The Sinclair Lab at UWO
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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.
November 2013 - Congratulations to lab alumna Stephi Sobek-Swant, who has been appointed Executive Director of the RARE charitable research reserve!
November 2013 - Congratulations to Laura Ferguson, who passed her PhD proposal with flying colours!
October 2013 - Congratulations to recent graduates: Katie Marshall was awarded the John W. Arnold Fellowship for the best Western PhD thesis in Zoology, and Heath MacMillan was awarded the J.D. Detwiler Award for the most outstanding Biology PhD thesis overall. We're all very proud back here!
October 2013 - A
very big farewell to Annegret Nicolai, who returned to France this
month. We'll miss you, Annegret, but your gastropodal
influence will continue! Farewell also to
Tanya Dann, who is now winging her way back to New Zealand the
October 2013 - Congratulations to Lauren Des Marteaux, who has been elected as the student representative on the Entomological Society of Ontario board of directors.
September 2013 - Welcome to Alexander McKinnon, who is starting an MSc on freeze tolerance in insects, Qian Long, who begins a PhD on evolutionary physiology of snails, and Jackie Lebenzon and Matt Spilka, who are starting their honours projects.
August 2013 - Farewell to Katharina Nikolaev, who has been visiting for a few weeks on a DAAD-RISE fellowship. And welcome to Tanya Dann, a PhD student visiting from University of Otago for a few months and Fengliang Jin, who joins us from China for a year as a postdoc.
August 2013 - Congratulations to Laura Ferguson, who has been awarded the Ruth Horner Arnold Graduate Fellowship.
August 2013 - Congratulations to Dr. Heath MacMillan, who defended his PhD thesis in style. After ISEPEP5, Heath is off to Aarhus to postdoc with Johannes Overgaard. You can download Heath's thesis here.
July 2013 - Congratulations to Ruth Jakobs, who successfully defended her MSc thesis proposal!
2013 -Congratulations to Dr. Katie Marshall,
who successfully defended her PhD thesis!
April 2013 -Brent Sinclair has been awarded a University Faculty Scholar award for 2013-2015.
April 2013 -Check out Heath MacMillan's beautiful fly image on the cover of this month's Naturwissenschaften (you can see it online, in tiny version, here)
April 2013 -Congratulations to Laura Ferguson, who has been awarded an NSERC PGS-D PhD scholarship, and Lauren Des Marteaux, who received an NSERC CGS-D. Well done!
January 2013 -Congratulations to Katie Marshall, who won the Bruce Sidell award for the best student oral presentation in Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology annual meeting in San Francisco. This was a big meeting (over 2000 abstracts), so is a huge achievement. Well done, Katie!
2013 -Brent Sinclair was interviewed on the CBC radio
show 'Quirks and Quarks' about the lab's recent research on the
metabolism of freezing frogs. You can listen to the segment
or read more about the work here
or access the article from the Journal of Experimental
November 2012 -Congratulations to Hiroko Udaka, who received an Honourable Mention in the 3 minute research competition at the Western Postdoctoral Forum.
2012 -Congratulations to Evelyn Boychuk, who passed her
MSc thesis defense!
2012 -Congratulations to Heath MacMillan, who has a paper
explaining chill coma published in the prestigious Proceedings
of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS).
You can read the article here,
and a press release, complete with pictures and a movie, here.
This work has been featured on phys.org
World News, seacoast
Gazette, Heath was on the front page of the London
Free Press (above the fold!) and (my personal favourite) cricket-breeding.com.
2012 -Welcome to Laura Ferguson, a new PhD student
working on cold and eco-immunology. Laura joins us from
Acadia University. Welcome also to Dr. Annegret Nicolai, who
joins us from France on a Canadian Government Fellowship to freeze
2012 -Congratulations to Katie Marshall, who received the
Ruth Horner Arnold Award from the Department of Biology.