Selected Publications


Dupuis-Desormeaux, M., Elia, V., Cook, C., Pearson, J., Adhikari, V., & MacDonald, S.E. 2017. Remarkable male bias in a population of midland painted turtles (Chrysemys picta marginata) at a site with a history of significant wildlife-vehicle collisions in Ontario, Canada.Herpetological Conservation and Biology,12(1): 225-232.

Durant, A.C., Chasiotis, H., Misyura, L., Donini, A. 2017 Aedes aegypti Rhesus glycoproteins contribute to ammonia excretion by larval anal papillae. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:588-596.

Gauberg J, Kolosov D and Kelly SP (2017) Claudin tight junction proteins in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) skin: spatial response to elevated cortisol levels General and Comparative Endocrinology 240, 214-226.

Jonusaite, S., Kelly, S.P., Donini, A. 2017 Identification of the septate junction protein gliotactin in the mosquito,Aedes aegypti: evidence for a role in increased paracellular permeability in larvae. Journal of Experimental Biology 220:2354-2363.

Jonusaite S, Donini A and Kelly SP (2017) Salinity alters snakeskin and mesh transcript abundance and permeability in midgut and Malpighian tubules of larval mosquito, Aedes aegypti Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 205, 58-67

Kolosov D, Bui P, Donini A, Wilkie MP and Kelly SP (2017) A role for tight junction-associated MARVEL proteins in larval sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) osmoregulation Journal of Experimental Biology (in press)

Kolosov D and Kelly SP (2017) Claudin-8d is a cortisol-responsive barrier protein in the gill epithelium of trout Journal of Molecular Endocrinology 59, 299-310

Kolosov D, Donini A and Kelly SP (2017) Claudin-31 contributes to corticosteroid-induced alterations in the barrier properties of the gill epithelium Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 439, 457-466

MacMillan HA*, Yerushalmi G**, Jonusaite S, Kelly SP and Donini A (2017) Thermal acclimation mitigates cold-induced paracellular leak from the Drosophila gut Scientific Reports 7: 8807

Masood, S., Van Zuiden, T., Rodgers, A. and Sharma, S. 2017. An uncertain future for woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou): The impact of climate change on winter distribution in Ontario. Rangifer 37: 11-30.

Misyura, L., Yerushalmi, G., Donini, A. 2017 A mosquito entomoglyceroporin, Aedes aegypti AQP5 participates in water transport across the Malpighian tubules of larvae. Journal of Experimental Biology

Nowghani F., Jonusaite S., Watson-Leung T., Donini A., Kelly S.P. 2017 Strategies of ionoregulation in the freshwater nymph of the mayfly (Hexagenia rigida). Journal of Experimental Biology (In Press)

Sciullo, L., G.W. Thiemann, N.J. Lunn, S.H. Ferguson. 2017. Intraspecific and temporal variability in the diet composition of female polar bears in a seasonal sea ice regime. Arctic Science. In press.

Tsvetkov, N., Samson-Robert, O.,Sood, K., Patel, H.S., Malena, D.A., Gajiwala, P.H., Maciukiewicz, P., Fournier, V.,Zayed, A. (2017). Chronic exposure to neonicotinoids reduces honeybee health near corn crops. Science.356:1395-1397.

Vakiloroayaei, A., Neha S. Shah, Marlene Oeffinger,Mark A. Bayfield. 2017.
The RNA chaperone La promotes pre-TRNA maturation via indiscriminate binding of both native and misfolded targets.Nucleic Acids Research, gkx764,

Verschoor,M.J.,C.R. Powe, E. McQuay,S.L. Schiff, J.J. Venkiteswaran, J. Li and L.A. Molot. 2017. Reduced iron and warm temperatures as pre-conditions for cyanobacterial dominance in embayments along Georgian Bay, Great Lakes.Can. J. Fish. Aquat. Sci. Volume 74:1439-1453.

Mark Aquilino; Paige Whyte-Fagundes; Georg Zoidl; Peter Carlen. 2017. Pannexin Channels in Epilepsy. Neurosci Lett. Accepted

Whyte-Fagundes P, Zoidl G. 2017. Mechanisms of pannexin1 channel gating and regulation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2017 Jul 21. pii: S0005-2736(17)30234-1. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2017.07.009. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID: 28735901

Whyte-Fagundes P, Siu R, Brown C, Zoidl G. 2017. Pannexins in vision, hearing, olfaction and taste. Neurosci Lett. 2017 May 8. pii: S0304-3940(17)30388-9. doi:10.1016/j.neulet.2017.05.010. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PubMed PMID:28495272.


Dupuis-Desormeaux, M., Davidson, Z., Pratt, L, Mwololo, M., & MacDonald, S.E. (2016). Testing the effects of exclusionary fencing on predation patterns in a Kenyan wildlife conservancy. PeerJ, DOI 10.7717/peerj.1681

Chen CC, Kolosov D
and Kelly SP (2016) The liquorice root derivative glycyrrhetinic acid can ameliorate ionoregulatory disturbance in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) abruptly exposed to ion-poor water Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology – Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 199, 120-129.

Dupuis-Desormeaux, M.,Davidson, Z.,Mwololo, M., Kisio, E., and MacDonald, S.E. (2016)..Comparing motion-capture cameras versus human observer monitoring of mammal movement through fence gaps: A case study from Kenya. African Journal of Ecology.DOI: 10.1111/aje.12277

Dupuis-Desormeaux, M., Davidson, Z., Mwololo, M., Kisio, E., & MacDonald, S.E. (2016). Usage of specialized fence-gaps in a black rhinoceros conservancy in Kenya.African Journal of Wildlife Research 46(1):22-32.DOI:

Adhvaryu K, Firoozi G, Motavaze K, Lakin-Thomas P. (2016). PRD-1, a component of the circadian system of Neurospora crassa, is a member of the DEAD-box RNA helicase family. Journal of Biological Rhythms. 31: 258-271.

Galicia, M.P., G.W. Thiemann, M.G. Dyck, S.H. Ferguson and J.W. Higdon. 2016. Dietary habits of polar bears in Foxe Basin, Canada: possible evidence of a trophic regime shift mediated by a new top predator. Ecology and Evolution 16: 6005-6018.

Jonusaite S, Donini A and Kelly SP (2016) Occluding junctions of invertebrate epithelia Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186, 17-43. INVITED REVIEW

Jonusaite S, Kelly SP and Donini A (2016) The response of claudin-like transmembrane septate junction proteins to altered environmental ion levels in the larval mosquito Aedes aegypti Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186, 589-602.

Kadri, S.M., Harpur, B.A.Orsi, R.O.,Zayed, A.(2016). A variant reference data set for the Africanized honeybee (Apis mellfiera).Nature Scientific Data 3:160097.

Kolosov D and Kelly SP (2016) Dietary salt loading and ion-poor water exposure provide insight into the molecular physiology of the teleost fish gill epithelium tight junction complex Journal of Comparative Physiology B 186, 739-757.

Lockyear, K.M., MacDonald, S.E., Waddell, W.T. & Goodrowe, K.L.(2016).Investigation of captive red wolf fresh ejaculate characteristics in relation to age and inbreeding. Theriogenology,86(5): 1369-1375.

Sciullo, L., G.W. Thiemann and N.J. Lunn. 2016. Comparative assessment of metrics for monitoring the body condition of polar bears in Western Hudson Bay. Journal of Zoology, London 300: 45-58. doi: 10.1111/jzo.12354.

Stutchbury B. J. M., K. Fraser, C. Silverio, P. Kramer, B. Aeppli, N. Mickle, M. Pearman, A. Savage, J. Mejeur. 2016. Tracking mated pairs in a long-distance migratory songbird: migration schedules are not synchronized within-pairs. Animal Behavior 114: 63-68.

Siu RC, Smirnova E, Brown CA, Zoidl C, Spray DC, Donaldson LW, Zoidl G. 2016. Structural and Functional Consequences of Connexin 36 (Cx36) Interaction with Calmodulin. Front Mol Neurosci. 2016 Nov 18;9:120. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27917108; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5114276.

Smirnova E, Kwan JJ,Siu R, Gao X, Zoidl G, Demeler B, Saridakis V, Donaldson LW. 2016. A new mode of SAM domain mediated oligomerization observed in the CASKIN2 neuronal scaffolding protein. Cell Commun Signal. 2016 Aug 22;14(1):17. doi: 10.1186/s12964-016-0140-3. PubMed PMID: 27549312; PubMed Central PMCID:

Van Zuiden, T.M. and Sharma, S. 2016. Examining the influence of smallmouth bass invasion on walleye populations in Ontario lakes: Can walleye beat the heat?  Diversity and Distributions 22: 1069-1079.

Van Zuiden, T. Chen, M. Stefanoff, S. Lopez, L. and Sharma, S. 2016. Projected impacts of climate change on three freshwater fishes and potential novel competitive interactions. Diversity and Distributions 22: 603-614.


Chen CC (PhD current), Kolosov D (PhD current) and Kelly SP (2015) Effect of liquorice root derivatives on salt and water balance in a teleost fish, rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss). Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology A - Molecular & Integrative Physiology180: 86-97.

Dupuis-Desormeaux, M., Davidson, Z, & MacDonald, S.E. (2015). Testing the Prey-Trap Hypothesis at narrow migratory fence gaps in semi-porous wildlife conservancies in Kenya. PLOS One.

Ferrari RR (PhD current). 2015. A new species of Geodiscelis Michener & Rozen (Hymenoptera: Colletidae: Xeromelissinae) from Peru. Zootaxa, 4033: 293–300.

Ferrari RR (PhD current), Silveira F. 2015. Phylogeny of the bee genus Euglossa Latreille (Apidae: Euglossini), with emphasis on the subgenera Glossura Cockerell and Glossuropoda Moure. BeeCon 2015. Toronto, ON, Canada (oral presentation)

Filazzola A (PhD current), Westphal MF, Liczner AR, Powers M, Johnson B, Lortie CJ. 2015. The realized niche of the endangered Blunt-nosed leopard lizard is determined by an interplay between native shrub cover and invasive grass abundance. Ecological Society of America 100th Annual Meeting. Baltimore.

Jonusaite S (PhD current), Donini A, Kelly SP (2015) Occluding junctions of invertebrate epithelia. Journal of Comparative Physiology - B (In press).

Lortie CJ, Filazzola A (PhD current), Sotomayor D. 2015. Functional assessment of animal interactions with shrub-facilitation complexes: a formal synthesis and conceptual framework. Functional Ecology. In press.

Ng MK (PhD current), Cheung P. 2015. A brief histone in time: understanding the combinatorial functions of histone PTMs in the nucleosome context. Biochem Cell Biol. 93. In Press,

Pfoh R, Lacdao IK (M.Sc 2014), Georges AA, Capar A, Zheng H (MSc 2010), Frappier L, Saridakis V. 2015. Crystal Structure of USP7 Ubiquitin-like Domains with an ICP0 Peptide Reveals a Novel Mechanism Used by Viral and Cellular Proteins to Target USP7. PLoS Pathog. 2015 Jun 5;11(6):e1004950. doi: 10.1371/journal.ppat.1004950.

Sharma S, Gray D, Read J, O’Reilly C, Schneider P, Qudrat A, Gries C,
Stefanoff S. (MSc current) 
Globally distributed lake surface water temperatures
collected in situ and by satellites;  1985-2009. Nature Scientific Data 2:

Stanley, CQ (MSc 2012), EA McKinnon (PhD 2014), KC Fraser, MP MacPherson (MSc 2014), G Casbourn (MSc current), L Friesen, PP Marra, C.Studds, TB Ryder, N Diggs and BJM Stutchbury. 2014.  Connecting breeding, wintering, and migration sites by range-wide tracking of a declining migratory songbird. Conservation Biology 29: 164-174.


Cheryomina M (MSc current), Colla S, Packer L, Stutchbury B. 2014. Assessing the
effects of parasitic infections and pesticide use on wild bumble bee
populations. 12th Asian Apicultural Association Conference. April 26, 2014.
Antalya, Turkey

Dionyssiou MG (PhD 2013), S Ehyai (PhD current), D Avrutin, MK Connor, JC McDermott. 2014. Glycogen synthase kinase 3β represses MYOGENIN function in alveolar rhabdomyosarcoma. Cell Death Dis. 5:e1094. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2014.58.

Egorova O (MSc 2014), Y Sheng. 2014. A site-directed mutagenesis study of the MdmX RING domain. Biochem Biophys Res Commun. 447:696-701.

Filazzola, A (PhD current) and CJ Lortie. 2014. A systematic review and conceptual framework for the mechanistic pathways of nurse plants. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23: 1335–1345.

Filazzola A (PhD current), Tanentzap AJ, Bazely DR. 2014. Estimating the impacts of browsers on forest understories using a modified index of community composition. Forest Ecology and Management. 313: 10-16.

Filazzola A (PhD current), Liczner AR, Westphal MF, Lortie CJ. 2014. Net plant-plant interactions change in magnitude along gradients of environmental stress and time. CSEE – Genomes to Biomes. Montreal.

Jagannathan M, Nguyen T, Gallo D, Luthra N (MSc 2014), Brown GW, Saridakis V,
Frappier L.
2014. A role for USP7 in DNA replication. Molecular and Cellular Biology 34:132-45.

Kelly KR, McKetton L (current PhD), Schneider KA, Gallie BL, Steeves JKE. 2014. Altered anterior visual system development following early monocular enucleation. Neuroimage: Clinical 4: 72–81.

Lamarque, L (PhD 2013), CJ Lortie, A Porte, and S Delzon. 2014. Genetic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity in life-history traits between native and introduced populations of invasive maple trees. Biological Invasions: doi 10.1007/s10530-014-0781-3.

McKetton L (current PhD), Kelly KR, Schneider KA. 2014. Abnormal lateral geniculate nucleus and optic chiasm in human albinism. Journal of Comparative Neurology 522: 2680–2687.

McKinnon, E (PhD 2014), KC. Fraser, CQ Stanley (MSc 2012), and BJM Stutchbury. 2014. Tracking from the tropics reveals behaviour of juvenile songbirds on their first spring migration. PLoS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0105605

Nadeem U (PhD current), Ye G, Salem M (PhD current), Peng C. (2014). MicroRNA-378a-5p targets cyclin G2 to inhibit fusion and differentiation in BeWo cells. Biol Reprod. 91(3)

Ruttan, A (MSc current) and CJ Lortie. 2014.  A systematic review of the attractant-decoy and repellent-plant hypotheses: do plants with heterospecific neighbours escape herbivory? Journal of Plant Ecology 30: 1-10.

Wales S (PhD current), S Hashemi (PhD current), A Blais, JC McDermot. 2014 Global MEF2 target gene analysis in cardiac and skeletal muscle reveals novel regulation of DUSP6 by p38MAPK-MEF2 signaling. Nucleic Acids Res. pii: gku813. [Epub ahead of print]


Alli NS (PhD 2014), EC Yang, T Miyake, A Aziz, H Collins-Hooper, K Patel, JC McDermott. 2013 Signal-dependent Fra-2 regulation in skeletal muscle reserve and satellite cells.   Cell Death Dis.  4:e692. doi: 10.1038/cddis.2013.221.

Dionyssiou MG (PhD 2013), J Salma (PhD 2012), M Bevzyuk, S Wales (PhD current), JC McDermott. 2013. Kruppel-like factor 6 (KLF6) promotes cell proliferation in skeletal myoblasts in response to TGFbeta/Smad3 signaling. Skelet Muscle. 3(1):7.

Dionyssiou MG (PhD 2013), NB Nowacki (MSc 2010), S Hashemi (PhD current), J Zhao, A Kerr, RG Tsushima, JC McDermott. 2013. Cross-talk between glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) and p38MAPK regulates myocyte enhancer factor 2 (MEF2) activity in skeletal and cardiac muscle. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 54:35-44.

Fraser, KC, C Silverio (PhD current), P Kramer (PhD current), B Aeppli, N Mickle, and BJM Stutchbury. 2013. A trans-hemispheric migratory songbird does not advance spring schedules or increase pace in response to record setting temperatures. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64587. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0064587

Hussain RH (MSc 2013), M Zawawi, MA Bayfield. 2013. Conservation of RNA chaperone activity of the human La-related proteins 4, 6 and 7.Nucleic Acids Research.41:8715-25

Jonusaite, S. (PhD current), SP Kelly, A Donini. 2013. Tissue specific ionomotive enzyme activity and K+ reabsorption reveal the rectum as an important ionoregulatory organ in larval Chironomous riparius exposed to varying salinity. J Exp Biology 216: 3637-3648.

Lamarque, LJ (PhD 2013), AJ Porte, C Eymeric, J Lasnier, S Delzon, and CJ Lortie. 2013. A test for pre-adapted phenotypic plasticity in the invasive tree species Acer negundo L. PLOSONE 8: e74239. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0074239.

Sarkari F, K Wheaton, A La Delfa, M Mohamed, F Shaikh, R Khatun (PhD current), CH Arrowsmith, L Frappier, V Saridakis, Y Sheng. 2013. Ubiquitin-specific Protease 7 is a regulator of Ubiqutin-conjugating Enzyme UbE2E1. J. Biol. Chem. 288:16975-85.

Smirnova E (PhD current), Shanbhag R (MSc 2010), Kurabi A (PhD 2009), Mobli M, Kwan JJ, Donaldson LW. (2013). Solution structure and peptide binding of the PTB domain from the AIDA1 postsynaptic signaling scaffolding protein. PLoS One. 14(8)

Spafford, R (PhD 2013) and CJ Lortie. 2013. Sweeping Beauty: is grassland arthropod community composition effectively estimated by sweep netting? Ecology and Evolution 3: 3347-3358.


Ionescu, A.(MSc current), A Donini. 2012. AedesCAPA-PVK-1 displays diuretic and dose dependent antidiuretic potential in the larval mosquito Aedes aegypti (Liverpool). J. Insect Physiol. 58(10):1299-1306.

Molenda, O,  A Reid (MSc 2011), and C.J. Lortie. 2012. The alpine cushion plant Silene acaulis as foundation species: a plant and bug’s-eye view to facilitation and microclimate. PLOSONE 7: e37223. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037223.

Naeeni AR (MSc 2012), MR Conte, MA Bayfield. 2012. RNA chaperone activity of human La protein is mediated by variant RNA recognition motif. Journal of Biological Chemistry 287:5472-82

Reid, A ( MSc 2011) and CJ Lortie. 2012. Cushion plants are foundation species with positive effects extending to higher trophic levels. Ecospheres 3(11): 96.

Salma J (PhD 2012) and JC McDermott.  2012.  Supression of a MEF2-KLF6 Survival Pathway by PKA signalling Promotes Apoptosis in Embryonic Hippocampal Neurons. J Neurosci. 32(8):2790-803.

Sheng Y, JW Wan, GV Avvakumov, JR Walker, J  Shloush (MSc 2011), S Xue, D Neculi, SK Kim, CH Arrowsmith, B Raught, S Dhe-Paganon. 2012.  A human ubiquitin conjugating enzyme (E2) structure-function screen.  Mol Cell Proteomics 11:329-41.