Lab news

08/28/2020 Congrats Sachi!

Lab member Sachi Villanueva was just awarded a Research Manitoba Graduate studentship, congratulations!

08/11/2020 Nick’s honours thesis published

The collaborative work lead by Nick Kurchaba started during his honours thesis has just been accepted for publication, it’s open access check it out here!

08/07/2020 Don’t go chasing waterfalls…

Raphael’s work on the iconic climbing gobies is now published in PBZ , we’re very excited about this collaborative work spearheaded by Raphael during his Company of Biologist funded visit to BU a few summers ago.

05/13/2020: Welcome Paola!

Paola Geronimo has just joined our ranks as a graduate students (co-supervised with B. Cassone). Coming from University of Winnipeg, for her M.Sc. she is interested in working on our very hungry caterpillars and their strange abilities to munch on plastics. Welcome to BU Paola!

03/10/2020: The waxworm goes viral!!!

Our recent work on the role of the microbiome went viral these past few days including CNN, USA today, ForbesRadio Canada, CTV and many other news outlets around the world. It’s thrilling that these little guys are making a hit, as we have lots more to do to figure out how they are involved in plastic biodegradation, stay tuned!

08/14/2019: End of Summer Lab lunch

Today we had our end of Summer lab lunch, to celebrate all the hard work the lab has done this Summer. It was also an occasion to bid farewell to our great USRA student Ellie Duncan (second from right) who will be leaving the lab shortly in order to start Veterinary school in Saskatchewan. Ellie did a lot of work with Nick to characterize our growing zebrafish CRISPR lines. From left to right: Courtney Geer, Sachi Villanueva, Nick Kurchaba, Chris LeMoine, Ellie Duncan and Harald Grove

08/10/2019: ICCPB 2019

Last week, I attended the International Congress of Comparative Physiology and Biochemistry in Ottawa where I was invited to give a talk about mitochondrial plasticity and our recent work on gene knockdown/knockout in zebrafish. It was a great week amazing science, visiting, and meeting up with new and old friends. Thanks to the LOC for organizing it!


06/04/2019: Coverage of our DEET work on Radio Canada

Trois hommes se tiennent debout devant un arbre en fleur.

Very happy that our paper with Bryan Cassone an led by Cody Koloski on the effect of DEET on ticks was recently covered by Jean-Eric Ghia for Radio-Canada (in French): 


05/31/2019: Graduation!


Congrats to all the students graduating today at BU! And specially to lab members Caleb, Charlotte, and of course Sachi (who managed to track me down for a picture)!



05/16/ 2019: CSZ conference

Nick and Harald traveled to Windsor and did a great job presenting their work at the annual Canadian Society of Zoologists meeting. Can’t wait for next year, it’ll be even closer in Saskatoon!

05/021/2019: New Paper out!

Very happy to see Caleb Northam’s undergraduate Thesis/USRA work published today, great work Caleb, and good luck at U of Manitoba for your M.Sc.!

05/01/2019: Welcome Ellie!

Ellie has joined the lab as an NSERC-USRA for the summer, working on some CRISPR fishies!

04/08/2019: NSERC-scholarship

Congrats to Sachi again! She secured a prestigious NSERC Graduate Scholarship as she joins the LeMoine/Cassone lab as a M.Sc. student.

03/08/2019 International Women’s day

Today we celebrate all the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women, including our many friends and colleagues all over the world.

We are very proud to have many outstanding women in the lab, including our honours student Sachi Villanueva that was recognized yesterday for all of her hard work and dedication to our community.

Well done Sachi!

03/01/2019 U of Manitoba Seminar

I took a little trip down Trans-Canada to give a seminar (Plastic physiology: tales from the zebrafish and the very hungry caterpillar) and meetup with friends and colleagues in the Biology Department at UofM. It was fun meeting with many grad students over lunch and catch up with the physiologists of the department!

11/02/2018 Our work featured in Research Connection

We wrote a little summary of our recent research efforts to understand the effects of microplastics in aquatic organisms, check it here!

10/09/2018 NSERC scholarship for Harald

Congrats to Lab member Harald Grove for receiving Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship-Master’s Award. This will help him in his quest to understand the hungry hungry waxworms! Check the BU News article

09/12/2018 Microplastics paper is published

Happy to announce that our latest work on zebrafish larvae is out! Our collaborative efforts show little impact of high MP concentrations overall, except for quick & transient changes in gene expression, stay tuned! MP paper

11/29/2017: Honours Presentations

All 4 undergraduate honours students in the lab presented their research progress today! They all did a great job (as did the other students!), we all look forward to see their final presentation in April. Well done all!

Honours Bio Presentation Poster

08/16/2017: CFI funding for the new core facility

We are happy and very excited to announce that we have been awarded a Canadian Foundation for Innovation grant in collaboration with Drs. Cassone and Charette  at Brandon University. This will allow us to develop a core facility, the Integrative Biology Core Facility, with state of the art equipment to pursue our research objectives.

08/10/2017: Lab t-shirt

Unfortunately, after doing some really cool work on climbing gobies (and other projects), Raphaël had to go back to Réunion Island, hopefully he will visit again soon! But in the mean time we got him a brand new prototype of the new lab t-shirt featuring the new lab logo!




08/09/2017: Special Seminar

We are happy to host a special research seminar by Raphaël Lagarde on Wednesday 9th August 9th at 3PM in BB. 3-42. Raphaël is a recipient of a Company of Biologist travelling fellowship and has been visiting the lab for the past 10 weeks to work on the biochemistry of climbing gobies. He will be giving a special seminar entitled: Cliff Fish-hangers: Timing and mechanisms of upstream migration in 2 climbing goby species from Reunion Island”. Everyone welcome!

Lagarde seminar

07/05/2017: SEB in Gothenburg

In July, I travelled to Gothenburg, Sweden to attend the annual meeting  for the Society of Experimental Biology where I presented some of our recent work on microplastics in zebrafish. As always SEB was an awesome conference with great science and good times with old and new friends there!

06/24/2016: The lab gets 5 years of funding to explore metabolic plasticity