Comparative Neurobiology Lab
Research in the Laberge Lab
Work in the Comparative Neurobiology lab attempts to understand how variation in brain structure and size influences organismic function and identify the factors that drive evolution and plasticity of the nervous system. Current projects on this topic study variation in structure and size of the brain in populations of fish and amphibians, the proximate mechanisms generating this variation, and the functional consequences of this variation. Additionally, the lab is involved in collaborative efforts aiming to develop novel indicators of ecological performance and chronic stress in wild fish. The lab has also previously investigated olfactory neurobiology in plethodontid salamanders.
Current research is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery Grant and Canada First Research Excellence Fund programs. An infrastructure grant from the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Ontario’s Ministry of Research and Innovation was used to establish our electrophysiology and microscopy facilities.