Welcome to the Alderman Lab! We are integrative comparative physiologists who study the effects of environmental stressors on neural, endocrine, and cardiac systems. From brains to biomarkers, our goal is to understand the mechanisms and consequences of stress on animal physiology. Current projects include:
- Mechanistic and functional connections between stress and adult neurogenesis in fish
- Effects of aquatic pollutants on fish physiology, morphology, and performance
- Neuroanatomy and regenerative capacity of the hagfish brain
- Quantitative proteomics as a tool for biomarker discovery and novel insights into animal physiology
Alderman Lab News
- April 2020. Alderman Lab awarded an NSERC Discovery Grant and ECR Launch Supplement to study The Mechanisms and Outcomes of Stress-Induced Changes to Neurogenesis in Zebrafish.
- January 2020. Three new papers accepted, including two papers from Sean Avey’s MSc thesis published in Aquatic Toxicology, and a new proteomics paper on alligator hearts!
- January 2020. Alderman Lab receives new funding from Great Lakes Fisheries Commission to investigate biomarkers of sea lamprey parasitism in lake trout, with collaborators Cheryl Murphy (Michigan State) and Rick Goetz (NOAA).
- November 2019. Congratulations Sean Avey on a successful MSc defense!
- July 2019. Join Drs. Sarah Alderman and Matt Vickaryous at Society for Experimental Biology in Seville, Spain for their #BrainsInSpain session: Brain Building – Plasticity in Form and Function of the Central Nervous System
- June 2019. New paper published in Nature Scientific Reports by Dr. Sarah Alderman, Dane Crossley (North Texas), Ruth Elsey and Todd Gillis entitled: Hypoxia-induced reprogramming of the cardiac phenotype in American alligators (Alligator mississippiensis) revealed by quantitative proteomics
- May 2019. Welcome to the lab Christarin Dilkumar, winner of the Dr. Anne Innis Dagg Summer Research Assistantship!
- January 2019. Congratulations Jonathan Tea for publishing his MSc thesis in the Journal of Experimental Biology!
- January 2019. New paper with collaborator Dr. Katie Gilmour (U Ottawa) and MSc student Jonathan Tea published in the Journal of Experimental Biology on social stress and neurogenesis in zebrafish.
- June 2018. New research on developmental and latent effects of bitumen exposure in sockeye published in Aquatic Toxicology.
- January 2018. New article written by Dr. Sarah Alderman on the sockeye and bitumen work published in the Conversation Canada
- December 2017. Project examining the consequence of bitumen exposure on salmon making national headlines Globe and Mail, CTV, CBC
- April 2017. New Article from the lab: Proteomic analysis of sockeye salmon serum as a tool for biomarker discovery and new insight into the sublethal toxicity of diluted bitumen
- April 2017. New article: Novel insights into cardiac remodelling revealed by proteomic analysis of the trout heart during exercise training. Authors are Drs. Laura Dindia, Sarah Alderman and Todd Gillis
- November 2016. outside-jeb article published about Dr. Sarah Alderman’s recent paper: Effects of diluted bitumen exposure on juvenile sockeye salmon: From cells to performance
- June 2016. New paper published: Effects of diluted bitumen exposure on juvenile sockeye salmon: From cells to performance Dr. Sarah Alderman, Feng Lin (SFU), Anthony P. Farrell (UBC), Christopher J. Kennedy (SFU) and Todd E. Gillis. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
- March 2016. New research paper by Dr. Sarah Alderman and UBC/Laurier colleagues featured in the Journal of Experimental biology: Evidence for a plasma-accessible carbonic anhydrase in the lumen of salmon heart that may enhance oxygen delivery to the myocardium Summary article here.