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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
December 4, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Dr. Jonathan Mark Wilson

Assistant Professor, Biology

Contact Information
Email: | wilson
Phone: 519 884-0710 ext.2252   |  lab ext.2512
Fax: 519 746-0677
Office Location: N3021A
Office Hours: Tuesday 14.30 to 16.30
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Academic Background

I joined the Biology Department of WLU in January 2014 after having been an investigator in the Ecophysiology laboratory of CIMAR in Porto, Portugal for over a decade. I have been pursuing a line of research in fish physiology focused primarily on elucidating the mechanisms of ion and nitrogen regulation. This work has taken me around the world and then back again. The backbone of my research is built upon the use of immuno-detection techniques complement with molecular genetics approaches to characterize the transport proteins involved in these physiological processes. My research has also expanded into understanding the effects of hydrostatic pressure on fish physiology and the wider story of stomach loss in vertebrates. I have been supported by external grants and have been actively engaged in the training of graduate students.


Publication from 2013-present. (Students under my supervision are underlined). ISI Web of Science (January 2015): ISI Articles 79; Total citations 1808 ; H-index 23; ISI ResearcherID: I-6071-2012; ORCID: 0000-0003-3681-1166; Scopus:23003162000.

1.     Lopes-Marques, M., Ruivo, R., Delgado, I.Wilson, J.M., Aluru, N. and Castro, L.F.C.Basal gnathostomes provide unique insights into the evolution of vitamin B12 binders. Genome Biology and Evolution (in press)

2.      Garcia-Santos, S., Monteiro, S., Malakpour-Kolbadinezhad, S., Fontainhas, A., and Wilson, J.M. (2015). Effects of Cd injection on osmoregulation and stress indicators in freshwater Nile tilapia. Comparative biochemistry and physiology. 167C81-89.

3.     Wright, P.A., Wood, C.M., and Wilson, J.M. (2014) Rh vs pH: The role of Rhesus glycoproteins in renal ammonia excretion during metabolic acidosis in a freshwater teleost fish. Journal of Experimental Biology 217: 2855-2865.

4.     Castro, L.F.C., Gonçalves, O.M., Mazan, S., Tay, B., Venkatesh, B., and Wilson, J.M.(2014). Recurrent gene loss correlates with the evolution of stomach phenotypes in gnathostome history. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281 (1775): 20132669.

5.     Li, Z., Lui, E.Y. Wilson, J.M., Ip, Y.K., Lin,Q., Lam, T.J. and Lam, S.H. (2014). Expression of key ion transporters in the gill and gastrointestinal tract of euryhaline Mozambique tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus acclimated to fresh water, seawater and hypersaline water.PLoS One 9 (1): e87591.

6.     Randall, D. J., Rummer, J. L., Wilson, J. M., Wang, S., and Brauner, C. J. (2014).Root effect and oxygen delivery to tissues in teleost fish. Journal of Experimental Biology. 217: 1-10.

7.     Ip, Y.K., Hiong, K.C., Wong, S.Z.H., Ching, B., Chen, X.L., Soh, M.M.L., Chng, Y.R., Ong, J. L. Y., Wilson, J.M. and Chew, S.F. (2014). Branchial Na+:K+:2Cl-cotransporter 1 and Na+/K+-ATPase α-subunit in a brackish water-type mitochondrion-rich cells of the euryhaline freshwater white-rimmed stingray,Himantura signiferFrontiers in Aquatic Physiology 4: 362.

8.     Souza-Bastos,L.R., Páscoa, M.I., Freire, C.A., and Wilson, J.M. (2014). Ammonia excretion and expression of transport proteins in the gills and skin of the intertidal fish Lipophrys pholis. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology 167A: 15-24.

9.     Wood, C.M., Nawata, M.C., Wilson, J.M., Laurent, P., Chevalier, C., Bergman, H.L., Bianchini, A., Maina, J.N., Johannsson, O.E., Bianchini, L.F., Kavembe, G.D., Papah, M.B.and Ojoo, R.O. (2013). Expression of Rh proteins in the Magadi tilapia, a ureotelic teleost fish that does not excrete ammonia. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 2998-3007.

10.  Ching, B., Chen, X.L., Yong, J.H.A., Wilson, J.M., Hiong, K.C. Sim, E.W.L., Wong, W.P. Lam, S.H. (2013). Increases in apoptosis, caspase activity and expression of p53 and bax, and the transition between two types of mitochondrion-rich cells, in the gills of the climbing perch, Anabas testudineus, during a progressive acclimation from freshwater to seawater. Frontiers in Physiology 4: 135.

11.  Costa, J., Reis-Henriques, M.A., Wilson, J.M., and Ferreira, M. (2013). Pgp and CYP1A protein expression patterns in Nile tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) tissues after waterborne exposure to Benzo(a)pyrene (BaP). Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology 36: 611–625.

12.  Wilson, J. M. Moreira-Silva, J., Delgado, I.L.S., Ebanks, S., Coimbra, J., Vijayan, M.M. and Grosell, M. (2013). Mechanisms of transepithelial ammonia excretion and luminal alkalinization in the gut of an intestinal air-breathing fish, Misgurnus anguilliacaudatusJournal of Experimental Biology 216: 623-632.

13.  Cooper, C., Wilson, J.M. and Wright, P.A. (2013). Marine, freshwater and aerially acclimated mangrove rivulus (Kryptolebias marmoratus) use different strategies for cutaneous ammonia excretion. American Journal of Physiology 304 (8): R599-R612.

14.  Xavier, C.P.R., Lima, C.F., Pedro, D.F.N., Wilson, J.M., Kristiansen, K., and Pereira-Wilson, C. (2013). Ursolic acid induces cell death and modulates autophagy through JNK pathway in apoptosis-resistant colorectal cancer cells.Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry 24: 706-712.

15.  Gregório, S.F., Carvalho, E.S., Encarnação, S., Wilson, J.M., Power, D.M., Canário, A.V.M., and Fuentes, J. (2013). Adaptation to different salinities exposes functional specialization in the intestine of the sea bream (Sparus auratus). Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 470-479.

16.  Garcia-Santos, S.Wilson, J.M., and Fontaínhas-Fernandes, A. (2013). Effects of exposure to cadmium on some endocrine parameters in tilapia Oreochromius niloticus. Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 90(1): 55-59.