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I received my PhD in Zoology from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1999 and my MSc in Animal Science from UBC in 1995. My PhD included research at City University of Hong Kong (1997) and as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at the CNRS in Strasbourg France (1998). Prior to joining Laurier in 2014, I was a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council postdoctoral fellow (2000-2002) followed by principal investigator (2003-2013) at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR) at the University of Porto in Portugal. My affiliation with CIIMAR continues.
I have been pursuing a line of research in fish physiology focused primarily on elucidating the mechanisms of ion and nitrogen regulation. The backbone of my research is built upon the use of immuno-detection techniques complement with molecular genetics approaches to characterize the transport proteins involved in these physiological processes. My research has also expanded into understanding the wider story of stomach loss in vertebrates. I have been supported by external grants from NSERC and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission and have been actively engaged in the training of graduate students.
NSERC DISCOVERY (RGPIN-2019-06838) The gut to gills of ion regulation. 2019-2026. NSERC ACCELERATOR 2019-2024
Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. Development of an artificial feeding system for parasitic lamprey. January 2019
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery (RGPIN-2014-04289) Molecular physiology of ion transport in lower vertebrates.
The lab is currently opperating at capacity but am keen to take on undergraduate and graduate students in the future. If you are interested in the type of research I do, let me know.
International peer-reviewed publications since 2020:
(Students under my supervision are underlined)
ISI Web of Science (29 Auguest 2022): ISI Articles 123; Total citations 4353; H-index 39
ISI ResearcherID: I-6071-2012; ORCID: 0000-0003-3681-1166; Scopus: 23003162000.
1. Esfandiyari; K., Pfeifer, L.; Amiri Farahani, M.; Malakpour; S., Castro, L.F. and Wilson, J.M. (2022). The gastric proton pump in gobiid and mudskipper fishes. Evidence of stomach loss? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 274A, 111300
2. Kolbadinezhad, S.M., Hajimoradloo, A., Ghorbani, R., Joshaghani, H., Wilson, J.M. (2022) Effect of Short-term Elevation Temperature and Salinity Stress on Caspian Roach, Rutilus caspicus. Aquaculture and Fisheries Studies 4(1): 1-10.
3. Moffatt, K., Rossi, M., Park, E., Svendsen, J.C. and Wilson, J.M. (2022). Inhibition of gastric acid secretion with omeprazole affects fish specific dynamic action and growth rate: implications for the development of phenotypic stomach loss. Frontiers in Physiology 13, 966447
4. Liu, S., Wilson, J.M., Taylor, E., and Richards, J. (2022). Freshwater adaptation in prickly sculpin (Pisces: Cottidae): intraspecific comparisons reveal evidence for water pH and Na+ concentration driving diversity in gill H+-ATPase and ionoregulation. Journal of Experimental Biology 225(18), jeb243500. doi: 10.1242/jeb.243500.
5. Lawrence, M., Grayson, P., Jeffrey, J, Docker, M, Garroway, C., Wilson, J.M., Manzon, R, Wilkie, M., Jeffries, K. (2022). Variation in the transcriptome response and detoxification gene diversity drives pesticide tolerance in fishes. Environmental Science & Technology 56(17), 12137-12147. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.2c00821
6. Nash, M.T., Quijada-Rodriguez A.R., Allen, G.P.J., Wilson, J.M. and Weihrauch, D. (2022). Characterization of 3 different types of aquaporins in Carcinus maenas and their potential role in osmoregulation. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 272A, 111281
7. Tunnah, L., Wilson, J.M., and Wright, P.A. (2022). Retention of larval skin traits in adult amphibious killifishes: A cross-species investigation. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 192 (3-4), 473-488. doi: 10.1007/s00360-022-01436-7
8. Ferreira P., Kwan, G. T., Haldorson, S., Castro, L.F.C. Tresguerres, M., and Wilson, J.M. (2022). A multi-tasking stomach: functional co-existence of acid-peptic digestion and defensive body inflation in three distantly related vertebrate lineages. Biology Letters 18 (2), 20210583. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2021.0583
9. Borowiec, B.G., Birceanu, O., Wilson, J.M., McDonald, A.E., and Wilkie, M.P. (2022). Niclosamide is a much more potent inhibitor of mitochondrial respiration than TFM in invasive sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus). ET&C Environ. Sci. Technol. 2022, 56, 8, 4970–4979. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.1c07117
10. Birceanu, O. Ferreira, P., Neal, J., Sunga, J., Anthony, S., Edwards, S.L., Wilson, J.M., Youson, J.H., Vijayan, M.M, and Wilkie, M.P. (2022). Divergent pathways of ammonia and urea production and excretion during the life cycle of the sea lamprey. Journal of Comparative Physiology B (accepted)
11. Ridgeway, M.R., Tunnah, L., Bernier, N.J., Wilson, J.M., and Wright, P.A. (2021). Novel spikey ionocytes are regulated by cortisol in the skin of an amphibious fish. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 288(1965), 20212324. https://doi.org/10.1098/rspb.2021.2324
12. Ferreira-Martins, D., Wilson, J.M., Kolosov, D., Kelly, S.P., and McCormick, S.D. (2021). A review of osmoregulation in lamprey. Journal of the Great Lakes 47 (S1), S59-S71. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jglr.2021.05.003
13. Vargas‐Chacoff, L., Dann, F., Paschke, K., Oyarzún‐Salazar, R., Nualart, D., Martínez, D., Wilson, J.M., Guerreiro, P.M. and Navarro, J.M., 2021. Freshening effect on the osmotic response of the Antarctic spiny plunderfish Harpagifer antarcticus. Journal of Fish Biology 98(6), 1558-1571.
14. Gallagher, E.J., Harter, T.S., Wilson, J.M. and Brauner, C.J. (2020). The ontogeny of Na+ uptake in larval rainbow trout reared in waters of different Na+ content. Journal of Comparative Physiology B 191: 29-42. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s00360-020-01311-3
15. Barnawi, E., Doherty, J.E., Ferreira, P. Wilson, J.M. (2020). Extra-gastric expression of the proton pump H+/K+-ATPase in the gills and kidney of the teleost Oreochromis niloticus. Journal of Experimental Biology 223, jeb214890. doi:10.1242/jeb.214890
16. Rodríguez-Illamola, A., Míguez Miramontes, J., Coimbra, J., Wilson, J.M. (2020). High hydrostatic pressure effects on arginine vasotocin levels in fish. Aquatic Biology 29: 165-173. DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/ab00734
17. Moura, A., Muniz, A., Mullins, E., Wilson, J., Vieira, R., Almeida, A., Pinto, E., Brummer, G., Gaever, P., Gonçalves, J., Correira A.T. (2020). Population structure and dynamics of the Atlantic mackerel (Scomber scombrus) in the North Atlantic inferred from otolith chemical and shape signatures. Fisheries Research 230: 105621. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fishres.2020.105621
18. Sunga, J. Wilson, J.M. and Wilkie M.P. (2020). Functional re-organization of the gills of metamorphosing sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus): preparation for a blood diet and the fresh water to sea water transition. Journal of Comparative Physiology B. 190: 701–715. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00360-020-01305-1
19. Malakpour Kolbadinezhad, S., Coimbra, J., Wilson, J.M. (2020). Is the dendritic organ of the striped eel catfish Plotosus lineatus an ammonia excretory organ? Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A. 241: 110640. DOI: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.110640
20. Machado, M., Arenas, F., Svendsen, J.C., Azeredo, R., Pfeifer, L.J., Wilson, J.M. and Costas, B., (2020). Effects of water acidification on Senegalese sole Solea senegalensis health status and metabolic rate: implications for immune responses and energy use. Frontiers in Physiology 11: 26. doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2020.00026
BI256 Life on Earth Animals
BI330 Fundamentals of Histology
BI451 Physiological Adaptations of Fishes
BI439 Comparative Microscopic Vertebrate Anatomy
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