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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
January 29, 2015
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
Personal Website:
Academic Background

I recently 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.

Being new to WLU, I am in the process of setting up a new lab and am keen to take on undergraduate and graduate students. If you are interested in the type of research I do, let me know.


ISI Web of Science (March 2014): ISI Articles 76; Total citations 1605H-index 23. ISI ResearcherID: I-6071-2012; ORCID: 0000-0003-3681-1166; Scopus: 23003162000.

Selected publications (current -2013)

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

Randall, D. J., Rummer, J. L., Wilson, J. M., Wang, S., and Brauner, C. J. Root effect and oxygen delivery to tissues in teleost fish. Journal of Experimental Biology. (in press JEXBIO/2013/093526).

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. Branchial Na+:K+:2Cl- cotransporter 1 and Na+/K+-ATPase ?-subunit in a brackish water-type mitochondrion-rich cells of the euryhaline freshwater white-rimmed stingray, Himantura signifer. Frontiers in Aquatic Physiology 4: 00362.

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 (10.1016/j.cbpa.2013.09.009).

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.

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 anguilliacaudatus. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 623-632.

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.