The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology is one of the largest centres in Canada for graduate studies and research in Biology. More than 45 full time faculty and 15 adjunct professors supervise the research of approximately 140 graduate students at the Institute. The Institute has four major fields of research: cell and molecular biology; animal physiology and biochemistry; plant sciences; and, ecology, systematics and behaviour. The Institute also contributes to interdisciplinary specializations including biotechnology, environmental and chemical toxicology, neuroscience, and environment and economic interactions.

The Institute was formed in 1982 by the amalgamation of the graduate programs of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa and in the last five years, 110 M.Sc. students and 52 Ph.D. students have graduated from the Institute. Because of its location in Canada’s capital, Institute scientists have the opportunity to collaborate with the many federal government research scientists in institutions including the National Research Council, Agriculture Canada, Health Canada, National Museums, Environment Canada, and Atomic Energy of Canada. It is from these institutions that our adjunct professors are drawn. Details of the wide variety of research areas directed by the members of the Institute are given at the end of this document.