Belinda S.W. Chang

Belinda S.W. Chang

Dept. of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and
Dept. of Cell and Systems Biology
University of Toronto
25 Harbord St., Toronto ON M5S 3G5

Phone: 416-978-3507 (o); 416-978-8532 (f)


  • Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, Cell & Systems Biology
  • Centre for the Analysis of Genome Evolution & Function
  • Vision Science Research Program
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Program
  • Neuroscience Program


University of Toronto, Departments of Ecology & Evolutionary/Cell & Systems Biology, Jan 2003 – present
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair, in Comparative Evolutionary Neurobiology

Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry, 1999 – 2002
Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. T.P. Sakmar

Harvard University, Dept. of Organismic & Evolutionary Biology, 1996 – 1999
NSF/Sloan Molecular Evolution Postdoctoral Fellow with Prof. M.J. Donoghue

Harvard University, Ph.D. 1995, with Profs. N.E. Pierce and R.C. Lewontin
Division of Medical Sciences
Program in Neuroscience
Ph.D. Dissertation: Comparative studies of opsin structure and function: the evolution of wavelength regulation.

Princeton University, A.B. 1988
Magna cum laude in Biology, Phi Beta Kappa


Human Frontier Research Program Award, 2012
Canada Research Chair, Tier II, 2003, 2008
Ontario Distinguished Researcher Award, 2003
Canadian Foundation for Innovation, New Opportunities Award, 2003
Allene Reuss Memorial Trust Grant, 2002
NSF/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Molecular Evol., 1997