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  • Co-Applicants | OHAP

    Our Co-Applicants An interinstitutional team of Co-Applicants combining unparalleled knowledge and experience to deliver first-class training in One Health while staying representative of gender, ethnic, cultural, and linguistic diversity. Internationally Recognized Expertise in pathogen diagnostics; vaccines and immunotherapies; drugs; evolution of antibiotic, insecticide, and drug resistance; and host-pathogen ecology and evolution. ​ Professional Practitioners in animal and human health, nutrition, and engineering, with technical skills in integrative data analysis, modeling, policy development and analysis, leadership and administration, and academic and stakeholder collaborations. ​ Award-Winning Instructors in One Health curriculum development, educational pedagogy, training, and publication. Sebastien Faucher, PhD Water-Borne Pathogens Associate Professor, Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Read More Christopher Fernandez Prada Molecular Parasitology Professeur agrégé, Département de pathologie et microbiologie, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal Read More Emily Jenkins, DVM, PhD Parasitic Zoonoses Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Read More Qian (Vivian) Liu, PhD Viral Zoonoses Assistant Professor, Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Read More Maarten Voordouw, PhD Parasitology, Disease Ecology Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Read More Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, Dipl ACVIM Veterinary Internal Medicine Professor, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph Read More Jianguo (Jeff) Xia, PhD Large Data Analysis Assistant Professor, Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Read More

  • Team3

    Our Steering Committee The OHAP Steering Committee is an autonomous group ensuring oversight and accountability. The Committee guides our strategic direction, assessing our training program to identify its strengths and weaknesses, determine if our goals are being met, and provide recommendations to continue improving our offerings year after year. The Committee is chaired by a recognized leader with experience in government, industry, policy, and academia. Members are appointed by the Program Director according to approved criteria and serve for the duration of the program. These members include experts in EDI and program evaluation alongside members representing Graduate Studies, research stakeholders, and racialized and Indigenous communities. The appointed members are joined by an elected trainee representative, chosen by their peers to serve two-year terms. The OHAP Program Director and Program Administrator serve as additional non-voting advisors to the Committee. Lynda Asiko Bulimo, MA EDI Expert Equity Education Advisor, McGill University Lynda is an Equity Education Advisor (Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Education) in the Equity Team at McGill University. Her work primarily focuses on developing and leading education-based initiatives for staff and faculty towards anti-racism and anti-oppression. Her research interests explore anti-Blackness, racism and mental health in higher education. Sean Quinlan, MSc, MBA Stakeholder Representative National Manager, Food Safety Science Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Sean is the National Manager – Food Safety Research at the CFIA. He and his team are responsible for the management, oversight, and delivery of the CFIA’s food safety research program, which is focused on the development of methods for the detection, identification, and characterization of chemical and microbial hazards in food. Ethel LaValley Indigenous Representative Mayor, Township of South Algonquin Ethel LaValley is an Algonquin Elder of the Pikwakanagan First Nation. A strong female leader in the union movement, she was the first Indigenous OPSEU Region 3 Executive Board Member and Vice President, the Highest-Ranking Female Officer at the Ontario Federation of Labour, and the first Canadian Labour Congress Aboriginal Vice-President. A community activist, Ethel was elected to Council, becoming Mayor of the Township of South Algonquin, and serving four terms as Vice President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. She continues to be engaged as an Elder at traditional openings and gatherings and speaks on issues affecting Indigenous people. Genevieve Tanguay, PhD Committee Chair Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada Dr Tanguay is Vice-Chief Science Adviser of Canada. She was the first woman Vice President Research at the National Research Council of Canada. Previously, she served as Vice-Rector Research at the University of Montreal and Assistant Deputy Minister for Research and Innovation in the Government of Québec. Throughout her career Dr Tanguay has been recognised as a science policy leader both in Québec and in Canada. Josephine Nalbantoglu, PhD Graduate Studies Representative Associate Provost (Graduate Education), Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University Taylor Volappi Trainee Representative OHAP CREATE Program Research involving the unexplored intricate interactions between hosts and parasites has always been my passion. My planned work centers around elucidating the infection ecology of Echinococcus multilocularis within its various hosts in Western Canada, and using laboratory techniques to determine the pathogenicity of the various strains located here.

  • Schedule | OHAP

    Training Schedule Communication Studio Hybrid ​ ​ Communications Basics (Part 1 - Content Development): Effective content is dependent upon 3 things: understanding and meeting your audience where they are, strategic sequencing of the correct arguments, and integrating stories to facilitate engagement, comprehension and memory. This workshop tackles all 3. Offered by Teaching and Learning Services. McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory Communication Studio Hybrid ​ ​ Communications Basics (Part 2 - Designing Effective Visuals): The key to visuals is developing complementary impact. Three things can be achieved: 1) fast-track comprehension, 2) trigger emotion, 3) create memories. This workshop details how. Specifically, we’ll review examples and review key PowerPoint features. Offered by Teaching and Learning Services. McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory Communication Studio Hybrid ​ ​ Communications Basics (Part 3 - Delivery Strategies): The two most important delivery tools to increase connection, credibility and comprehension are body language and voice. We’ll show you how. We’ll also review overcoming nerves and set-up strategies for both in-person and virtual presenting. Offered by Teaching and Learning Services. McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory Policy Studio Hybrid ​ ​ Government Agencies & What They Do , with opportunities for networking. Offered by Prof. Jen Ronholm and representatives from the CFIA, HC, AAFC, DFO. McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory Communication Studio Hybrid ​ ​ Communicating Science to the General Public Offered by the Lister Family Engaged Science Initiative McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory Communication Studio Hybrid ​ ​ Communicating Science to the Media Offered by Prof. Jen Ronholm McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory Communication Studio Hybrid September 28, 2023 1:30 p.m. Communicating Science to Policy Makers Offered by Hone Communications McGill University - Macdonald Campus, Lakeshore Road, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, QC, Canada MSc, PhD Mandatory

  • Trainees | OHAP

    Our Trainees Health agencies at all levels of government recognize the importance of One Health training in monitoring and containing FWVZ pathogens in Canada and around the world. Scientists with experience in public policy are equally in demand in private industry as they navigate the regulatory frameworks for new drugs and diagnostic tests. ​ To stop the transmission of FWMZ pathogen transmission, scientists must learn to effectively communicate facts and evidence with the public, media, and policymakers. Our trainees are One Health-minded scientists with the skills needed to navigate complex social and political landscapes and support the development of regulations to manage global health crises. Melika Amoueian Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University I have recently graduated from the University of Tehran with a Bachelor's degree in microbiology, and my research interests revolve around investigating the interactions between hosts and parasites, particularly viruses like Nipah. Currently, my project is focused on exploring the antiviral mechanisms of IFITMs against NiV. Gillian Cameron Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Gillian’s PhD thesis focuses on how copper affects the pathogen Legionella pneumophila . Her research aims to characterize the environmental conditions and mutations that lead to the emergence of copper resistance in L. pneumophila and examine the efficacy of using copper in Legionella control. Audrey Corbeil Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal My PhD thesis interests revolve around extracellular vesicles (EVs), with a focus on the protozoan parasite Leishmania . My project aims to characterize this parasite and their EVs in the context of drug resistance and RNAi pathway modifications to gain a better understanding of their influence on parasite-parasite and parasite-vector interactions. Sarah Donald Department of Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph Sarah is a MSc candidate whose research project focuses on natural products, with an interest in antimicrobials that are encoded by biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Sarah’s project involves BGCs located on large plasmids found in actinomycetes, specifically BGCs on plasmids which contain prophage regions. Ivan Drahun Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University My doctoral work investigates the vector competence of mosquito species, both native and invasive to Canada; specifically, their capability for infection with arthropod-borne viruses (e.g., West Nile and Zika viruses). I am also exploring the use of insect-specific viruses as a means of vector control and arbovirus transmission reduction. Rafael Fernandes Ferreira Département de Pathologie et Microbiologie, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal I investigated, in my masters, and I’m currently working on phenotypic differences in Leishmania resistance to drugs. I aspire working as a researcher within institutes, organizations, universities, or the pharmaceutical industry, with the aim of advancing the development of improved strategies for the treatment and control of infections. Alexandra Foley-Eby Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan I focus on maternally transmitted strain-specific immunity in mice, against the Lyme disease bacterium. Immunology in Lyme has become a passion of mine as it pertains to prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and monitoring. For my future, I want to include more veterinary expertise, experience, and data in discussions, as well as prioritize patient-driven research. Paul Glenn Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Paul evaluates the effect of disinfectants on the transfer of antibiotic resistance from bacteria present on food to Salmonella enterica . He aims to test disinfectants and surface sanitizers that are commonly used in the food industry to guide the regulation of these compounds and reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance. Yuxin Hu Department of Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph After recently graduating from McGill University with BSc in Food Science & BSc in Nutritional Science, I am starting my graduate studies at University of Guelph. My graduate work will be centered on food safety and microbiology, with a focus on bacteriophages. Fiona Hui Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University My research interest centers around the dynamic interactions among host microbiomes, their metabolomic profiles, and environmental exposures (including food, pathogens, drugs and other chemicals). We focus on utilizing computational approaches to analyze big data and to gain insights into their complex relationships. Cody Koloski Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan My interests include insect and arthropod vectors (ticks and mosquitoes), and the pathogens they harbor. My prior work characterized the molecular mechanisms of tick repellents. Presently, I devote my research to unraveling the complexities of superinfections of Borrelia burgdorferi in mice and subsequent transmission to feeding ticks. Natalia Lorenc Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Natalia’s project focuses on antimicrobial resistance in Canadian aquaculture. She's working on identifying antibiotic resistant bacteria in aquatic food production and investigating the transfer pathways of antibiotic resistant genes in the food supply chain. Natalia’s research aims to develop intervention strategies to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials used in Canada. Yuxiao Lu Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University My research interests center on the development of a microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” device that couples isothermal amplification method for specific and rapid detection of foodborne pathogens during fresh produce processing. We currently focus on developing a microfluidic device coupled recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) with lateral flow assay (LFA) to screen norovirus in real food samples. Cody Malone Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Cody’s PhD work is on the zoonotic food-borne parasite, Trichinella , in the North American North. Cody aims to characterize the newly discovered species, T. chanchalensis , and to provide meaningful information that those in the North can use to make informed decisions about the infection risk of consuming wild carnivores and omnivores. Giuliana Matta Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Giuliana recently graduated with a Bachelors in Life Sciences. She hopes to expand her knowledge on viruses and learn how they invade host cells. Her graduate studies focus on the Nipah Virus host cell attachment and budding, specifically the actin cytoskeleton's function in the M protein. Ultimately, Giuliana believes there is much more to discover in this complicated field. Taylor Volappi Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Research involving the unexplored intricate interactions between hosts and parasites has always been my passion. My planned work centers around elucidating the infection ecology of Echinococcus multilocularis within its various hosts in Western Canada, and using laboratory techniques to determine the pathogenicity of the various strains located here.

  • Collaborators | OHAP

    Our Collaborators Our wide pool of academic and non-academic collaborators contribute to the OHAP program through guest lectures, training in Studios, planning and implementing our Policy Challenges, speaking in our Forums, and mentoring our trainees. Some have also expressed interest in hosting interns, giving critical government and industry experience to our trainees. Marie Breton, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Dr. Marie Breton is the Section Head of the Standard Setting Section, developing policies to minimize food risks, advising consumers on food practices, and evaluating microbiological methods. Recent work includes the revision of HC’s Listeria Policy (2023), risk analysis for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), and microbiological criteria review for the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. Aime Brown, DVM Animal Health Strategic Planning and Research Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Climate change risks are complex and interconnected, and impacts can propagate through natural and human systems in ways that are difficult to anticipate. My interest is to study these interconnections through a One Health approach that collaboratively incorporates Indigenous knowledge to better equip Canada to anticipate, prevent and respond to complex challenges. Catherine Carrillo, PhD Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Dr. Carrillo's research program is focused on the application of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) technologies for the detection, identification and characterization of foodborne bacterial pathogens. Dr. Carrillo currently leads the sequencing component of the interdepartmental Genomics Research and Development Initiative project on antimicrobial resistance (GRDI-AMR). Maud Carron, DVM, MSc, PhD Animal Health Risk Assessment & Intelligence Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency I work on intersectoral risk assessments topics, such as HPAI pandemic and human health risks. I was involved in developing OH capacity-building frameworks with the World Organisation for Animal Health/World Health Organization and in projects related to climate change and animal health. Angela Catford, MASc Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Angela is the Section Head of the Health Risk Assessment Section, assessing microbial contaminants in food and identifying their risk to human health. This section supports the management of food safety incidents and completes risk analysis projects, monitoring food safety intelligence signals and emerging issues and analysing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Brent Dixon, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Dr. Brent Dixon is a research scientist in the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada. His research focuses on the detection and molecular characterization of food-borne parasites. His laboratory uses a variety of technologies for concentrating and detecting these parasites in foods, as well as in environmental and clinical samples. Mélissa Duplessis, PhD Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Dr. Duplessis is a research scientist in smart and sustainable dairy production, with a special focus in B-vitamin and trace mineral nutrition, based at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre. Through a One Health approach, her research program aims to develop knowledge for sustainable dairy production and cow and calf health optimization, helping dairy nutritionists and producers. Shannon French, PhD Animal Health Strategic Planning and Research Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency My interest is in the geographic and environmental epidemiology of pathogens like HPAI that exist at the interface of domestic animals and wildlife, particularly those with zoonotic potential. Understanding the affects of anthropogenic environmental change can help to prepare Canadians for novel, emerging and expanding diseases moving forward. Alexander Gill, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada I head the Verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) laboratory at BMH. My research areas include the development of methods for the detection of VTEC in food samples, VTEC virulence genes, the potential for VTEC to survive in foods, and decontamination technologies. Jessica P. Gillung, PhD Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University My research focuses on the evolution, ecology, and natural history of insects. My lab has pioneered a data-driven and specimen-focused approach to increase our knowledge of insect biology and develop tools to understand the mechanisms underlying the maintenance and loss of insect biodiversity. Hongsheng Huang, PhD Ottawa Laboratory, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Dr. Hongsheng Huang’s research mainly focuses on the development of methods for the detection and molecular characterization of food-borne bacterial pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance genes in food and environment. His lab uses various approaches including bacterial isolation, molecular and immunological detection and genomic characterization. Steven Leadbeater, MSc St. Andrews Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Lead Biologist on the aquatic animal health program with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in New Brunswick. Currently collaborating with research team with Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada (AAFC) and industry on improving disease resilience of farmed Atlantic salmon and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in through One Health approach, including the use of probiotics. Christine Liu, PhD Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Collaborate with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) on improving disease resilience of Atlantic salmon and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in Canadian finfish aquaculture through One Health approach, including the use of probiotics. Neda Nasheri, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada Neda is a research scientist and the head of the food virology laboratory at Health Canada. She is also an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. Her research interests and projects include detection, genomic characterization, and inactivation of foodborne viruses. Francisco Olea Popelka, PhD Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University I was one of the main authors of the Zoonotic Tuberculosis Road Map, and continue to lead global efforts to control bovine, human, and zoonotic TB with multiple institutions globally. Since 2021, I have worked as part of the Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Health and Development (APCAT), implementing a dog’s Rabies vaccination campaign in Bali, Indonesia. Patrick Owen, PhD Québec Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research Capacity Enhancement Coordinator for the Québec Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research, which aims to improve Indigenous Peoples' health through the assertion of Indigenous understandings of health, fostering innovative community-based and scientifically excellent research. Patrick is also a lecturer at the School of Nutrition, specializing in ethnobotany and evolutionary health. Franco Pagotto, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada Dr. Pagotto’s lab studies foodborne pathogens Listeria monocytogenes and Cronobacter sp. , including microbiological hazard identification and risk assessment, molecular typing and genomic characterization, and pathogenesis and virulence determinants. Dr. Pagotto is a PulseNet Canada steering committee member and Listeriosis Reference Centre for Canada co-director. Renée Petri, PhD Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Dr. Renée Petri is a research scientist working on the rumen microbiome and digestive system of livestock animals, based at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Dr. Petri's research program aims to improve dairy cattle health, nutrient utilization, and environmental performance by understanding and altering microbiome function. Reza Salavati, PhD Institute of Parasitology, McGill University The lab investigates gene regulation in trypanosomatid pathogens implicated in global health in response to environmental shifts like varying hosts. The primary objective is identifying therapeutic targets to mitigate these pathogens' adverse health impacts worldwide. Dor Salomon, PhD Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University My lab studies bacterial toxins and secretion systems, focusing on their effect on interbacterial interactions, anti-phage defenses, and virulence. We work on human, plant, and aquatic pathogens, such as Vibrio, Aeromonas, and Pantoea. Marilyn Scott, PhD Institute of Parasitology, McGill University We recently demonstrated that intestinal nematode infection of mice promotes earlier neurological development in uninfected offspring, and that prior exposure to a putative cue released by ectoparasite-infected guppies impedes Gyrodactylus spread. I also completed a review suggesting that host-helminth-environment interactions may increase resilience to environmental change. Nariman Shahhosseini, PhD Center for Vector-Borne Diseases, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Dr. Nariman Shahhosseini is the Head of Center for Vector-Borne Diseases at Canadian Food Inspection Agency. His research focuses on novel/emerging zoonotic viruses, as well as arboviruses and associated vectors. He integrates virology, entomology and bioinformatics to better understand virus/vector ecology, and predict spillover events into humans in order to prevent future outbreaks. Jaswinder Singh, PhD Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability (GEFSES) NSERC-CREATE Program One of the century’s great challenges is to provide nutritional and sustainable foods to meet the demands of an expanding global population. My program lays the foundation for unique methods to identify biotic and abiotic stress-associated genes in cereals, capitalizing on modern genomics, biotechnology, and gene editing to develop next-generation climate-resilient crops. Neil Strand Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Neil is the Section Head of the Novel Foods Section, conducting pre-market assessment of novel foods and maintaining up-to-date guidance regarding novelty and safety assessments. Recent work includes updating Health Canada’s Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods to address innovations in plant breeding and ongoing work addressing food innovation in cellular agriculture. Traian Sulea, PhD Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre, National Research Council Canada I lead the NRC’s Molecular Modelling Team with a current research focus on the design and optimization of innovative biologics and therapeutic antibodies against cancer, neurological disorders and infectious diseases. We develop and apply a wide array of molecular simulation and bioinformatics methods from classical mechanics to machine learning models. Sandeep Tamber, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada My research centers on bacterial pathogens and food safety. Specifically, I work with Salmonella and Vibrio species and study their behaviour in food and food production environments. The goal of my research is to advance standard setting, guidance and policy related to food safety. I have also have projects related to antimicrobial resistance and its role in food safety. Xin Zhao, PhD Department of Animal Science, McGill University The objective of my research program is to design, validate, and apply innovative approaches to improve the management of livestock in order to prevent and control disease. Specifically, we are working on the reduction of antibiotics usage in farm animals, antimicrobial resistance in bacteria of animal origins and bovine mastitis.

  • Trainees | OHAP

    Our Trainees Health agencies at all levels of government recognize the importance of One Health training in monitoring and containing FWVZ pathogens in Canada and around the world. Scientists with experience in public policy are equally in demand in private industry as they navigate the regulatory frameworks for new drugs and diagnostic tests. ​ To stop the transmission of FWMZ pathogen transmission, scientists must learn to effectively communicate facts and evidence with the public, media, and policymakers. Our trainees are One Health-minded scientists with the skills needed to navigate complex social and political landscapes and support the development of regulations to manage global health crises. Melika Amoueian Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University I have recently graduated from the University of Tehran with a Bachelor's degree in microbiology, and my research interests revolve around investigating the interactions between hosts and parasites, particularly viruses like Nipah. Currently, my project is focused on exploring the antiviral mechanisms of IFITMs against NiV. Gillian Cameron Department of Natural Resource Sciences, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Gillian’s PhD thesis focuses on how copper affects the pathogen Legionella pneumophila . Her research aims to characterize the environmental conditions and mutations that lead to the emergence of copper resistance in L. pneumophila and examine the efficacy of using copper in Legionella control. Audrey Corbeil Department of Pathology and Microbiology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Université de Montréal My PhD thesis interests revolve around extracellular vesicles (EVs), with a focus on the protozoan parasite Leishmania . My project aims to characterize this parasite and their EVs in the context of drug resistance and RNAi pathway modifications to gain a better understanding of their influence on parasite-parasite and parasite-vector interactions. Sarah Donald Department of Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph Sarah is a MSc candidate whose research project focuses on natural products, with an interest in antimicrobials that are encoded by biosynthetic gene clusters (BGCs). Sarah’s project involves BGCs located on large plasmids found in actinomycetes, specifically BGCs on plasmids which contain prophage regions. Ivan Drahun Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Mathematics and Science, Brock University My doctoral work investigates the vector competence of mosquito species, both native and invasive to Canada; specifically, their capability for infection with arthropod-borne viruses (e.g., West Nile and Zika viruses). I am also exploring the use of insect-specific viruses as a means of vector control and arbovirus transmission reduction. Rafael Fernandes Ferreira Département de Pathologie et Microbiologie, Faculté de Médecine Vétérinaire, Université de Montréal I investigated, in my masters, and I’m currently working on phenotypic differences in Leishmania resistance to drugs. I aspire working as a researcher within institutes, organizations, universities, or the pharmaceutical industry, with the aim of advancing the development of improved strategies for the treatment and control of infections. Alexandra Foley-Eby Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan I focus on maternally transmitted strain-specific immunity in mice, against the Lyme disease bacterium. Immunology in Lyme has become a passion of mine as it pertains to prevention, diagnostics, treatment, and monitoring. For my future, I want to include more veterinary expertise, experience, and data in discussions, as well as prioritize patient-driven research. Paul Glenn Department of Animal Science, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Paul evaluates the effect of disinfectants on the transfer of antibiotic resistance from bacteria present on food to Salmonella enterica . He aims to test disinfectants and surface sanitizers that are commonly used in the food industry to guide the regulation of these compounds and reduce the spread of antibiotic resistance. Yuxin Hu Department of Food Science, Ontario Agricultural College, University of Guelph After recently graduating from McGill University with BSc in Food Science & BSc in Nutritional Science, I am starting my graduate studies at University of Guelph. My graduate work will be centered on food safety and microbiology, with a focus on bacteriophages. Fiona Hui Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University My research interest centers around the dynamic interactions among host microbiomes, their metabolomic profiles, and environmental exposures (including food, pathogens, drugs and other chemicals). We focus on utilizing computational approaches to analyze big data and to gain insights into their complex relationships. Cody Koloski Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan My interests include insect and arthropod vectors (ticks and mosquitoes), and the pathogens they harbor. My prior work characterized the molecular mechanisms of tick repellents. Presently, I devote my research to unraveling the complexities of superinfections of Borrelia burgdorferi in mice and subsequent transmission to feeding ticks. Natalia Lorenc Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Natalia’s project focuses on antimicrobial resistance in Canadian aquaculture. She's working on identifying antibiotic resistant bacteria in aquatic food production and investigating the transfer pathways of antibiotic resistant genes in the food supply chain. Natalia’s research aims to develop intervention strategies to preserve the effectiveness of antimicrobials used in Canada. Yuxiao Lu Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University My research interests center on the development of a microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” device that couples isothermal amplification method for specific and rapid detection of foodborne pathogens during fresh produce processing. We currently focus on developing a microfluidic device coupled recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) with lateral flow assay (LFA) to screen norovirus in real food samples. Cody Malone Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Cody’s PhD work is on the zoonotic food-borne parasite, Trichinella , in the North American North. Cody aims to characterize the newly discovered species, T. chanchalensis , and to provide meaningful information that those in the North can use to make informed decisions about the infection risk of consuming wild carnivores and omnivores. Giuliana Matta Institute of Parasitology, Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, McGill University Giuliana recently graduated with a Bachelors in Life Sciences. She hopes to expand her knowledge on viruses and learn how they invade host cells. Her graduate studies focus on the Nipah Virus host cell attachment and budding, specifically the actin cytoskeleton's function in the M protein. Ultimately, Giuliana believes there is much more to discover in this complicated field. Taylor Volappi Department of Veterinary Microbiology, Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan Research involving the unexplored intricate interactions between hosts and parasites has always been my passion. My planned work centers around elucidating the infection ecology of Echinococcus multilocularis within its various hosts in Western Canada, and using laboratory techniques to determine the pathogenicity of the various strains located here.

  • Team3

    Our Steering Committee The OHAP Steering Committee is an autonomous group ensuring oversight and accountability. The Committee guides our strategic direction, assessing our training program to identify its strengths and weaknesses, determine if our goals are being met, and provide recommendations to continue improving our offerings year after year. The Committee is chaired by a recognized leader with experience in government, industry, policy, and academia. Members are appointed by the Program Director according to approved criteria and serve for the duration of the program. These members include experts in EDI and program evaluation alongside members representing Graduate Studies, research stakeholders, and racialized and Indigenous communities. The appointed members are joined by an elected trainee representative, chosen by their peers to serve two-year terms. The OHAP Program Director and Program Administrator serve as additional non-voting advisors to the Committee. Lynda Asiko Bulimo, MA EDI Expert Equity Education Advisor, McGill University Lynda is an Equity Education Advisor (Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Education) in the Equity Team at McGill University. Her work primarily focuses on developing and leading education-based initiatives for staff and faculty towards anti-racism and anti-oppression. Her research interests explore anti-Blackness, racism and mental health in higher education. Sean Quinlan, MSc, MBA Stakeholder Representative National Manager, Food Safety Science Directorate, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Sean is the National Manager – Food Safety Research at the CFIA. He and his team are responsible for the management, oversight, and delivery of the CFIA’s food safety research program, which is focused on the development of methods for the detection, identification, and characterization of chemical and microbial hazards in food. Ethel LaValley Indigenous Representative Mayor, Township of South Algonquin Ethel LaValley is an Algonquin Elder of the Pikwakanagan First Nation. A strong female leader in the union movement, she was the first Indigenous OPSEU Region 3 Executive Board Member and Vice President, the Highest-Ranking Female Officer at the Ontario Federation of Labour, and the first Canadian Labour Congress Aboriginal Vice-President. A community activist, Ethel was elected to Council, becoming Mayor of the Township of South Algonquin, and serving four terms as Vice President of the Association of Municipalities of Ontario. She continues to be engaged as an Elder at traditional openings and gatherings and speaks on issues affecting Indigenous people. Genevieve Tanguay, PhD Committee Chair Office of the Chief Science Advisor of Canada Dr Tanguay is Vice-Chief Science Adviser of Canada. She was the first woman Vice President Research at the National Research Council of Canada. Previously, she served as Vice-Rector Research at the University of Montreal and Assistant Deputy Minister for Research and Innovation in the Government of Québec. Throughout her career Dr Tanguay has been recognised as a science policy leader both in Québec and in Canada. Josephine Nalbantoglu, PhD Graduate Studies Representative Associate Provost (Graduate Education), Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University Taylor Volappi Trainee Representative OHAP CREATE Program Research involving the unexplored intricate interactions between hosts and parasites has always been my passion. My planned work centers around elucidating the infection ecology of Echinococcus multilocularis within its various hosts in Western Canada, and using laboratory techniques to determine the pathogenicity of the various strains located here.

  • Collaborators | OHAP

    Our Collaborators Our wide pool of academic and non-academic collaborators contribute to the OHAP program through guest lectures, training in Studios, planning and implementing our Policy Challenges, speaking in our Forums, and mentoring our trainees. Some have also expressed interest in hosting interns, giving critical government and industry experience to our trainees. Marie Breton, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Dr. Marie Breton is the Section Head of the Standard Setting Section, developing policies to minimize food risks, advising consumers on food practices, and evaluating microbiological methods. Recent work includes the revision of HC’s Listeria Policy (2023), risk analysis for Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC), and microbiological criteria review for the Food and Drugs Act and Regulations. Aime Brown, DVM Animal Health Strategic Planning and Research Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Climate change risks are complex and interconnected, and impacts can propagate through natural and human systems in ways that are difficult to anticipate. My interest is to study these interconnections through a One Health approach that collaboratively incorporates Indigenous knowledge to better equip Canada to anticipate, prevent and respond to complex challenges. Catherine Carrillo, PhD Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Dr. Carrillo's research program is focused on the application of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) technologies for the detection, identification and characterization of foodborne bacterial pathogens. Dr. Carrillo currently leads the sequencing component of the interdepartmental Genomics Research and Development Initiative project on antimicrobial resistance (GRDI-AMR). Maud Carron, DVM, MSc, PhD Animal Health Risk Assessment & Intelligence Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency I work on intersectoral risk assessments topics, such as HPAI pandemic and human health risks. I was involved in developing OH capacity-building frameworks with the World Organisation for Animal Health/World Health Organization and in projects related to climate change and animal health. Angela Catford, MASc Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Angela is the Section Head of the Health Risk Assessment Section, assessing microbial contaminants in food and identifying their risk to human health. This section supports the management of food safety incidents and completes risk analysis projects, monitoring food safety intelligence signals and emerging issues and analysing Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR). Brent Dixon, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Dr. Brent Dixon is a research scientist in the Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada. His research focuses on the detection and molecular characterization of food-borne parasites. His laboratory uses a variety of technologies for concentrating and detecting these parasites in foods, as well as in environmental and clinical samples. Mélissa Duplessis, PhD Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Dr. Duplessis is a research scientist in smart and sustainable dairy production, with a special focus in B-vitamin and trace mineral nutrition, based at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre. Through a One Health approach, her research program aims to develop knowledge for sustainable dairy production and cow and calf health optimization, helping dairy nutritionists and producers. Shannon French, PhD Animal Health Strategic Planning and Research Section, Canadian Food Inspection Agency My interest is in the geographic and environmental epidemiology of pathogens like HPAI that exist at the interface of domestic animals and wildlife, particularly those with zoonotic potential. Understanding the affects of anthropogenic environmental change can help to prepare Canadians for novel, emerging and expanding diseases moving forward. Alexander Gill, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada I head the Verotoxigenic Escherichia coli (VTEC) laboratory at BMH. My research areas include the development of methods for the detection of VTEC in food samples, VTEC virulence genes, the potential for VTEC to survive in foods, and decontamination technologies. Jessica P. Gillung, PhD Department of Natural Resource Sciences, McGill University My research focuses on the evolution, ecology, and natural history of insects. My lab has pioneered a data-driven and specimen-focused approach to increase our knowledge of insect biology and develop tools to understand the mechanisms underlying the maintenance and loss of insect biodiversity. Hongsheng Huang, PhD Ottawa Laboratory, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Dr. Hongsheng Huang’s research mainly focuses on the development of methods for the detection and molecular characterization of food-borne bacterial pathogens, and antimicrobial resistance genes in food and environment. His lab uses various approaches including bacterial isolation, molecular and immunological detection and genomic characterization. Steven Leadbeater, MSc St. Andrews Biological Station, Fisheries and Oceans Canada Lead Biologist on the aquatic animal health program with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in New Brunswick. Currently collaborating with research team with Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada (AAFC) and industry on improving disease resilience of farmed Atlantic salmon and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in through One Health approach, including the use of probiotics. Christine Liu, PhD Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Collaborate with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) on improving disease resilience of Atlantic salmon and mitigation of antimicrobial resistance in Canadian finfish aquaculture through One Health approach, including the use of probiotics. Neda Nasheri, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada Neda is a research scientist and the head of the food virology laboratory at Health Canada. She is also an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa. Her research interests and projects include detection, genomic characterization, and inactivation of foodborne viruses. Francisco Olea Popelka, PhD Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University I was one of the main authors of the Zoonotic Tuberculosis Road Map, and continue to lead global efforts to control bovine, human, and zoonotic TB with multiple institutions globally. Since 2021, I have worked as part of the Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Health and Development (APCAT), implementing a dog’s Rabies vaccination campaign in Bali, Indonesia. Patrick Owen, PhD Québec Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research Capacity Enhancement Coordinator for the Québec Network Environment for Indigenous Health Research, which aims to improve Indigenous Peoples' health through the assertion of Indigenous understandings of health, fostering innovative community-based and scientifically excellent research. Patrick is also a lecturer at the School of Nutrition, specializing in ethnobotany and evolutionary health. Franco Pagotto, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada Dr. Pagotto’s lab studies foodborne pathogens Listeria monocytogenes and Cronobacter sp. , including microbiological hazard identification and risk assessment, molecular typing and genomic characterization, and pathogenesis and virulence determinants. Dr. Pagotto is a PulseNet Canada steering committee member and Listeriosis Reference Centre for Canada co-director. Renée Petri, PhD Science and Technology Branch, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Dr. Renée Petri is a research scientist working on the rumen microbiome and digestive system of livestock animals, based at the Sherbrooke Research and Development Centre for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Dr. Petri's research program aims to improve dairy cattle health, nutrient utilization, and environmental performance by understanding and altering microbiome function. Reza Salavati, PhD Institute of Parasitology, McGill University The lab investigates gene regulation in trypanosomatid pathogens implicated in global health in response to environmental shifts like varying hosts. The primary objective is identifying therapeutic targets to mitigate these pathogens' adverse health impacts worldwide. Dor Salomon, PhD Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University My lab studies bacterial toxins and secretion systems, focusing on their effect on interbacterial interactions, anti-phage defenses, and virulence. We work on human, plant, and aquatic pathogens, such as Vibrio, Aeromonas, and Pantoea. Marilyn Scott, PhD Institute of Parasitology, McGill University We recently demonstrated that intestinal nematode infection of mice promotes earlier neurological development in uninfected offspring, and that prior exposure to a putative cue released by ectoparasite-infected guppies impedes Gyrodactylus spread. I also completed a review suggesting that host-helminth-environment interactions may increase resilience to environmental change. Nariman Shahhosseini, PhD Center for Vector-Borne Diseases, Canadian Food Inspection Agency Dr. Nariman Shahhosseini is the Head of Center for Vector-Borne Diseases at Canadian Food Inspection Agency. His research focuses on novel/emerging zoonotic viruses, as well as arboviruses and associated vectors. He integrates virology, entomology and bioinformatics to better understand virus/vector ecology, and predict spillover events into humans in order to prevent future outbreaks. Jaswinder Singh, PhD Genome Editing for Food Security and Environmental Sustainability (GEFSES) NSERC-CREATE Program One of the century’s great challenges is to provide nutritional and sustainable foods to meet the demands of an expanding global population. My program lays the foundation for unique methods to identify biotic and abiotic stress-associated genes in cereals, capitalizing on modern genomics, biotechnology, and gene editing to develop next-generation climate-resilient crops. Neil Strand Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Food Directorate, Health Canada Neil is the Section Head of the Novel Foods Section, conducting pre-market assessment of novel foods and maintaining up-to-date guidance regarding novelty and safety assessments. Recent work includes updating Health Canada’s Guidelines for the Safety Assessment of Novel Foods to address innovations in plant breeding and ongoing work addressing food innovation in cellular agriculture. Traian Sulea, PhD Human Health Therapeutics Research Centre, National Research Council Canada I lead the NRC’s Molecular Modelling Team with a current research focus on the design and optimization of innovative biologics and therapeutic antibodies against cancer, neurological disorders and infectious diseases. We develop and apply a wide array of molecular simulation and bioinformatics methods from classical mechanics to machine learning models. Sandeep Tamber, PhD Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Canada My research centers on bacterial pathogens and food safety. Specifically, I work with Salmonella and Vibrio species and study their behaviour in food and food production environments. The goal of my research is to advance standard setting, guidance and policy related to food safety. I have also have projects related to antimicrobial resistance and its role in food safety. Xin Zhao, PhD Department of Animal Science, McGill University The objective of my research program is to design, validate, and apply innovative approaches to improve the management of livestock in order to prevent and control disease. Specifically, we are working on the reduction of antibiotics usage in farm animals, antimicrobial resistance in bacteria of animal origins and bovine mastitis.

  • Policy Challenge | OHAP CREATE

    Our Annual Policy Challenge Each year, our collaborators and co-applicants assemble a unique case study based on real-world public health challenges involving FWVZ pathogens. These case studies form the basis of our Annual Policy Challenge, a year-long project culminating in a five-day all-expenses-paid retreat. ​ We challenge our PhD trainees, working in interdisciplinary teams, to pitch innovative policy solutions and outreach strategies to a panel of leading stakeholders in government and industry. Our Master’s trainees are then tasked with promoting these solutions, emulating accessible scientific media coverage, and generating public interest in FWVZ pathogens. ​ Throughout the retreat, our trainees will receive coaching and mentorship from experienced leaders in health and public policy while they put the finishing touches on their policy solutions and media coverage. Our retreat peaks on its final day, when each PhD team will present a 30-minute pitch to our panel of expert judges. PhD trainees should be prepared to answer questions and receive constructive feedback for professional development while our Master’s trainees receive feedback on their media coverage. The 2023-2024 Challenge An effective human vaccine against Lyme disease has existed since the mid 1990's. However, the anti-vaccine movement and subsequent disappointing vaccine uptake led the manufacturer to discontinue its commercial production. Thousands of people are now needlessly suffering from Lyme disease and symptoms associated with post-Lyme disease. While new vaccines are currently in stage three clinical testing, some fear they may meet the same fate. What public policies need to be put in place in Canada to ensure access to safe and effective vaccines against Lyme disease for those who want to be immunized? Lecture Slides Lecture Recording Suggested Readings Our subject-matter experts have assembled a handful of insightful articles to give our trainees additional context for this year's Challenge. We suggest that our trainees review our suggested reading to start building their policy pitches on the right foot. The year that shaped the outcome of the OspA vaccine for human Lyme disease Document Raymond J. Dattwyler and Maria Gomes-Solecki The expansion of Lyme borreliosis endemic areas and the corresponding increase of disease incidence have opened the possibility for greater acceptance of a vaccine. In this perspective article, we discuss the discovery of outer surface protein A (OspA) of B. burgdorferi, and the subsequent pre-clinical testing and clinical trials of a recombinant OspA vaccine for human Lyme disease. We also discuss in detail the open public hearings of the FDA Lyme disease vaccine advisory panel held in 1998 where concerns of molecular mimicry induced autoimmunity to native OspA were raised, the limitations of those studies, and the current modifications of recombinant OspA to develop a multivalent subunit vaccine for Lyme disease.

  • Funding | OHAP CREATE

    Supporting our Students Recognizing the financial barriers to collaboration with industry and government, the OHAP program provides successful applicants with renewable stipends for the duration of their training. These stipends are designed to allow our trainees to participate in otherwise unfunded internships and collaborative research placements while acknowledging the substantial time commitment expected from our trainees. ​ All eligible applicants will receive total stipends of up to $22,000 per year , for the duration of their training (2 years for Master's applicants, 3 years for PhD applicants). ​ Applicants facing financial difficulties may request additional need-based funding, depending on their financial circumstances and the resources available. To be considered for need-based funding, please contact the Program Administrator . Apply Now Funding Options Students may apply under one of three general funding categories. Alternative funding structures can be negotiated between your supervisor and the Program Director , on a case-by-case basis, as long as the total stipend amount equals at least $22,000 per year for eligible students. Co-Funding (Stipend Matching) Applicants at participating Universities (McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Guelph, and l’Université de Montréal) are eligible to receive $11,000 per year from OHAP for the duration of their training. This funding must be fully matched by their supervisors for a total stipend of $22,000 per year for the duration of their training. Note: Supervisors who are unable to fulfill their stipend-matching obligations may be asked not to put forward future applicants, on a case-by-case basis. Full Funding (Indigenous Applicants) Self-identified Indigenous (First Nation, Métis, or Inuk) applicants at participating Universities (McGill University, the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Guelph, and l’Université de Montréal) are eligible to receive $22,000 per year from OHAP for the duration of their training, with no requirement for stipend matching by their supervisors. Note: Supervisors with sufficient resources are encouraged to provide further funding to their students in addition to the OHAP stipend. Unfunded (Non-Stipend Applicants) Applicants at non-participating Universities or with sufficient prior funding (e.g. Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships, or similar), are welcome to participate in the OHAP program but are not eligible for OHAP funding . ​ Non-stipend applicants are accepted in addition to applicants in other funding categories and are not subjected to the same level of competitive scrutiny. Rejected applicants may also request to be considered in this category if they are able to receive alternative funding. All applicants, regardless of their funding category, must satisfy the minimum standards described in our Application Portal . ​ Note: Applicants at non-participating Universities are not eligible for travel expense reimbursement and are encouraged to find alternative funding for any costs associated with required travel (e.g. travel to and from our Annual Policy Challenge).

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