In my lab we use a diversity of techniques to discover how evolution shapes genomes and how the genetic variation created in the genome inflluences the course of evolution. Check out my research page to see the projects going on in my lab. There are always opportunities to get involved in research in my lab and watch this page to keep up to date on what's happening.

The Ness lab is recruiting MSc and PhD students now!


The Ness lab is recruiting multiple funded graduate positions (M.Sc. or Ph.D.) to explore evolution in the genome. In our lab you’ll have the chance to combine field work, experimental evolution, and molecular biology with genomics to study how the genome influences patterns of biological diversity. Students will be able to develop their own interests and/or join ongoing projects including the effects of de novo mutations, variation in recombination rates and how mutation and recombination influence adaptation and genetic drift to shape evolution. Check out my research page for more information about ongoing projects and opportunities.

 The graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Toronto is across all three campuses and offers incredible opportunity for broad intellectual and professional training.  The program has a short MSc program designed to give students a concentrated experience of what its like to be researcher. MSc students can convert to the PhD program that will give you comprehensive training at the leading edge of biological research. In the Department of Biology at University of Toronto @ Mississauga there are ~30 research labs providing a stimulating research environment and graduate students in the lab will be encouraged to travel to national and international conferences.

I encourage applicants from a wide diversity of backgrounds including Biology, Computer Science or Mathematics. Expertise in evolutionary biology, genomics, population genetics, bioinformatics and computer programming will be considered an asset. 

Applications and queries should be sent to me @ rob.ness@utoronto.ca. Please include a short statement of interest (<1 page), with a CV (including 2-3 references) and a copy of your transcript. 


I encourage undergraduates interested in applying for a NSERC USRA this summer to contact me ASAP if you would like to discuss developing a proposal together. 

I will be advertising a variety of projects geared for the Research Opportunity Program (299Y & 399Y) and for BIO481Y.

@Volunteers - I currently only have volunteer opportunities for undergraduates interested in doing bioinformatic projects. In the spring my lab will be set up and I will have more opportunities for volunteers to get involved.


If you are interested in applying or just want to ask a few questions, please email or drop by my office at UTM (DV3059)