Current Projects and Collaborative Studies

Project Description: Linking parasite abundance and protein profiles in white sucker from the oils sands region of the Athabasca River.

Co-investigators:  Jim Sherry (PI), David Marcogliese (PI), and Paola Braicovich,  Environment Canada (Burlington, ON).

Status: near completion – manuscript preparation


Project Description: Retroactive study to determine how protein profiling could address and inform de-listing criteria for Great Lakes Areas of Concern using banked plasma samples collected from white sucker at Jackfish Bay.

Co-investigator:  Jim Sherry, Environment Canada (Burlington, ON)  (Denina Simmons PI).

Status: near completion – manuscript preparation.


Project Description: Multi-Omics to investigate the potential health effects of the brominated flame retardant, TBBPA-dbpe, in rainbow trout.

Co-investigators:  Jim Sherry (PI), Environment Canada (Burlington, ON). John Cosgrove and Bharat Chandramouli (SGS-Axys, Sidney BC).

Status: near completion – manuscript preparation.


Project Description: Multi-Omics to assess the effects of nearshore contaminants in effluents and sediments in two Great Lakes Areas of Concern using rainbow trout and mayfly species as model laboratory organisms.

Co-investigators: Sonya Klegwegt (PI) and Paul Helm the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Toronto, ON). Caren Helbing, University of Victoria (Victoria, BC). John Cosgrove and Bharat Chandramouli (SGS-Axys, Sidney BC).

Status: in progress.


Project Description: Characterizing the plasma protein corona(s) from goldfish exposed to 5 different nanoparticles.

Co-investigators:  Greg Goss (PI) and Van Ortega, University of Alberta (Edmonton, AB). Jim Sherry, Environment Canada (Burlington, ON).

Status: in progress.


Project Description: The effects of nutrient enrichment on protein expression in Daphnia pulex

Co-investigators: Paul Frost (PI) and Nicole Wagner, Trent University (Peterborough, ON).  Jim Sherry, Environment Canada (Burlington, ON).

Status: in progress.


Project description: Collection of baseline health data and development of non-lethal bio-monitoring endpoints using multi-omics approaches for future assessments of health effects in fish from the Ring of Fire deposit in Northern Ontario.

Co-investigators: Jim Sherry (PI) , Environment Canada (Burlington, ON). Eric Reiner and Dave Poirier, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (Toronto, ON), Myrna Sympson, University of Toronto Scarborough (Toronto, ON).

Status: in progress.


Project description: Interlaboratory comparison of proteome responses of fathead minnow exposed to the insecticide Dieldrin.

Co-investigators: Chris Martyniuk (PI), University of Florida (Gainesville, FL).

Status: in progress.


Project description: Non-targeted organic contaminant screening in dust, blood plasma, and dried plasma spots using GC-APGC-Q-TOF with modulation to enhance sensitivity by peak focusing.

Co-investigators: Adam Ladak (Co-PI), Waters Corporation and Karl Jobst, Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change (Co-PI)

Status: in progress


Project description: SILAC Proteomics of a whole invertebrate: relative protein expression changes in Daphnia magna exposed to microcystis.

Co-investigators: Rene Shahmohamadloo (University of Guelph), Maryam Tabatabaei Anaraki, Andre Simpson, and Myrna Simpson (Toronto, ON) University of Toronto, Scarborough; Richard Chong-Kit, Dave Poirier, Xavier Ortiz, Karl Jobst, and Eric Reiner (Toronto, ON) Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Status: in progress