Christendat Lab

Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto

Key Resources

The Arabidopsis Information Resource: Also known as TAIR, the Arabidopsis Information Resource provides a wealth of information concerning the molecular biology and genetics of Arabidopsis thaliana.

The American Society for Microbiology(ASM) hosts many events such a conferences, workshops, lectures and more. A must see for aspiring microbiologists.

BLAST, short for Basic Local Alignment Search Tool provides a quick means to check nucleotide and protein sequences against NCBI’s vast databases.

Bio-Analytic Resource for Plant Biology (BAR) is a web resource containing useful tools for genomic studies on plants. They provide graphical representations of gene expression in plants, tools to make molecular markers and mapping tools. Sponsored by CAGEF

BioCyc, short form for the BioCyc Pathway Database Collection is a collection of thousands of pathway and genome pathways. Additionally, BioCyc provides software to decipher certain databases.

The Center for the Analysis of Genome Evolution and Function(CAGEF) is an initiative funded by the University of Toronto’s Academic Initiative Fund to promote research in genome biology research. They provide technical assistance and access to research platform resources and encourage research through workshops, courses and awards.

The Canadian Light Source (CLS) provides the most powerful synchrotron in Canada and allows for sophisticated research in many fields. Our lab has used the CLS database to solve protein structures.

The ChloroP program provides a tool capable of predicting the presence of chloroplast transit peptide(cTP) and the location of potential cTP cleavage sites.

CRISPR-P allows us to design CRISPR/CAS9 constructs with ease using its web-tool.

The Canadian Society of Plant Biology (CSPB)¬†provides conferences and awards where plant biologists can congregate to learn about their peers’ research.

Department of Cells and Systems Biology‘s website at the University of Toronto provides information on Dr. Christendat’s lab and all his colleagues.

Environmental Health & Safety contains information on biosafety and safety in the work place. Here you can take biosafety courses and learn how to work with safety in mind.

ImageJ is a great software for quantifying characteristics of images such as brightness and colour intensity.

Integrated DNA Technologies (IDT) provides many useful genetic tools. The Christendat uses this resource mainly for the design of DNA primers in our experiments.

Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) provides all the safety and handling data necessary for many chemical reagents we may use in lab.

New England Biolabs provides important information on protocols used in many molecular genetic labs. Check out their top 10 tips for Q-PCR,

PyMOL is a python based program that allows users to view protein structures and perform structural analysis.

Restriction enzyme list, and troubleshooting guides.

RCSB Protein Data Bank contains many 3D protein structures that can be viewed conveniently. It also has many DNA and complex structures.

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