Leigh Anne Swayne

Degrees / Credentials

BSc, PhD


Professor, Division of Medical Sciences, University of Victoria


Associate Member

Dr. Leigh Anne Swayne is a Professor in the Division of Medical Sciences at the University of Victoria, and an Affiliate Professor in Cellular and Physiological Sciences at UBC. She was a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Scholar (2014-2019). A biologist by training, her team studies the fundamental mechanisms of cellular plasticity (e.g. growth and development, morphological changes, and survival/degeneration) in the brain and in the heart.

Contact Info

Lab Manager
Sara Ohora
Lab Email
Mailing Address
224 Medical Sciences Building
University of Victoria
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Research Information

The Swayne lab uses a multi-level approach (imaging, cell biology, biochemistry, and proteomics), to bridge critical knowledge gaps in the understanding of neuronal and cardiac cell development and dysfunction.



  • neuroplasticity
  • neurite growth
  • neurodevelopment
  • ion channels
  • receptor trafficking