Nicholas Provart


My interests lie in the use of bioinformatics tools (some of which my lab has developed and which are available at the Bio-Array Resource to identify novel aspects of plant biology, especially in the area of plant stress biology. For instance, cluster analysis of gene expression data from plants subjected to different abiotic and biotic stresses has provided putative functional roles for several plant transcription factors. Furthermore, gene expression analyses can also provide inferential mechanistic insights into the development of various organs or tissues, e.g. rice seed, at the metabolic or signal transduction level. Students in my lab are involved in both computational and wet-lab projects. Current projects include

  • the prediction and validation of the Arabidopsis cis-ome
  • development of tools to identify treatments or tissues for gene family function
  • visualization tools for microarray data (such as our electronic fluorescent pictograph browser)
  • in planta characterization of novel environmental stress-associated genes identify by machine learning

Contact Nicholas Provart, +1-416-978-7141, for further information, or visit my Departmental website. My mailing address is

Nicholas Provart, Assistant Professor - Plant Cyberinfrastructure
Department of Cell and Systems Biology, University of Toronto
25 Willcocks Street
Toronto, ON. M5S 3B2

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