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Department of Biological Sciences
A. Joffre Mercier, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
St. Catharines, Ontario
Telephone: (905) 688-5550 ext. 3832
B.Sc.: McGill University, June, 1976, Major in Biology (Neurobiology)
M.Sc.: McGill University, June, 1979, Biology (Cellular Biology)
Ph.D.: University of Calgary, June, 1984, Biology (Neuromuscular Physiology)
B. ACADEMIC POSITIONS HELD
Professor, Brock University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1 July, 1999 - present.
Interim Dean, Faculty of Mathematics & Science, Brock University, 1 Oct., 2007 - 30 June, 2008.
Director, Centre for Neuroscience, Brock University, 1 January – 30 June, 2003, 1 July, 2006- 30 September, 2007.
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences, Brock University, 1 July, 2003 – 30 June, 2006.
Visiting Scientist, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY, 28 Oct. – 8 Dec., 2002.
Associated Graduate Faculty, Biophysics Interdepartmental Group, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, 29 January, 1997 - present
Associate Professor (Tenured), Brock University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1 July, 1994 - 30 June, 1999.
Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Brock University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1 July, 1993 - 30 June, 1994
Assistant Professor (Temporary), Brock University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1 July, 1989 - 30 June, 1993
Instructor, Brock University, Department of Biological Sciences, 1 Sept., 1988 - 30 April, 1989
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Toronto, Department of Physiology, 1 Sept., 1986 - 1 July, 1989 (Supervisor, Dr. H.L. Atwood)
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Iowa, Department of Zoology, 1 Jan., 1984 - 1 Sept., 1986 (Supervisor, Dr. S.B. Kater)
Ph.D. Student, University of Calgary, Department of Biology, May, 1979 - December, 1983 (Supervisor, Dr. J.L. Wilkens)
Research Assistant, University of Calgary, Department of Biology, Sept., 1978 - Jan., 1979 (Supervisor, Dr. J.L. Wilkens)
M.Sc. Student, McGill University, Department of Biology, Sept., 1976 - Aug., 1978 (Supervisor, Dr. R.J. Poole)
C. ACADEMIC DISTINCTIONS AND AWARDS
University Scholar, McGill University (1973, 1974)
Province of Alberta Government Scholarship (May, 1980 - Sept., 1981)
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Studentship (Sept., 1981 - Nov., 1983)
Grass Fellow in Neurophysiology (June - Aug., 1982)
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Stipend (Partial) (1984)
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellowship (1984-1987)
D. PROFESSIONAL AND RELATED EXPERIENCE
Member, GSC 30 (Animal Biology), 1999-2001
Member, GSC 34 (Selection Committee in Life Sciences – Major equipment and major installation grants), 2000-01
Member and Co-Chair, GSC 1011 (Integrative Animal Biology), Panel B, 2001-02
Member, Ad Hoc Committee for MFA grant applications (2005-06)
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee for MRS grant applications (2006-07)
E. GRANTS OBTAINED
1) Recent External Grants:
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada: Principal Investigator, Project Title: Invertebrate neuropeptides: physiological roles & mechanisms of action: Discovery Grant ($39,190 per annum, 1 April, 2003 - 31 March, 2007)
Canadian Foundation for Innovation: Co-Applicant; Project title: Optimizing human development: Experiential influences on brain/behaviour maturation; Ron Racine (Principal Investigator) & 12 other researchers at Brock University & McMaster University; Equipment & Infrastructure: $2,254,320 (March, 2002)
2) Recent Internal Grants:
Brock University Advancement Fund competition - Subvention for Scholarly Conferences and Workshops - "Southern Ontario Neuroscience Conference, May 2004 " ($2,000)
CIHR Team Development Grant (Brock University): Co-applicant with Dr. Fiona Hunter (Dept. of Biol. Sci., Brock University); Project Title: Characterization of a novel paralytic toxin from aquatic Atherix larvae ($5,000; 2003)
Students supervised and trained:
As primary supervisor:
Ph.D. students: 1 (current)
M.Sc. students: 9 (1 current; 6 completed)
B.Sc. Honours students: 31 (0 current; 31 completed)
NSERC summer students: 5
M.Sc. students: 2 (0 current; 2 completed)
B.Sc. Honours students: 7 (7 completed)
Recent M.Sc. Theses:
Mottershead, M. (2007) Mechanisms of long-term adaptation of crayfish synaptic transmission. M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
May, H. (2007) Responses of crayfish to a reflective environment. M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Drozdz, J. (2005) Effects of reflection and social isolation on crayfish behaviour. M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Dunn, T.W. (2003) Mechanisms of synaptic modulation by neuropeptides in crayfish and Drosophila . M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Jonz, M.G. (2000) Isolation and characterization of the sex pheromone of the sugar beet cyst nematode, Heterodera schachtii , and an analysis of precopulatory behaviour. M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Klose, M.K. (2000) Effects of a hydroxy-cinnamoyl conjugate of spermidine on the neuromuscular junction of crayfish. M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Badhwar, A. (1999) The role of cyclic nucleotides in modulation of crayfish neuromuscular junctions by a neuropeptide. M.Sc. Thesis, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Courses currently teaching:
BIOL/NEUR 3P90 Investigative Neurobiology
BIOL 4P84 Physiology of Excitable Cells
BIOL 5P87 Current Topics in Neurobiology or Physiology