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Insects are found from the tops of the highest mountains to the most northerly and southerly pieces of land on earth. Our goal is to understand how insects survive and thrive at the low temperatures they encounter in those habitats, and how they will be affected by a changing climate.  We address these questions at  levels of organisation from molecular biology to macroevolution and everything in between.  Check out out the research page to learn more.

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Lab News...

September 2016 - Susan Anthony's Pseudoscorpion work hit the headlines again, this time on BBC Earth!

September 2016 - Congratulations to Jantina Toxopeus (Malcolm Ferguson Award) and Lauren Des Marteaux (Irene Uchida Award) for their success in the Department of Biology's Donor awards competition.

August 2016 - The Sinclair lab is looking for a postdoc with finely-honed skills in functional genomics to study cold tolerance and diapause in Asian Long-horned Beetle.  Click here for details. Application deadline is October 3 2016.

July 2016 - Congratulations to Jackie Lebenzon, who passed her MSc-to-PhD proposal assessment and is now a bona fide PhD student. We're happy to be stuck with you, Jackie!

July 2016 - Congratulations to Jantina Toxopeus, who is now a PhD candidate, after passing her comprehensive exam.

June 2016 - Our recent paper on Drosophila acclimation featuring an all-star cast of Sinclair lab alumni received quite a bit of media attention.  You can read the open access paper here, and catch up with various media reports here, here, and here.

June 2016 - Congratulations to Susan Anthony, who has advanced to candidacy after passing her PhD Comprehensive exam!  Now it's Greenland-ho for Susan.

May 2016 - Congratulations to Kurtis Turnbull, who won the Holeton Prize for the best student poster in Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry at the Canadian Society of Zoologists' annual meeting, here in London.  Kurtis and Jantina Toxopeus were also finalists in the society-wide Battle Prize for best poster (Jantina got an honorary mention).  Also at CSZ, Laura Ferguson and Lauren Des Marteaux were two of six finalists in the society-wide Hoar award for best student presentation, with Lauren a very close runner-up.

May 2016 - Congratulations to Susan Anthony, Jackie Lebenzon, and Kurtis Turnbull, all of whom landed NSERC scholarships! Without tooting the Sinclair lab horn too much, this is 100% of the new NSERC scholarships in Biology this year - way to go!

May 2016 - We are delighted to welcome Jantina Toxopeus back form her visit to Czech Republic and Laura Ferguson back from maternity leave!

March 2016 - Congratulations to Kurtis Turnbull, who passed his proposal assessment with flying colours.

February 2016 - Susan Anthony and Jackie Lebenzon featured their research (and Susan's dog) in 'Humans of Western'

December 2015 - Brent Sinclair was in the news, as CBC featured the Sinclair lab's work on insect freeze tolerance

December 2015 - Congratulations to Jantina Toxopeus, who has received an NSERC Michael Smith Foreign Study Supplement, and will be spending the first part of 2016 in Vlad Koštál's lab in the Czech Republic.

November 2015 - Congratulations to Jantina Toxopeus and Susan Anthony for passing their PhD proposal assessments with flying colours!

November 2015 - Congratulations to Lauren Des Marteaux, who won the President's Prize for best student presentation at the Entomological Society of Canada meeting in Montreal... even though she was erroneously placed in the Biocontrol section!

October 2015 - Welcome to Dr. Xinjian Xu, who joins us for a year from Fuzhou University in China.  Xinjian will be working on heat tolerance in Drosophila.

September 2015 - Welcome to Dr. Sirpa Kaunisto, joining us as a Marie Curie Postdoc from the University of Eastern Finland and to Kurtis Turnbull, a new MSc student joining us from Shelley Adamo's lab at Dalhousie.

August 2015 - Congratulations to Jantina Toxopeus (Ruth Horner Arnold Award) and Laura Ferguson (Malcolm Ferguson Award - presumably no relation!), who won some of Biology's annual Donor awards for graduate student research excellence.

July 2015 - Congratulations to Yanira, who did a fantastic job in her proposal assessment!

July 2015 - Congratulations to Alexander McKinnon for his successful MSc thesis defense!  Zander now heads back to the prairies where he'll attend medical school at the University of Manitoba.

June 2015 - Congratulations to Jackie Lebenzon, who passed her MSc proposal assessment with flying colours!

May 2015 - The Sinclair lab made a good showing at CSZ, with both Jantina Toxopeus and Jackie Lebenzon in the Battle award finals (for best student poster), Laura Ferguson having a strong presence as Student Councillor and lab alum Evelyn Boychuk winning the CSZ Public Awareness award, for her article on Monarchs in the Globe and Mail (you can read it here).

May 2015 - Welcome to Dariusz Małek, a PhD student joining us for a month from Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland.

April 2015 -  Congratulations to Susan Anthony, who received a substantial grant from the Northern Scientific Training Programme to support her forthcoming fieldwork in the Yukon.

April 2015 - They're tongue-in-cheek, but we'll take the awards we get.  Congratulations to the lab, who cleaned up at the Biology Grad Students BioBall awards... As well as being voted the lab that was "fun and produces the most data", Zander was "most likely to make you drink beer at the grad club" and "best villain", Laura was "most supportive" and gave the best Thursday Physiologicals talk (that's two in a row for Laura), and the "Cold Truths" review, by Brent, along with Hugh Henry, and Sinclair Lab alumna Caroline Williams was voted "best review in the past three years".

April 2015 - Congratulations to Jantina Toxopeus, who received a research grant from the Orthopterists' society to support one of her many side projects - this one on freeze tolerance in great grigs.

March 2015 - Brent has been involved with the Sustainable Canada Dialogues.  Over the past 10 months, we have put together a proposed path to transition Canada to a low carbon economy.  You can download the document here, and read an interview with Brent here.

February 2015 - The Sinclair Lab's work was featured by Business Insider.  Check out the article here.

January 2015 - Congratulations to Laura Ferguson, who won the best student presentation award in the Division of Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology meeting in West Palm Beach, Florida.

January 2015 - Welcome to our new MSc students, Yanira Jiminez Padilla and (making a welcome return) Jackie Lebenzon.

December 2014 - Congratulations to Lauren Des Marteaux, who passed her comprehensive exam (up against an all-star cast of entomologists and physiologists).  Well done!

December 2014 - Congratulations to Ruth Jakobs, who successfully defended her MSc thesis.  Ruth's been around for a long time, and it's amazing to think that that little undergrad intern is now ... a little MSc graduate! You can read her thesis here.

October 2014 - Congratulations to Sinclair Lab Alumni Katie Marshall and Heath MacMillan, who were among the nine finalists for the Scholander award at the American Physiological Society in San Diego.  Heath was Runner-up, well done!

October 2014 - Congratulations to Lauren Des Marteaux, who won the President's poster prize at the Entomological Society of Ontario Annual Meeting, and Alexander McKinnon, who was runner-up in the President's oral presentation awards at the same meeting.

September 2014 - Welcome to new PhD students Susan Anthony and Jantina Toxopeus, and to new honours student Mike Brown and new mini-thesis student Angelina Artemenko.  Farewell to Phuong Huynh, who is heading back to Vietnam after a MITACS Globalink internship.

August 2014 - Congratulations to PhD candidate Laura Ferguson who passed her comprehensive exam!

News archive...

Sinclair Lab, 30 November 2016: Back (l-r) Susan Anthony (PhD), Laura Ferguson (PhD), Maddie Doyle (class of 2035), Sirpa Kaunisto (postdoc), Raine Kortet (sabbatical visitor from Finland), Lauren Des Marteaux (PhD); Middle (l-r) Jackie Lebenzon (PhD), John Ciancio (MSc) Front (l-r) : Laura Forster (high school co-op student), Brent Sinclair (cat herder), Kitty McCatface (undervertebrate), Yanira Jimenez Padilla (MSc), Jantina Toxopeus (PhD).

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