore/