Selected Publications


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 (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.