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Dr. Lesley Campbell's
lab conducts substantive
research in the medical
Dr. Lesley Campbell
Faculty of Science
Chemistry and Biology
PHOTO BY MIKE FORD
"We are one of the few
labs that is training
students for jobs in
medical cannabis field."
DR. LESLEY CAMPBELL SPECIALIZES in plant
evolution. And at Ryerson's Campbell Group
Plant Evolutionary and Ecology Lab, her team
has completed a diverse range of investigations
- everything from invasive plant species,
hybridization, urban agriculture, and gender
diversity within the scientific community.
Most recently, her cannabis-related research
is attracting the most attention.
Since 2014, and in collaboration with several
industrial partners, faculty and students, her
lab conducts and coordinates research on
factors that limit cannabis crop yield: "Although
this plant is familiar to many people, there
is still so much we don't know - we generate
new knowledge about this pharmaceutically
important plant and with that information
we create new industrial production tools,"
For Campbell and her lab, conversations
with industrial partners, who have applied
research problems, have sparked a number
of interesting and relevant projects.
For example, her lab collaborated with
Tweed Marijuana Inc., a licensed medical
marijuana company in Smiths Falls, Ont.
Campbell received funding from the Natural
Sciences and Engineering Research Council
of Canada (NSERC) for a six-month project to
study the optimum environment for Tweed's
diverse Cannabis sativa cultivars.
As well, Campbell and collaborators have
partnered with Beleave Inc., a biotech company
entering the medical marijuana market, to
develop optimal methods for cannabinoid/
terpene extraction and a better understanding
of the inheritance of key cannabinoids. Research
was funded via NSERC's industrial partnership
grants, including a year-long Collaborative
Research and Development Grant.