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Field Studies

Dr. L. Robbin Lindsay
Research Scientist, Field Studies, Zoonotic Diseases and Special Pathogens, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada

Degrees: PhD (Guelph, 1995), MSc (Manitoba, 1989); BSc (Honours) (Winnipeg, 1985)

Telephone: (204) 789-6060
Fax: (204) 789-2082
Email: Robbin.Lindsay@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Research Interests

Field- and laboratory-based investigations on the factors determining the distribution and prevalence of the causative agents of zoonotic diseases in Canada, with emphasis on tick-borne (e.g., Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Babesia microti), mosquito-borne (e.g., West Nile virus and Rift Valley Fever virus) and small mammal or rodent-associated (e.g., Leptospira, Francisella tularensis and hantaviruses) pathogens.

Recent Publications

  • Ogden NH, Margos G, Aanensen DM, Drebot MA, Feil EJ, Hanincová K, Schwartz I, Tyler S, Lindsay LR. 2011. Investigation of genotypes of Borrelia burgdorferi in Ixodes scapularis ticks collected during surveillance in Canada. Appl Environ Microbiol. May;77(10):3244-54. E-published March 2011.

  • Teng J, Linday LR, Bartlett K, Klinkenberg B, Dibernardo A, Wood H, et al. 2011. Prevalence of tick-borne pathogens in the South Okanagan, British Columbia: Active surveillance in ticks (Dermacentor andersoni) and deer mice (Peromyscus maniculatus). British Columbia Medical Journal. April;53(3):122-7.

  • Hongoh V. Berrang-Ford L, Scott ME, Lindsay LR. 2011. Expanding geographical distribution of the mosquito, Culex pipiens, in Canada under climate change. Appl Geogr. (available online June 2011).

  • Krakowetz CN, Lindsay LR, Chilton NB. 2011. Genetic diversity in Ixodes scapularis (ascari:Ixodidae) from six established populations in Canada. Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases. September;2(3):143-50.

  • Makhani N, Morris SK, Page AV, Brophy J, Lindsay LR, Banwell BL, Richardson SE. 2010. A twist of Lyme: The challenge of diagnosing European Lyme Neuroborreliosis. Journal of Clin Micro. November 2010 (ahead of print).

  • Dubé MC, Bird DM, Dibernardo A, Lindsay LR, Charest H. 2010. Prevalence of West Nile virus in wild American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) of southern Quebec Canada. Journal of Wildlife Diseases, 46(2):603-7.

  • Iranpour M, Lindsay LR, Dibernardo A. 2010. Development of three additional Culex species-specific polymerase chain reaction primers and their application in West Nile virus surveillance in Canada. Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association, 26(1):37-42.
    Jardine C, Lindsay LR, Nicholson VM, Ojkic D, Prescott JF. 2010. A longitudinal study on the seroprevalence of avian influenza, leptospirosis and tularemia in an urban population of raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Ontario Canada. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases. June 2010 (ahead of print).

  • Ogden NH, Bouchard C, Kurtenbach K, Margos G, Lindsay LR, Trudel L, et al. 2010. Active and passive surveillance, and phylogenetic analysis of Borrelia burgdorferi elucidate the process of Lyme disease risk emergence in Canada. Environmental Health Perspectives. 118:909-14.

Laboratory Members

Antonia Dibernardo
Biologist / Lab Manager
Tel: (204) 789-6068
Email: Antonia.Dibernardo@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Dorothy McColl
Biologist
Tel: (204) 789-6070
Email: Dorothy.McColl@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Tyler Cote
Technician
Tel: (204) 789-6070
Email: Tyler.Cote@phac-aspc.gc.ca

Katarina Bernat
Technician
Tel: (204) 789-6068
Email: Katarina.Bernat@phac-aspc.gc.ca