Biology, Christopher Moyes

Professor Christopher Moyes has been appointed as Head of the Department of Biology for a two-year term commencing July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2015.

Professor Moyes received his B.Sc. (Honours, Fisheries Biology) from the University of Guelph (1983), M.Sc. (Biology) from the University of Ottawa (1985), and Ph.D. (Zoology) from the University of British Columbia (1991). He pursued post-doctoral studies as a MRC Fellow at Simon Fraser University (1991-1993) and as a Fogarty Research Fellow at NIH- National Institute of Ageing (1993-1994) prior to taking up a position as Queen's National Scholar in 1995. He was awarded tenure in 2000, and promoted to Full Professor in 2007. He received Premier’s Research Excellence Award (PREA) in 2000.

Professor Moyes' research explores the origins and consequences of variation in bioenergetics: how metabolism is remodeled in response to stressors and regulators, and how inherent variations arise between tissues and species as a consequence of evolution, development and disease. By comparing and contrasting models and paradigms, he hopes to distinguish between regulatory pathways that are broadly conserved among animals and those that are responsible for unique features of specific tissues or animals. His research program is inherently integrative, including elements of molecular biology, cell physiology, biochemistry, as well as organismal, ecological and evolutionary physiology. This core research has been continuously funded by NSERC since 1996.

Prof. Moyes has published more than 90 research papers and reviews, and coauthored the undergraduate textbook Principles of Animal Physiology. He has served on the NSERC graduate scholarship committee (Life Sciences) and grant selection committees in Canada (NSERC) and the US (NSF). He has served as Undergraduate Chair in Biology (2009-2011), Associate Head in Biology (2011-13) and as Queen's Senator since 2012, serving as Chair of the Senate Academic Planning Task Force (2012-13).

In making this announcement, Principal Woolf and Dean MacLean wish to thank Dr. Mel Robertson for his committed leadership and dedicated service to Queen’s as Head of the Department of Biology since July 2005.