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Comparative Physiology @ Guelph

Comparative Physiology @ Guelph

Comparative Physiology @ Guelph

Welcome to Comparative Animal Physiology


The Comparative Animal Physiology group at the University of Guelph is one of the largest in Canada and is known for its integrative research on animal function, which incorporates studies of genes to whole animals and everything in between. The enthusiasm, strength and breadth of the group provide an outstanding training environment for postdocs, graduate students and undergraduate researchers. Aquatic research is a particular strength, which is made possible by the world-class facilities that are available in the Hagen Aqualab. The group currently studies a diverse group of animals, including crustaceans, molluscs, echinoderms, lampreys, hagfishes, sharks, skates, lungfishes, teleost fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, rodents, and whales. Other strengths of the group include expertise in cardiac function, metabolism, development, neurobiology, hormonal regulation, stress biology, and biomechanics. The group is located in the Summerlee Science Complex and enjoys access to state-of-the-art equipment and facilities for the study of animal structure and function.

For more information about each of the labs in the group, click on the links below. Here you’ll find detailed information about areas of research, publications, techniques, and opportunities for employment and study.

Labs in Comparative Animal Physiology


Ballantyne Lab

Evolutionary and Adaptive Biochemistry

Gillis Lab

Cardiac Protein

Newman Lab

Ecophysiology of Stress

Bernier Lab

Stress Neuroendocrinology

Heyland Lab

Comparative Functional Genomics

Van Der Kraak Lab

Fish Reproductive Physiology

Laberge Lab

Comparative Neurobiology

Wright Lab

Environmental Physiology

Alderman Lab

Stress & Toxicology

Comparative Physiology News


New Review Paper

As part of a class project, a group of (eco)physiology graduate students collaborate to publish a review investigating the role of animal density in physiological studies, check out our paper here.

New paper on lens mechanics from Fudge Lab

GJ Won from Vivian Choh’s lab at the University of Waterloo recently published a paper in Molecular Vision that included some of the work he did in the Fudge Lab on the biomechanics of chick lenses and the contribution of the actomyosin cytoskeleton to the material properties of the lens.