Division of Anatomy / Arts & Science: Undergraduate Courses

The Division of Anatomy Offers the following undergraduate courses as part of the Life Sciences Program in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. For information about and/or enrolment in any of these courses, please contact:

Undergraduate Administrative Officer
Room 1156, Medical Sciences Building 
University of Toronto 
Tel: 416 978-2690
Fax: 416 978-3844 
Email: anatomy.teaching@utoronto.ca


JHA410H1  Clinical Neuroimaging
Instructor:  Colleen Dockstader, Human Biology Program, Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream

This course focuses onthe use of neuroimaging techniques in understanding how trauma, disorders, anddisease impact neural structure and function. Lectures will focus on local andlong-range neural impact of pathology and neuroimaging assessment. Lab workwill focus on practical skills including image processing, analyses, andexperimental design.

ANA 300Y Human Anatomy and Histology 
Instructor: Dr. D. Ballyk 

Structure of the human body and its relationship to function. Basic Human Histology, Gross Anatomy, and Neuroanatomy. 
Prerequisite: BIOL130H 

ANA 301H Human Embryology 
Instructor: Dr. Danielle Bentley

Human embryology from fertilization to the end of the fetal period. Current concepts in mammalian morphogenesis applied to the development of the various organ systems; etiologies and pathogenesis of some of the more common human congenital abnormalities. 
Prerequisite: BIOL130H

HMB 320 Neuroanatomy 
Instructor: Dr. C. M. Morshead 

This introductory course addresses the structure of the vertebrate central nervous system with emphasis on functional human neuroanatomy. It consists of 2 hours of lectures and 2 hours of tutorial time per week for 13 weeks. The course is offered in the winter term and is a required course in the undergraduate Neuroscience Specialist program. 

ANA400H1 Anatomy Dissection 
Instructor:  Dr. Danielle Bentley 

A focused series of anatomical dissections will be made and the surgical implications of the findings will be the subject of seminars.  Attitudes to dissection of the human body, complications of surgery and other relevant issues will be discussed.

Prerequisite: ANA300Y1 or permission of the Division of Anatomy.  A minimum B+ standing in ANA300Y1 will be required.

How to Apply:  Applicants should send the following documents to anatomy@utoronto.ca by August 15.

1.  Statement of interest (200 words or less);

2.  Copy of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable); and

3.  Short resume.

All successful candidates will be informed of their acceptance into the course by email.

Once acceptance has been offered, students must complete the ANA400 ballot form which will be sent to you.  The signed and completed form must be submitted to anatomy.teaching@utoronto.ca or dropped off in Room 1156 of the Medical Sciences Building.  The Division of Anatomy will register successful applicants in ROSI upon receipt of the completed ballot and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have been registered in the course.

ANA 411 - Anatomy in Application:  Exercise and Biomechanics
Instructor:  Dr. Judi Laprade

This course will covermusculoskeletal anatomy topics with an emphasis on applying biomechanicalprinciples and research evidence to explain or clarify exercise principles andchallenge common exercise practices and myths.  Learning opportunities throughdetailed lab review of anatomical specimens and models will follow a seminarfeaturing topics with applied biomechanical underpinning or a research-informedexercise topic.  Students will build upon these learning components toprovide a presentation using current literature combined with known anatomicaland biomechanical principles to resolve a controversial topic or substantiate acurrent exercise practice. 

Prerequisite:  ANA300Y1 or ANA126 (or equivalent full year, full gross anatomy course).  A minimum B+ standing in this prerequisite is required.

How to apply:  Applicants should send the following documents to anatomy.teaching@utoronto.ca by August 31, 2018.

1.  Statement of interest (200 words or less);

2.  Copy of transcripts (unofficial is acceptable); and

3.  Short resume.

All successful candidates will be informed of their acceptance into the course by email.

Once acceptance has been offered, students must complete the ANA411 ballot form which will be sent to you.  The signed and completed form must be submitted to anatomy.teaching@utoronto.ca or dropped off in Room 1156 of the Medical Sciences Building.  

The Division of Anatomy will register successful applicants in ACORN upon receipt of the completed ballot and it is your responsibility to ensure that you have been registered in the course.

ANA 498Y Project in Anatomy 


Instructor: Dr H. Sun

A research project in Histology, Cellular or Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Neuroanatomy or Gross Anatomy. 

Prerequisite: Permission of a professor to supervise the project.


Participating Labs

Dr. Anne Agur - anne.agur@utoronto.ca

Current research involves the development of a 3D system for static and dynamic modelling of human skeletal muscle. My interest is in the functional consequences of structural changes to skeletal muscle (e.g. due to neuromuscular diseases and injuries). http://www.musculoskeletalanatomy.org/anneagur/index.html

Dr. Ayman Al Habeeb – ayman.alhabeeb@uhn.on.ca

Examining the role of Merkel cell Polyomavirus (MCPyV) large T antigen in Merkel cell carcinoma.

Dr. Upton Allen – upton.allen@sickkids.ca

Research is focused on infections in transplant patients. Among these infections, the primary focus is on herpes group viral infections, notably Epstein-Barr Virus-related post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD).


Dr. Ana Andreazza – ana.andreazza@utoronto.ca

Role of redox pathways in the pathophysiology of mood disorders.



Dr. Darius Bagli – darius.bagli@sickkids.ca

Our lab group is currently focused on the epigenetics of benign (or not) urological disease. This interest grew out of long standing interest in cell-matrix interactions and mechanotransduction that underlie obstructive bladder disease. This pathology incites uncontrolled smooth muscle overgrowth and matrix deposition in the organ. The persistence of the disease despite relieving obstruction has led us to consider that an epigenetic mechanism may participating in a response to the altered matrix environment. This has led to additional projects in the epigenetics of bacterial-host interaction as well as environmental hormonal disruptors and genital mal development, two additional major problems for urological health and disease in humans.



Dr. Denise Belsham – d.belsham@utoronto.ca

Research program is divided into two main themes:  1.  Control of GnRH neuronal function by steroid hormones and afferent neuronal input (CIHR), and 2.  Central and peripheral signals controlling neuronal cell types expressing neuropeptides linked to the regulation of energy homeostatis (CIHR).



Dr. Reina Bendayan – r.bendayan@utoronto.ca

Research interest in the pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamic and therapeutic or toxic significance of drug transport processes across cell membranes.



Dr. Susanne Benseler – susanne.benseler@sickkids.ca 

Exploring how to rapidly recognize and control inflammation in the blood vessels and surrounding tissue in the brains of children.  This disease is called central nervous system (CNS) vasculitis.  Previously healthy children present to our hospital with a wide range of serious symptoms, such as seizures or strokes.  We then realized that the underlying cause of these symptoms is inflammation of the brain vessels.



Dr. Rod Bremner – rbremner@uhnres.utoronto.ca

The focus is cancer research.  First, we study the role of the retinoblastoma protein (Rb) in neurogenesis and the childhood eye cancer retinoblastoma.  Rb is a tumor suppressor that is rat of a pathway defective in most, if not all, human cancers. 



Dr. Patricia Brubaker – p.brubaker@utoronto.ca

Research focuses on health outcomes and quality of care related to diabetes. Specific interests include: 1) how neighbourhood characteristics (e.g. community design, the food environment) contribute to the prevalence of obesity and diabetes; 2) gender, socioeconomic, and regional differences in diabetes outcomes; 3) health care strategies to improve the quality of diabetes care and 4) the application of geographic analytic tools to health care planning. Much of this work is done using linkage of large secondary databases including provincial administrative health care data, population-based surveys and census, retail and other environmental data sources. Students and research fellows use epidemiological and health services research methods to study diabetes and its outcomes at a population-level.



Dr. Mac Burnham – mac.burnham@utoronto.ca

At present, we do not know why seizures occur, how they affect the brain, or how anticonvulsant drugs suppress them.  Current projects include:  1) a study of how seizures enhance neurogenesis, gliosis and cell death;  2) a molecular biology study of the long-term effects of seizures on gene expression;  3) a study of the anticonvulsant effects of progesterone-like compounds;  4) a study of the behavioral effects of seizures;  and 5) a study of the mechanism of action of the ketogenic diet.



Dr. Peter Carlen - carlen@uhnresearch.ca

Mechanisms of neural synchrony and entrainment (epilepsy), and neurodegenerative processes. https://www.uhnresearch.ca/researcher/peter-l-carlen


Dr. Ronald Cohn – ronald.cohn@sickkids.ca

Research focuses on the biology of muscle regeneration as it relates to various inherited and acquired myopathic states with a particular interest in muscular dystrophies.



Dr. Brian Cox – b.cox@utoronto.ca

Research Interests: Systems biology; Bioinformatics; Gene regulation; Lineage specification, commitment and development; Trophoblast; Placenta; Preeclampsia.



Dr. Sean Egan – segan@sickkids.ca

The Egan lab uses animal models to study development of the mammary gland and lung as well as cancer in both tissues.



Dr. James Eubanks – jeubanks@uhnresearch.ca

Research interests in epigenetic factors and their role in regulating normal brain development and function.



Dr. Darcy Fehlings – dfehlings@hollandbloorview.ca

Research interests: childhood disability, children with cerebral palsy, children's health, clinical effectiveness, health services evaluation, health services outcomes, hypertonia management, systematic reviews.



Dr. Michael Fehlings – Michael.fehlings@uhn.on.ca  

Neurotrauma research using molecular, neuroanatomical and electrophysiological approaches;  spinal cord repair and regeneration using stem cells and tissue engineering techniques.



Dr. Zhong-Ping Feng – zp.feng@utoronto.ca

Research Interests: Synapse formation, synaptic physiology, voltage-dependent calcium channels, ion channels, calcium binding protein, rhythm generation and regulation, neurodevelopmental and neurogenerative disorders.



Dr. Adria Giacca – adria.giacca@utoronto.ca

The primary theme of the research is the investigation of the effects of excess circulating energy substrates, in particular free fatty acids, on insulin action, secretion and kinetics, and the implication of these effects for the pathogenesis of diabetes.  Secondary themes of research are the studies of the effects of nutrient and insulin excess on:  i) the proliferation of normal and tumorous colonic epithelial cells;  ii) atherosclerosis and restenosis in animal models.



Dr. Michael Glogauer – michael.glogauer@utoronto.ca 

My overall research program focuses on oral innate immunity, development of non-invasive diagnostic tools and oral health in special need patient populations.



Dr. Rita Kandel – rkandel@mtsinai.on.ca

The regeneration of musculoskeletal (bone and soft) tissue is second research focus.  Specifically, the lab is attempting to build new tissues to replace human joints that are damaged in injury or disease.  This means that a join will no longer be replaced with a plastic or metal replica, but with one built from a patient’s own tissue and cells.



Dr. Junchul Kim -  junchulkim@gmail.com

Research interest is in understanding how the brain is wired for processing information from the environment to generate approach-avoidance behaviours, with a particular focus on neuronal circuits that modulate behaviours associated with anxiety and schizophrenia.



Dr. Paulo Koeberlepaulo.koeberle@utoronto.ca

The focus of our research is the development of new ways to promote neuronal survival and regeneration in the injured central nervous system (CNS). We use the visual system to model traumatic and ischemic injury in the CNS as the retina is particularly well suited to study these processes. Our lab is also interested in the use of stem cells to replace injured retinal neurons.



Dr. Madeline Li – madeline.li@uhn.ca

A multi-disciplinary research in the areas of psychoneuroimmunology, genetics and psychosocial oncology and a research program exploring the biological contributions to psychological distress in cancer patients.



Dr. Marius Locke – marius.locke@utoronto.ca  

The cellular response to muscle damage, including the regulation, expression and protection of stress/heat shock proteins/damage associated molecular patterns in striated muscle.



Dr. R.Loch Macdonald – macdonaldlo@smh.ca

Research interests are in the field of aneurismal subarachnoid hemorrhage and cerebral vasospasm.



Dr. Robin Marjoribanks – marj@physics.utoronto.ca

Interested in a range of topics involving the relation of very intense light and matter.



Dr. Cindi Morshead - cindi.morshead@utoronto.ca  

My lab works on adult neural stem cells from the mammalian central nervous system. Our research focuses on the fundamental characterization using a variety of techniques including live-cell imaging. We are using in vivo models of stroke and spinal cord injury to examine their role in regeneration. As well, we are interested in the extrinsic and intrinsic factors that regulate stem cells and their progeny in vivo and vitro.



Dr. Beverley Orser – beverley.orser@utronto.ca

Neuroscience, mechanisms of anesthetic, GABAA receptor physiology. The main focus of the Orser Lab is to understand the molecular mechanism of general anesthesia, repurpose general anesthetics for novel treatment of neurological disorders, and to the study the role of GABAA receptor in health and disease.  Their studies also offer insights into the neuronal substrates that underlie pain, memory and consciousness.



Dr. Hee-Won Park - heewon.park@utoronto.ca

My laboratory studies the structural aspects of intracellular protein and membrane trafficking pathways. Functional vesicular trafficking is central to normal cellular physiology. Ras-like proteins from rat brains (RABs) and ADP ribosylation factors (ARFs) are regulators of trafficking of proteins and membranes by acting as docking sites for an assembly of effecter molecules. 

http://www.sgc.utoronto.ca/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=CellsignalingAndMetabolism.Home Page


Dr. Kara Patterson – kara.patterson@utoronto.ca

Research interests include: 1) neural control of gait and how it is affected post stroke; 2) the process of motor re-learning after post stroke and its relationship to rehabilitation; and 3) measurement and neurorehabilitation of gait.



Dr. Gerald Prud’homme proudhommeg@smh.ca

My main research interests are in the areas of autoimmune diseases, tumour immunotherapy and gene therapy. My laboratory has developed a method of non-viral gene transfer that can be utilized for intra-muscular transfer of genes or DNA vaccination. We are currently studying the role of neuropilins in TGF-beta activation, immune regulation and cancer biology. In addition, we are investigating the aryl hydrocarbon receptor as a drug target for the therapy of breast cancer, the inhibition of cancer stem cells, and the prevention of metastatic disease.



Dr. Amy Ramsey a.ramsey@utoronto.ca

Interested in studying schizophrenia using genetic mouse models of the disease with altered levels of neurotransmitter receptors and regulatory proteins. These models are studied at the molecular level, examining changes in gene expression and protein biology, and at the whole animal level, examining changes in behavioral pharmacology.



Dr. Chaim Roifman – chaim.roifman@sickkids.ca

The focus of research in my laboratory includes the identification and functional characterization of novel signal transduction pathways in normal lymphoid tissues and their role in immunodeficiency and leukemia/lymphoma.



Dr Marjan Rouzbahman - marjan.rouzbahman@uhn.ca

Neoplasms of female genital tract



Dr. Ian Scott – ian.scott@sickkids.ca

The Scott lab uses the zebrafish model organism to study vertebrate embryonic heart development.



Dr Markus Selzner – markus.selzner@uhn.ca

Research interests: Normothermic ex vivo perfusion, Preservation injury, Liver transplantation, Kidney transplantation, Mechanisms of ischemia-reperfusion injury to the liver.



Dr. Philip Sherman - philip.sherman@sickkids.ca

Research interest: gastrointestinal epithelial cell responses to bacterial pathogens and their products. http://www.sickkids.ca/AboutSickKids/Directory/People/S/Philip-Sherman.html


Dr. Earl Silverman - earl.silverman@sickkids.ca

Research interest: paediatric systemic lupus erythematosus, neonatal lupus erythematosus and therapies in paediatric rheumatic diseases.



Dr. Hong-Shuo Sun - hss.sun@utoronto.ca 

Research interest: role of ion channels in neuroprotection against cerebral ischemia and stroke, and identifying potential therapeutic targets for stroke.



Dr. Derek Van Der Kooy - derek.van.der.kooy@utoronto.ca

Research interest: Pattern formation in the developing mammalian brain. Localization of brain sites mediating the euphoria induced by psychoactive drugs. Learning and memory in simple organisms.



Dr. Aaron Wheeler – aaron.wheeler@utoronto.ca

An interdisciplinary research group at the University of Toronto developing lab-on-a-chip techniques for applications in chemistry, biology, and medicine



Dr. Rae Yeung – rae.yeung@sickkids.ca - The Yeung Lab's research program is to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms governing autoimmunity in working towards the discovery of molecular tools for Kawasaki disease (KD) and Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)



Dr. Yeni Yucel – yucely@smh.ca

Major research interests relate to retina and optic nerve as a model to study neurodegenerative diseases such as glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, Alzheimer disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.



Dr. Eldad Zacksenhaus - eldad.zacksenhaus@utoronto.ca

The lab is using mouse models, cell and molecular biology to study breast cancer progression and tumor initiating cells, the role of the retinoblastoma tumor suppressor, pRb, in mammary gland development, breast cancer and skeletal myogenesis and the effect of pRb phosphorylation in vivo. 


NOTE: This is not an exhaustive list of labs willing to work with students on a research project.

Please feel free to contact other labs you might be interested in working with.

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