Welcome to the Department of Biology

Our Department is home to faculty and researchers with research interests in ecology, environmental biology, physiology, microbiology, cellular biology and molecular biology. Our scientific facilities include an aquatics facility, a field station in the Cypress Hills, the Environmental Quality Analysis Laboratory (EQAL), Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) and the recently-established Institute for Microbial Systems and Society. IECS provides world-class infrastructure and research expertise in environmental sciences via state-of-the-art microscopy, proteomics and genomics facilities. Additionally, we frequently collaborate with researchers at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Saskatchewan Disease Control Laboratory and several other scientific organizations in Southern Saskatchewan.

We offer high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate programs have strong hands-on components as many courses include laboratories developed and overseen by four full-time laboratory instructors. Junior and senior students also benefit from small classes (10 - 30 students). We have an active honours program, a co-op program and many opportunities for students to participate in research projects. Accessible, modern research facilities put our PhD and MSc students at the forefront in their fields. Our graduate students benefit from working in a close-knit, supportive environment that encourages innovative science.

Biology Department Seminar Series - Winter 2019

The Winter 2019 schedule is now posted.


Royal Saskatchewan Museum - Summer 2019 Employment Opportunity

Vertebrate Preparator summer job.

Postdoc Opportunity:  Environmental stress physiology in fish

Dr. Manzon’s research group at the University of Regina, Canada, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to study the long-term effects of stress in embryonic and early life stages in fish.  The ideal candidate will have a background in fish physiology or developmental biology and interest understanding in how cellular responses lead to changes at the whole organism or population levels. 

The successful applicant will examine the effects of industrial thermal pollution and changing environments on various aspects of physiology and development in Lake Whitefish.  Within this framework there will be ample opportunity to develop novel and independent research avenues and approach this problem from the cell to whole organism level using modern and traditional approaches.  The Manzon research lab is fully-equipped for molecular, biochemical, cellular, and physiological research.  In additional to all the necessary lab equipment, the Manzon lab includes exclusive use of a 3000 square foot fish lab, 7 fully equipped Loligo Swim Tunnels ranging from 1.5 to 185 L, and trucks and boats for field research.  Finally, the Department of Biology at University of Regina is home to the Institute for Environmental Society and Change which contains core facilities for genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics, confocal microscopy, stable isotopes and water quality analyses.

This research is part of a large project funded by NSERC, MITACS and an industry partner.  The project involves four Principal Investigators at three different institutions (Dr. C. Somers, U. Regina; Dr. J. Wilson, McMaster; Dr. D. Boreham, NSOM), several postdoctoral fellows, and many graduate and undergraduate students who meet annually and work very closely with each other and our industrial partner, Bruce Power.  Importantly there will ample opportunity for close interaction with a second post-doctoral fellow (population genomics) and research associate (molecular physiology) at the University of Regina also working on this project. 

This position is partly funded by MITACS as such it is only available to those who have completed their Ph.D. within the past five years.  

Additional information on the Manzon research group can be found at: https://www.uregina.ca/science/biology/people/faculty-research/manzon-richard/index.html or https://www.facebook.com/SaskFishPhysResearch/

Applications including a cover letter, CV, names and contact details of 3 academic references and unofficial transcripts should be sent to Dr. Richard Manzon at richard.manzon@uregina.ca.   Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The ideal start date will be early 2019 but is negotiable.



Best U of R Professor

Prairie Dog readers recently named Fidji Gendron as the Best U of R Professor for 2017.


Training Citizen Scientists

The Finlay Aquatic Science Lab completed a pilot project of a Citizen Science Lake Monitoring Program this summer. Volunteers collected water samples from prairie lakes in two provincial parks in Saskatchewan in order to monitor recreational water quality. Full story.


Biology at Science Rendezvous

Biology displays caught the eye of Leader Post reporter Ashley Martin at Science Rendezvous on Saturday. Read Ashely's article "Weird Science takes over the University of Regina.