Sokolowski Lab

Sokolowski Lab

Genes, Environment & Behaviour

Marla B. Sokolowski

Photo of Prof. Marla Sokolowski


  • B.Sc. (University of Toronto, 1977)
  • Ph.D. (University of Toronto, 1981)

Current Positions




Marla B. Sokolowski, B.Sc. (1977, University of Toronto), Ph.D. (1981, University of Toronto) is a University Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto. Her innovative work is esteemed worldwide as a clear, integrative mechanistic paragon of the manner in which genes can interact with the environment, thus impacting behaviour. She has trail-blazed the development of a branch of Behaviour Genetics that addresses the genetic and molecular bases of natural individual differences in behaviour and is best known for her discovery of the foraging gene. She has published well over 140 publications and given close to 250 invited lectures. Professor Sokolowski is an award winning teacher and highly accomplished lecturer. She has supervised over 20 postdoctoral fellows and 35 graduate students with many of her trainees ascending to prestigious national and international academic positions. She has received Distinguished Visiting Professorships in the US and Europe where she contributes regularly to graduate education. She became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1998 for her pioneering work in the field of Behavioural Genetics and holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Genetics and Behavioural Neurology since 2001. In 2004 she became a Fellow of Massey College and in 2007 she received the Genetics Society of Canada’s Award of Excellence. She co-directs the Child and Brain Development Programme of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research where she is the Weston Fellow. She was the Director of the Life Sciences Division of the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada from 2009-2012. She was named a University Professor at University of Toronto in 2010. In 2013 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Distinguished Investigator Award from the International Behaviour and Neurogenetics Society (2014).

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