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The actin-myosin cytoskeleton is a complex network of interacting proteins that give cells their shape, and provides the physical force that allows cells to undergo dynamic changes such as dividing or moving. We are interested in the signal pathways that regulate the organization of the actin-myosin cytoskeleton, as well as the consequences of cytoskeleton rearrangement on processes such as proliferation, apoptosis and gene expression. Using a variety of techniques including biochemistry, cell biology, drug discovery and in vivo modelling, our objective is to identify drug targets for the development of anti-cancer therapeutics.


The Olson laboratory is located in newly built biomedical research facilities at the MaRS Discovery District ( in downtown Toronto (Queens Park subway station), within one of the highest densities of biomedical research activity in North America, offering an unparalleled environment for networking, collaboration and access to advanced state-of-the-art technical resources.

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Podcast 9 - Biosketch - Michael Olson
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Michael Olson Biosketch podcast

Master's student Vanessa Ruscetta

About the Olson Lab research

PhD student Giulia Spennati

Olson Lab Stand Up to Cancer

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