Sally Leys

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences


Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
(780) 492-6629
5-063 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5



My research interests concern the evolution of the first metazoan body plans. In my lab we use a diverse set of approaches to study how the sponge body plan works, and to interpret how it may be related to that of cnidarians, placozoans, and higher animals.

Our lab tools are high end microscopy – EM, video and light microscopy – physiology and molecular techniques, but we also study these animals in the field – by diving, snorkeling, and use of a remote operated vehicle. Much of our field work occurs at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre, but we also work at the Friday Harbor Laboratories


BIOL 361 - Marine Science

An introduction to marine science and marine biology including history of marine exploration, essential features of the physical marine environment, a survey of major marine communities and adaptations of the organisms that live in each, overviews of selected groups of marine organisms (e.g., marine mammals), and human impact on the oceans. Recommended as preparation for courses offered through the Bamfield Marine Station (see courses listed under MA SC). Prerequisite: ZOOL 250 or BIOL 208.

Winter Term 2021
GENET 422 - Current Topics in Developmental Genetics

Discussion of selected topics in developmental biology with an emphasis on the cellular and genetic mechanisms used to uncover regulatory pathways. Selection of topics will depend, in part, on the interests of the students enrolled. Peer evaluation will be an integral part of the course and an introduction to the review process in science will be included. Critical reading and analysis of the primary literature, research proposal-based reading and writing, and classroom presentation skills may all be used as means of evaluation. Prerequisites: consent of instructor and GENET 412 or ZOOL 303 or equivalent course in developmental biology.

Winter Term 2021

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