Welcome to the Downey lab!

We use budding yeast and human cell culture as model systems to understand how acetylation enzymes regulate stress responses in eukaryotic cells. Our work aims to link basic principles of cell signaling to human diseases such as cancer and ageing.

Our Research

     Our research focuses on the intersection of the emerging field of non-histone protein acetylation and the regulation of cellular stress responses (both metabolic and genomic).

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Our Community Involvement

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We are super excited for the awesome "SUPER COOL SCIENTISTS" A Coloring Book Celebrating Women in Science. Written by Sara MacSorley and illustrated by Yvonne Page this coloring book celebrates the amazing stories of 22 women that are working in the STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. The Downey Lab members are really looking forward including this colouring book in our upcoming Community Involvement activities! 


The Downey lab had an amazing time at York Street Public School! The students did a great job helping us with our experiments. We build DNA models and extracted DNA from strawberries. We can't wait to visit again :)

2018 Walk for muscular dystrophy

Members of the Downey Lab participated in this event to raise money for a great cause. You can make a difference by donating generously to any of our team members. Together, with your support, we can reach our fundraising goal.


The Downey Lab is looking forward to participating in the 2019 Walk for Muscular Dystrophy!