Principle Investigator: Paul Craig

Paul received both his BSc (2002) and MSc (2004) in the Zoology Department (now Integrative Biology) pcraig pic.jpgat the University of Guelph. His master’s, under the guidance of Dr. Nicholas Bernier , focused on the stress response in trout during seawater acclimation. Paul then moved to McMaster University where he completed his PhD (2009) with Dr. Grant McClelland, where he examined the toxicogenomic effects of chronic copper exposure in zebrafish. This was in collaboration with Dr. Chris Wood, who recently retired from McMaster and has taken up a position as Adjunct  professor at UBC.  After his PhD, Paul moved to Ottawa where he completed his postdoctoral studies in association with Dr. Tom Moon. At the University of Ottawa, Paul undertook numerous projects all falling under the theme of energetics and metabolism in fish. It was at Ottawa where Paul found his passion in studying epigenetics in fish, which is the current theme of Paul’s research as an Assistant Professor in the biology department at the University of Waterloo.  In addition to his lab research, Paul maintains field based research at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre studying the physiological adaptations of the plainfin midshipman found along the Pacific coast of North America.

Paul currently lives in Waterloo with his wife Karlee, his 2 children, a dog, a cat, and 1 blue fish named Elsa.

Graduate Students

IMG_2617Hossein Mehdi (2015-2017) MSc Thesis title: “The effect of chronic, mixed stressor exposure on metabolism and swimming performance in zebrafish (Danio rerio).”

Hossein joined the Craig Lab as a Master’s student in the fall of 2015. He’s currently studying the effects of pharmaceuticals and climate change on the metabolism and swimming performance in zebrafish using a multi-stressor approach. Hossein received his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Windsor where he completed an honours thesis project with Dr. Christina Semeniuk looking at Atlantic salmon behavioural plasticity in predation sensitive context.

HeatheHeather.JPGr Ikert (2015-2016) MSc Thesis title: “Chronic effects of multiple stressors on target micrRNA, mRNA, and protein levels in parental and F2 zebrafish (Danio rerio)”

Heather joined the Craig lab in the fall of 2015 as an undergraduate thesis student, and graduated in May 2016 with an Honours Biology degree. Heather continued on in the Craig lab as a Master’s student starting in May 2016. Heather’s focus in the lab are the epigenetic generational effects of multistressors (pharmaceuticals, temeprature, hypoxia)  on zebrafish, as measured by miRNA abundance.

Undergraduate Students

img_0623Ivan Cadonic (2016-2017) BSc Thesis title “Analysis of exosomes produced by goldfish exposed to heat, hypoxia, and venlafaxine and the tissues targeted by the microRNA they contain”




Fiona Dickson (2016-2017) BSc Thesis title “Effects of Anthropogenic Stressors on Grand River Rainbow Darter Energetics”



Kevin Lee (2016-2017) BSc Thesis title “Analysis of miRNA in embryos of zebrafish exposed to heat, hypoxia, and venlafaxine in a multi-stressor approach”




Former Lab Members

Erin Laidley (NSERC USRA student; summer 2015) – Current COO of Acorn Cryotech (Velocity Labs;

Christopher Kuc (2015-2016) BSc Thesis title “Exploring microRNA effects on DNA methylatransferases in response to benzo(A)pyrene exposure.” – Currently a MSc candidate in Dr. John Vessey’s lab in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Guelph.

Shahithiya Santos (2015-2016) BSc Thesis title “Assessing the toxicity of venlafaxine on digestive and antioxidant enzymes of the intestine of adult Danio rerio when subjected to multiple environmental stressors.” – Currently working in Scarborough.

Samantha Johnson (NSERC USRA student; summer 2015) – Currently a veterinarian student at OVC in Guelph.