Sergey V. Plotnikov, PhD
University of Toronto
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
Postdoc, Cell Biology
National Institutes of Health (NHLBI), Waterman Lab
Postdoc, Quantitative Imaging
University of Connecticut Health Center
PhD, Cell and Developmental Biology
Institute of Marine Biology (Vladivostok, Russia)
BSc Biochemistry UofT 2018
BSc Cell & Molecular Biology UofT 2018
Joined April 2017
Ernest is investigating calcium signalling in lamellipodia of migrating cells. He is a superb microscoptician and active on sci-twitter -- follow him @ernest_iu!
Outside of the lab, Ernest plays the guitar and is a big fan of french bulldogs, corgis, and pugs!
BSc Biology UCLA 2020
Jericho, New York
Joined September 2022
Karan is starting her project on calcium signalling at focal adhesions. She spent two years at Kyoto University as a research assistant in the Kageyama and Matsuda labs.
Karan is a former camp counsellor who enjoys skiing, podcasts, and baking better banana bread than Sergey does!
Post Bac Research Assistant
BSc Biochemistry 2023
BSc Molecular Genetics & Microbiology 2023
Joined April 2019
Alex is a longtime undergrad and now research assistant in the lab working with Ernest on the lamellipodia project. Our cloning expert!
Alex is very creative -- he plays piano and electric guitar, crochets, embroiders, paints, builds lego, and is learning to sew!
Health & Disease Major
Molecular Genetics & Microbiology Major
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Joined April 2022
Daphne is a Research Opportunities Program student for the summer and fall of 2022 examining nuclear compression with Fernando.
She is Halifaxian and wrote a book on her great grandaunt titled Chinese Wallflower!
Hon. BSc Chemistry UTM 2018
Hon. BSc Biology UTM 2018
Joined July 2017
Fernando is studying mechanosensitive actin polymerization by the formin Dia1. He is an expert in laser experiments and a great mentor and teacher!
Fernando's desk is decorated with lots of animals and he is a member of the Toronto zoo!
Cell & Systems Biology Major
Joined March 2022
Arthur is a CSB498 independent research student trying to understand how calcium regulates responses to viscous fluid.
Arthur is a gym-bro but one of the nice ones and brings to the lab apple that he himself cuts and peels!
Meet Our Microscopes
Yokogawa CSU-X-1 Spinning Disk Unit on Nikon Eclipse Ti2 Inverted Microscope
Our trusty workhorse!
Nikon H-TIRF Module (Total Internal Reflection Fluorescence) on Eclipse Ti2 Inverted Microscope
Super resolution at the imaging interface!
CREST Optics Spinning Disk Unit on Nikon Eclipse Ti2 Inverted Microscope
Great for FRET!
Nikon A1R MP Upright Multiphoton Microscope
Image deep into tissue! Great for micropattering!
Rico Dong Undergraduate Student 2022-2023, Undergraduate Researcher in Dept. of Biochemistry
Rosiey Yang, M.Sc. Masters Student 2018-2022, Medical Writer
Joy Du Undergraduate Student 2020-2022, Medicine at McMaster University
Chen Tuo Undergraduate Student 2020-2022, Biochemistry PhD Student at UofT
Ajay Singh Undergraduate Student 2021, Molecular Biophysics PhD Student at UofT.
Linda Li Undergraduate Student 2019, Cell and Systems Biology PhD Student at UofT, Saltzman Lab