I want to be …a Toxicogenomic Biologist
Name: Joy Bruno
Title: Team Leader, Toxicogenomic Biologist Group
Education: Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Science from Capilano University in North Vancouver and Bachelor of Science (Hon.) in Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby.
Current work at Environment Canada: Joy studies the effects of chemical effluent or toxicants on genes using toxicogenomic studies. She examines gene expression changes in fish and amphibians after they are exposed to a toxic substance. The data gathered from these studies will ultimately work to prevent pollution by minimizing the impact toxic substances have on aquatic species.
Where she works: Most of the studies are conducted within the Lab centre of the Pacific Environmental Science Centre (Vancouver, BC). Some field work is also completed with Environment Canada’s partners, including a recent eight-week study in Okanagan, BC to learn the effects of pesticides on the aquatic life in the area.
Why this work is important: Joy’s work is contributing to Environment Canada’s mandate to ensure aquatic ecosystems are conserved and protected within Canada.
Photo: © Environment Canada, 2010.
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