Impact of exposure to a municipal effluent on the lipid metabolism of northern pike

Join the team of our members Jonathan Verreault and Magali Houde.

Project Description

The city of Montreal’s wastewater treatment plant (WWTP) discharges approximately 2.5 million m3 of effluent per day into the St. Lawrence River. This WWTP has been identified as a main source of several contaminants in the St. Lawrence River. Recent studies in our laboratory have shown that the energy metabolism of northern pike (Esox lucius), a predatory fish in the St. Lawrence River, appears to be disturbed by the exposure to this effluent. Changes in the expression of genes involved in lipid metabolism and lipid concentrations have, among other variables, been measured in pike exposed to the effluent in their natural environment. The objective of this Master’s project will be to better understand the effects of exposure to the effluent from the city of Montreal on the lipid metabolism of northern pike. To do this, analyses of the expression of genes and biomarkers linked to lipid metabolism and oxidative stress will be carried out on pike captured in their natural environment. Relationships will also be explored between these biomarkers and concentrations of organic contaminants in pike.

Additional Information

Master’s project starting in Sept. 2021 or Jan. 2022

Requirement: BSc completed in biology, biochemistry or a relevant discipline.
Assets: Knowledge in ecotoxicology.
-Competitive Master’s scholarship provided for a period of 2 years.
-Laboratory and fieldwork.
-Collaboration between Jonathan Verreault (UQAM) and Magali Houde (Environment and Climate Change Canada).

To Apply

Send you CV and trascript (BSc) by email to:

Jonathan Verreault

Département des sciences biologiques, Université du Québec à Montréal

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