Camila Athanasio – Ecotoxicologist – Ph.D. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

Dr. Camila Athanasio

Dr. Athanasio is interested in how early-life exposure to contaminants and stressors affect organisms throughout their lifetime and subsequent generations. She has experience using several model organisms and has studied the effects of contaminants, complex effluents, contaminated sediments and freshwater in aquatic organisms in Brazil, Europe, and Canada. Camila received her undergraduate degree from the University of Santa Cruz do Sul, Brazil and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Birmingham, UK. Prior to joining the Aquatic Omic lab, Camila completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University where she investigated the effects of early-life exposures and re-exposure to PAHs in birds and the contribution of epigenetic mechanisms in the regulation of toxic responses.

Camila is now using her skills in genomics as a Forensic Biologist for the Government of Alberta in Edmonton, at the Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory.

Christine Flaherty, M.Sc.

Christine (Tina) received her M.Sc. in Applied Biosciences at Ontario Tech University in 2021. She investigated the effects of harmful algae blooms and microcystins on wild fish species in Hamilton Harbor. Christine’s research included field-work, taking blood samples from goldfish, gizzard shad, and walleye. She performed proteomics on the blood plasma. Fieldwork is one of Tina’s favorite things to do as a biologist. Tina is now a Field Biologist at Triton Environmental Consultants Ltd, in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Christine Flaherty – M.Sc. Aquatic Toxicology, Ontario Tech; B.Sc. Animal Biology, University of Guelph
Shreya Jain – M.Sc. Applied Biosciences; B.Sc. Biological Science – Life Science, Ontario Tech University

Shreya Jain, M.Sc.

Shreya is a graduate of Applied Biosciences (M.Sc) at Ontario Tech University. Her project aimed to refine two adverse outcome pathways (AOPs) using Japanese rice fish (Oryzias latipes) embryos exposed to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD).

Specifically, she assessed the adverse outcome of altered cardiovascular development caused by TCDD initiated by the activation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor. AOPs are a collaborative framework that categorizes the impact of chemicals from the molecular to the ecosystem level. Refining these AOPs will ultimately allow us to respond to chemicals of concern more effectively.

Previously, Shreya designed a novel plasmid in the Desaulniers lab to assess off-target effects caused by short interfering RNA in HeLa cells. She also completed a summer research placement in China working in a biosafety level four facility injecting nude mice (FOXn1nu) and assessing pancreatic tumors. Shreya is a student representative on the Animal Care Committee at Ontario Tech University and has self-started a student club on-campus (affiliated with the Brain Tumor Foundation of Canada) called Students Investing in Brain Research and Development (SIBRD). Shreya loves traveling and has been to over 10 countries!

Shreya is now a Junior Fisheries Biologist at Palmer in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Dr. Linda Lara-Jacobo

During her time in our lab, Linda worked on the surveillance of SARS CoV-2 viral proteins in wastewater samples from the Durham Region as an alternative biomarker for detection, among other proteomic/pharmaceutical approaches. She holds a Ph.D. with a focus in Toxicology from the Institut national de la recherche Scientifique (INRS) Quebec, Canada where she performed ecotoxicogenomics studies in frogs and fish exposed to petroleum products.

Previously she worked as a professor at the University of Baja California (UABC) in charge of the Toxicology area. Linda received her ungraduated degree in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry and a Master’s in Life Sciences. Linda has experience in fieldwork and monitoring techniques in locations such as Lacandon Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, Boreal Forest, among others. She is also involved with community work in indigenous communities in Central America.

Dr. Linda Lara-Jacobo – Doctorat en sciences de l’eau Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Quebec, Canada