Research Areas: Group research themes include the discovery of carbohydrate active enzymes and metabolic pathways in sequence datasets, agricultural glycomics, carbohydrate-based innovations for the production of food animals.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency / Government of Canada
Dr. Amoako is currently the Director for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) Lethbridge Laboratory. He is the Head of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) Reference Lab for Anthrax at the CFIA Lethbridge Laboratory.
Dr. Azizishirazi is an aquatic ecotoxicologist and is currently employed as a water quality guidelines specialist with BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. His work is mainly focused on derivation of water quality guidelines using data produced in ecotoxicology laboratories. Dr. Azizishirazi’s research position with University of Lethbridge provides opportunities for students to become involved in the application of toxicological data to the management of aquatic ecosystems.
Dr. Bandara was previously a research scientist at the Crop Diversification Centre (CDCS), Alberta agriculture and Forestry in Brooks, Alberta from May 1999 until he retired from my position in 2020 December. His research areas are crop physiology and Agronomy. Although retired, he is currently collaborating/ conducting two research projects, (i) 'Identifying benefits and drawbacks of Brassica crops in pulse and wheat crop rotation', which is the Ph.D. thesis research component, established at CDCS test site in Brooks, and (ii).'Integrated weed management in soybean' with AFFC.
Dr. Syama Chatterton leads a number of research projects on root rots of pulse crops, particularly pea and lentil, and associated pathogen complex which includes Aphanomyces euteiches and numerous Fusarium species. Her particular research interests are on the environmental effects that impact the pathogen composition of the root rot complex and how this leads to expression of disease severity, and on the nature of the interaction relationship between multiple soil-borne pathogen species and strains on root rot development. She is also developing molecular quantification tools for soil-borne pathogens as the basis for a decision support system for pulse producers. She also leads projects on epidemiology of white mould of dry bean, and identification and importance of pathogens of faba bean, and the potential interaction between foliar pathogens and insect pests.
I am an insect ecologist employed by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre. Research in our lab covers a broad range of topics that includes study of insects affecting crops, stored grain products and livestock; insect-microbe (symbiont) interactions; and host-parasitoid interactions. We’ve also done extensive research on dung-dwelling insects and how they are affected by faecal residues of veterinary medicines applied to cattle.
Dr. Sophie Kernéis directs the Microbiology Research Laboratory at Lethbridge College. Prior to moving to Lethbridge in 2007, Sophie was a tenured Research Scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. She developed in 2015, the Antibiotic Prairie Plant Project at Lethbridge College that has the goal of identifying new antibiotics from prairie plants to serve the health and food industries.
Dr. André Laroche is a Research Scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada located in Lethbridge, AB. His research program focus on functional genomics of cereals. He is working on the physical organization of stripe rust resistance genes, the identification of new disease resistance genes and regulation of expression during wheat development.
Research interests: My research focuses on novel/emerging zoonotic viruses, as well as arboviruses and associated vectors. I integrate virological, entomological and bioinformatics (e.g. state-of-art metagenomics) approaches to better understand virus/vector ecology, and predict spillover events into humans in order to prevent future outbreaks.
Dr. Singer's research program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge Research and Development Centre focuses on unraveling the genetic mechanisms behind various performance- and quality-related traits, including abiotic stress tolerance, digestibility, lipid content/composition and photosynthesis. She is also interested in the improvement of these traits using advanced molecular breeding tools such as genome editing, especially in forage crops such as alfalfa.
Dr. Waqas Tahir is a Research Scientist and Head of the TSE unit, NCAD Lethbridge Laboratory at Canadian Food Inspection Agency/ Government of Canada. Dr. Tahir is also the head of the World Organization for Animal Health’s BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy) reference lab in Canada. Dr. Tahir’s research focuses on the identification of underlying molecular mechanisms of prion diseases, novel ante-mortem diagnostic biomarkers as well as sensitive detection methods for animal prion diseases. In his research, Dr. Tahir amalgamates various high throughput approaches ranging from genomics, transcript-omics, differential proteomics and spectral confocal imaging using both in-vitro as well as in-vivo models. Ultimate goal of Dr. Tahir’s research is to develop technologies to promptly diagnose animal prion diseases for designing mitigation strategies in a timely manner to protect public health and preserve food chain.