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    Welcome to Biology

    The Department of Biology at the University of Regina provides quality undergraduate teaching, graduate student training, and postdoctoral fellow mentorship. In addition to its modern facilities for advanced molecular and environmental research, the Department of Biology is home to several top scientists in ecological, environmental, and cellular and molecular biology.


    CFI grants for two Biology Department faculty members

    Assistant professor, Dr. Josef Buttigieg, has been awarded $79,808 by CFI for the Oxygen Stress Research Laboratory to study neurodegenerative diseases such as multiple sclerosis, stroke and spinal cord injury. That funding is being matched by the Saskatchewan Innovation and Science Fund.

    Assistant professor, Dr. Andrew Cameron, was awarded $75,501 by CFI to study the genetic mechanisms that control bacterial diseases. That funding is also being matched by the Saskatchewan Innovation and Science Fund.

    TerryRoss award

    BUGS Renames Scholarships

    At their recent annual scholarship fundraiser, the BUGS executive announced they are renaming their student scholarships the "Terry Ross Award for Excellence in Junior Biology” and the "Terry Ross Award for Excellence in Senior Biology”. BUGS awards these scholarships annually; see

    Recent Publications

    Cameron ADS, Kröger C, Quinn HJ, Scally IK, Daly AJ, Kary SC, and Dorman CJ. (2013) Transmission of an Oxygen Availability Signal at the Salmonella enterica Serovar Typhimurium fisPromoter. PLoS One 8: e84382. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0084382. PubMed 24358360.

    Ludlow K, Buttigieg J. Not so liberating after all: Multiple Sclerosis disease and treatments. Journal Health Science. 2013. Aug. 4: 105-108.

    Wu Y, Satkunendrarajah K, Teng Y, Chow DS, Buttigieg J, Fehlings MG. Delayed post-injury administration of riluzole is neuroprotective in preclinical rodent model of spinal cord injury. J Neurotrauma. 2013; 30(6):441-52. PMID23517137

    Salman S, Buttigieg J, Zhang M, Nurse CA. Chronic exposure of neonatal rat adrenomedullary chromaffin cells to opioids in vitro blunts both hypoxia and hypercapnia chemosensitivity. J Physiol. 2013 Jan 15;591(Pt 2):515-29. PMID: 23148319

    Vanderlinde EM, Hynes MF, Yost CK. Homoserine catabolism by Rhizobium leguminosarum bv. viciae 3841 requires a plasmid-borne gene cluster that also affects competitiveness for nodulation. Environ Microbiol. 2013 Jun 21. doi: 10.1111/1462-2920.12196. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 23859230.

    Boa TT, Rahube TO, Fremaux B, Levett PN, Yost CK. Prevalence of methicillin-resistant staphylococci species isolated from computer keyboards located in secondary and postsecondary schools. J Environ Health. 2013 Jan-Feb;75(6):50-8. PubMed PMID: 23397650.

    Tambalo DD, Boa T, Liljebjelke K, Yost CK. Evaluation of two quantitative PCR assays using Bacteroidales and mitochondrial DNA markers for tracking dog fecal contamination in waterbodies. J Microbiol Methods. 2012 Dec;91(3):459-67. doi: 10.1016/j.mimet.2012.09.029. Epub 2012 Oct 2. PubMed PMID: 23041493.

    Tetlock A, Yost CK, Stavrinides J, Manzon RG. Changes in the gut microbiome of the sea lamprey during metamorphosis. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Nov;78(21):7638-44. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01640-12. Epub 2012 Aug 24. PubMed PMID:22923392; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3485723.

    Beal, M.A., Glenn, T.C., Lance, S.L, Somers, C.M. Characterization of unstable microsatellites in mice: no evidence for germline mutation induction following gamma-radiation exposure. Environmental and Molecular Mutagenesis, 2012. 53:599-607.

    Fortney, A.N., Poulin, R.G., Martino, J.A., Parker, D.L., Somers, C.M. Proximity to Hibernacula and Road Type are Key Factors Influencing Potential Road Mortality of Snakes in Southwestern Saskatchewan. Canadian Field Naturalist, 2012. 126:194-203.

    Starks E., R.N. Cooper, P.R. Leavitt and B. Wissel (2013) Effects of drought and pluvial periods on fish and zooplankton communities in prairie lakes: deterministic vs. stochastic effects. Global Change Biol. DOI: 10.1111/gcb.12359.

    Hellmann C., B. Wissel and C. Winkelmann (2013) Omnivores as seasonally important predators in a stream food web. Freshw. Sci. 32: 548-562.

    Anas M.U.M., K.A. Scott and B. Wissel (2013) Suitability of absence vs. presence indicator species to characterize acid-stress gradients. Ecol. Indic. 30: 90-99.

    Bugaski A., M. Reudnik, J.L. Doucette, B. Wissel and Somers, C.M. (2013) The complexity of cormorants Phalacrocorax auritus: stable isotopes reveal multiple prey sources and frequent feeding site switching. Can. J Fish. Aquat. Sci. 0: 271-279.