Malcolm Campbell

Professor & Vice-Principal Research, University of Toronto

Malcolm Campbell is a biologist.

Born in Montréal and raised in a small city in Ontario, Malcolm studied genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Guelph and University of British Columbia. Following post-doctoral work in Toulouse, France and Raleigh, North Carolina, Malcolm had a faculty position at the University of Oxford, combined with a tutorial fellowship at Brasenose College, for 8 years.

Malcolm has been at the University of Toronto since 2004, where he has held professorial appointments in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology, the Faculty of Forestry, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Graduate Department of Environmental Sciences. He is currently Vice Principal, Research at University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus.

Malcolm’s research group focuses on genome biology, with a particular emphasis on tree genome function. His lab’s current research explores the role of the epigenome in conditioning plant responses to the environment. Malcolm lends his experience in these areas, as well as in administration and strategic planning, to a number of journal editorial boards, scientific and non-scientific advisory boards, as well as governmental, non-governmental and community organisations.

In his spare time, Malcolm is often seen running with whippets, listening to great podcasts and music, and thinking. Malcolm attributes any success to his fantastic family, especially his wonderful partner and three amazing kids.


  • 2009–present
    Professor & Vice-Principal Research, University of Toronto Scarborough
  • 2004–present
    Professor, University of Toronto
  • 1996–2004
    Lecturer (with Tenure), University of Oxford


  • 1996 
    University of Oxford, MA (Oxon)
  • 1991 
    University of Guelph, PhD