Comparative Functional Genomics Lab

Research in the Heyland Lab

Dr. Heyland’s laboratory uses novel functional genomics approaches to study the endocrine and neuroendocrine systems of aquatic invertebrates, primarily sea urchin and Daphnia species. Specifically he investigates the function and evolution of hormonal and neurotransmitter signaling systems in the regulation of development and metamorphosis. More recently his research program has applied eco-toxicogenomic approached to understand endocrine disruption in aquatic ecosystems. Specifically his lab is using Daphnia and sea urchins as molecular multi-cellular indicators for water quality assessment. These approaches are integrated with several national and international collaborations focusing on risk assessment for emerging pharmaceuticals as well as the development of novel technologies to remove such compounds from drinking water.

Find out more about specific projects in the Heylandlab:


NSERC Discovery Grant $131,000 2008-2012

Startup Funds University of Guelph $100’000 2008-

Postdoctoral Fellow Swiss National Science Foundation $ 62’000 2005-2007

Grinter Fellowship University of Florida $ 6’000 2000-2003 Link

Fellowship Smithsonian Marine Station $ 6’000 2003

Allan Kohn Fellowship Friday Harbor Laboratories $ 600 2001-2002

PADI Fellowship Padi Foundation $ 6’000 2002

Sigma Xi Research Fellowship Sigma Xi Foundation $ 500 2001