Sally Leys, PhD

Professor, Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences

Pronouns: she/her/hers


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, and in particular how mechanisms of coordination arose - including nervous and non-nervous coordination. In my lab we use a diverse set of approaches to study how the sponge body plan works, and to interpret how aspects of tissue organization, polarity, and sensory mechansims may be related to those known from other phyla.

Our lab tools include microscopy – Scanning electron, transmission electron, confocal, video and fluorescent light microscopy. We use pharmacological and molecular techniques, and we also study 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.

Leys Lab Website


Biology and Evolution of Invertebrates Zoology 350

Marine Science Biol 361

Structure and Function of Animals MASC 415 (held at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Center)