Janet Wood

Professor College of Biological Science Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology Guelph, Ontario jwood@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 53866

Bio/Research

Prof. Wood completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (BC), her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, and her postdoctoral training at Cornell University and the National Research Council of Canada before becoming a Professor at the University of Guelph.

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Bio/Research

Prof. Wood completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Victoria (BC), her PhD at the University of Edinburgh, and her postdoctoral training at Cornell University and the National Research Council of Canada before becoming a Professor at the University of Guelph.

The Wood Lab uses tools derived from mathematics, biophysics, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and microbiology to learn how bacterium Escherichia coli tolerates physical and chemical changes to its environment. Commensal E. coli strains contribute to the health of humans and animals. Pathogenic E. coli strains cause diseases when they colonize intestinal or urinary tracts, or the meninges' of infants. E. coli is transmitted among humans and animals via food and water. It is remarkably able to cope with the varying temperatures, osmotic pressures and chemical constitutions of its environments.

Working with collaborators in Canada, the US, Europe and Australia, Prof. Wood and her team aim to understand the structures, cellular locations and functions of the molecules that confer osmotic stress tolerance. By deducing how E. coli cells sense and control their own physical and chemical properties, members of the Wood Lab elucidate mechanisms that promote the health and survival of microbes, animals and plants. For example, their work provides insights into kidney function as well as the salt and drought tolerance of plants.


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