Researcher Profile

C.K. Govind

Job Title: Professor of Zoology
Employer: University of Toronto at Scarborough
Place of Birth: Durban, Natal, South Africa.
Public School attended: Kathiawad Primary School
High School attended: Sastri College
Further Education: Rhodes University (B.Sc.), Natal University (M.Sc.), University of Manitoba (Ph.D.).
Geographic focus of research: Ontario, USA

Mailing address:
Life Sciences, Division, University of Toronto at Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail,, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada M1C 1A4
Phone: (416) 287-7377

Recent Publications:

Patel, V. and C.K. Govind. 1997. Synaptic exoytosis of dense-core vesicles in blue crab (Callinectes sapidus ) stomach muscles. Cell Tiss. Res. 289: 517-526.

Read, A.T. and C.K. Govind. 1997. Regeneration and sex-biased transformation of the sexually dimorphic pincer claw in adult snapping shrimps. J. Exp. Zool. 279: 356-366.

Meinertzhagen, I.A., C.K. Govind, B.A. Stewart, J.M. Carter and H.L. Atwood. 1998. Constant spacing of synapses and presynaptic active zones at larval neuromuscular junctions of different genotypes in the flies Drosophila and Sarcophaga. J. Comp. Neurol. 393: 482-492.

Krause, K.M. J. Pearce and C.K. Govind. 1998. Regeneration of phasic motor axons on a crayfish tonic muscle: neuron specifies synapses. J. Neurophysiol. 80: 994-997.

M. Msghina, A.G. Millar, M.P. Charlton, C.K. Govind and H.L. Atwood. 1999. Calcium entry related to active zones and differences in transmitter release at phasic and tonic synapses. J. Neurosci. 19: 8419-8434.

The diversity of species in aquatic environments offers many "model systems" to explore basic questions in biology; consider that most of the basic knowledge of nervous systems comes from studies on squids, sea slugs and crustaceans. Moreover, because some of these aquatic invertebrates have relatively few nerve cells compared to us, it is easier to study individual ones. On the other hand, these invertebrates have a wide behavioural repertoire that is a rich source of tackling basic questions. So the next time you have lobster or crab on the dinner table, take a minute to consider their research potential.