Molecular Biology is a fundamental area of investigative research in Biology that employs new technologies and experimental approaches to examine fundamental processes in all living organisms. In the course of these investigations, we use wide variety of model organisms, including mice, guinea pigs, human tissue cell cultures, the nematode species Caenorhabditis elegans, the plant Arabidopsis thaliana, model bacteria and the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. The research is of immediate relevance to human health in many areas including cancer, inherited genetic diseases and disease resistance, DNA repair, and neurosystem development and function. We welcome strong applicants as undergraduate researchers, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.

Jonathon Stone
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Associate Professor, Director, Origins Institute
LSB 327
(905) 525-9140 ext. 26136

Astro-, Computational, Developmental, and Evolutionary biology (with smattering from Ecology and Physiology); Viruses to elephants, including human menopause and especially gastropods, echinoids, and water bears (oh my).

Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics; Cell and Developmental Biology; Ecology & Evolution; Genetics & Molecular Biology

  • Morton, R.A., Stone, J.R., Singh, R.S. 2013. Mate choice and the origin of menopause. PLoS Computational Biology. 9: e1003092.
  • Abou Chakra, M. and Stone, J.R. (2011) Holotestoid: a computational model for testing hypotheses about echinoid skeleton form and growth. J. Theor. Biol. 285: 113-125.
  • Abou Chakra, M. and Stone, J.R. (2011) Classifying echinoid skeleton models: testing ideas about growth and form. Paleobiology. 4: 686-695.
  • Mok, W., Seto, K. and Stone, J. (2007) Non-molecular-clock-like evolution following viral origins in Homo sapiens. Evol. Bioinform. Online. 3:263-266.
  • Stone, J.R.(2005) Probabilities for completely pectinate and symmetric cladograms. Cladistics. 19: 565-566.
  • Stone, J.R. and Hall, B.K. (2004) Latent homologues for the neural crest as an evolutionary novelty. Evol. Dev. 6: 123-129.
  • Stone, J.R.(2002) Mapping cladograms into morphospaces. Acta Zoologica. 84: 63-68.
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