Biology celebrates the season and science with festive doors

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Each year, the Department of Biology and the Biology Graduate Student Association host a holiday door decorating contest.

A total of nine labs combined science and research with the festive spirit, to earn the honour of best holiday door. 

Last week, the Departmental staff judges wandered the halls of ESC, B1 and B2 to vote on the winning door. 

First place prize, a basket of chocolate, went to Bernie Duncker's lab with their "Merry Yeastmas and a Happy Yeast Year" theme.

Bernie Duncker's holiday door

This is the first time the Duncker lab has won.

The Duncker lab uses budding yeast, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, in cancer-related studies of the cell cycle.

Yeast cells are faster, easier and cheaper to use than human cells, which makes them the ideal model organism to use in the lab. 

Their research focuses on identifying and characterizing protein factors that control the initiation of DNA replication.

Second place went to David Rose's lab with their Charlie Brown Christmas theme. 

David Rose's holiday door

The other labs that participated in this year's Holiday Hallways competition were: Paul Craig, Barbara Katzenback, Mungo Marsen, Josh Neufeld, Bruce Reed, Mark Servos and Jonathan Witt. 

Paul Craig's fish holiday door
Located in B1,it's O-FISH-ally Christmas in Paul Craig's lab. His lab aims to gain a fundamental understanding of multiple, mixed environmental stressors and the impact upon aquatic species, specifically teleost fishes. 

Barbara Katzenback's door

Barbara Katzenback's lab chose a frog-themed holiday tree. Her group studies the regulation of innate immunity in frogs in response to environmental stressors.

Mungo Marsden's frog development tree

Mungo Marsden's holiday door highlights the developmental stages of a frog. His lab uses frogs to study the molecular mechanisms that mediate changes in biological form. 

Josh Neufeld's holiday door

Josh Neufeld's door gives a scientific twist to the Christmas carol Santa is Coming to Town. Their version is Santa is coming to Clostridium. Neufeld's research focuses on microbial communities and diversity. His research also investigates the role of microorganisms in the environment and nitrogen cycle.

Bruce Reed's holiday door

Located in B1, Bruce Reed's lab wishes you a FLY Christmas. His research uses the model genetic organism, Drosophila (or fruit fly), to study fundamental questions relating to cell and developmental biology.

Mark Servos' holiday door

Canada Research Chair Mark Servos' ecosystem tree reveals the impact of contaminants at various levels. His lab explores a variety issues related to predicting and managing the risk of human activities in aquatic ecosystems.

Jonathan Witt's holiday door

Jonathan Witt's research focuses on the application of molecular markers to address questions related to the ecology and evolution of aquatic organisms.

Take a study break and ​enjoy visiting all of Biology's holiday doors.