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Join the Ensminger lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Toronto. Check out this page frequently and find out what we are up to.

I am a Plant Physiologist. Researchers in my lab study plant-environment-interactions. We use different approaches, ranging from experiments in climate controlled growth chambers, greenhouses, experimental plots in the field or natural field sites. We use biophysical methods to assess performance of plants, and molecular biology and next generation sequencing approaches to study transcriptome dynamics in non-model plant species. We also use remote sensing approaches for high-throughput plant phenotyping and studying vegetation dynamics and estimating biomass. I am always looking for students who are passionate about the physiology of plants and the mechanisms by which plants adjust function to changing environmental conditions.


If you are interested to apply to the NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship program or the European Marie-Curie programme (If you are from the EC you can apply for postdoctoral fellowships abroad!) you are welcome to contact Ingo Ensminger. We are looking for people with new perspectives and skills to join our lab for working on the physiology of plants, global change and photosynthesis. You are the right peson if you have a strong background, interest and passion in the areas of molecular physiology of plants, biochemistry of plants, photosynthesis, boreal forests and trees, global change or bioinformatics.

Grad Students

Contact me at any time if you have questions about graduate studies. You should share our interest in the physiology of plants, global change and photosynthesis. Ideally you have some undergraduate research experience in plant physiology. NSERC has a program in place that helps Canadian students getting supplement support from the University of Toronto. See NSERC Graduate Fellowship Programs for more information. If you are a candidate from the US, you might want to check-out the NSF graduate research fellowship program. It covers 3 years of studies in Canada the Fulbright Canada Stem program which covers 1 year. Make sure you check the deadlines early.

Undergraduate Students

Undergraduate students have a range of options to get involved in my lab and our projects. If you see your future in plant sciences, you should consider Bio481 offered by the Department of Biology. Project are usually done during the fall/winter term. For summer students, NSERC offers the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards program and UTM offers the Reseach Opportunity Program (ROP). We also have students involved in our lab through the Work-Study program.

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