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Alexander I. Culley


Regular member

Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics, Université Laval

de Médecine dentaire Building
2420 rue de la Terrasse
Université Laval
Quebec, Canada
G1V 0A6

418.656.2131 extension 408502




CEN Students / Postdoctoral fellows

Alonso García, Marta (Post-Doctorate fellow - Codirector). Microbiomes: bacterias and virus associated with bryophytes in the Canadian Arctic.

Girard, Catherine (Post-Doctorate fellow). Aerosol viruses release from the melting cryosphere: sentinel microorganisms for a changing Arctic.

Labbé, Myriam (Doctorate). Diversity and dynamics of aquatic viruses from the Canadian High Arctic in the context of a changing climate.

Langlois, Valérie (Master). Diversity and seasonal dynamic of viruses in Canadian subarctic thaw ponds.

Marois, Catherine (Master). Diversity of microbial populations in Stuckberry lakes (Nunavut, Canada) in the context of a changing climate.


Recent CEN theses

Lévesque, Alice , 2018 (Master). Study of viral diversity in subarctic thermokarst ponds.


Scientific communications

Lévesque, A., Vincent, W.F., Comte, J., Lovejoy, C., Culley, A.I., 2019. Chlorovirus and myovirus diversity in permafrost thaw ponds. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 82(2): 209-224. DOI: 10.3354/ame01893 .

Brisebois, E., Veillette, M., Dion-Dupont, V., Lavoie, J., Corbeil, J., Culley, A.I., Duchaine, C., 2018. Human viral pathogens are pervasive in wastewater treatment center aerosols. Journal of Environmental Sciences, 67: 45-53. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2017.07.015.

Comte, J., Culley, A.I., Lovejoy, C., Vincent, W.F., 2018. Microbial connectivity and sorting in a High Arctic watershed. ISME Journal, 12: 2988-3000. DOI: 10.1038/s41396-018-0236-4.

Culley, A.I., 2018. New insight into the RNA aquatic virosphere via viromics. Virus Research, 244: 84-89. DOI: 10.1016/j.virusres.2017.11.008.

Cruaud, P., Vigneron, A., Fradette, M.-S., Charette, S.J., Rodriguez, M.J., Dorea, C.C., Culley, A.I., 2017. Open the SterivexTM casing: An easy and effective way to improve DNA extraction yields. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods, 15(12): 1015-1020. DOI: 10.1002/lom3.10221.

Déraspe, M., Raymond, F., Boisvert, S., Culley, A.I., Roy, P.H., Laviolette, F., Corbeil, J., 2017. Phenetic comparison of prokaryotic genomes using k-mers. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34(10): 2716-2729. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msx200.

Mohit, V., Culley, A.I., Lovejoy, C., Bouchard, F., Vincent, W.F., 2017. Hidden biofilms in a far northern lake and implications for the changing Arctic. npj Biofilms and Microbioms, 3: article no. 17. DOI: 10.1038/s41522-017-0024-3.

Vincent, A.T., Derome, N., Boyle, B., Culley, A.I., Charette, S.J., 2017. Next-generation sequencing (NGS) in the microbiological world: How to make the most of your money. Journal of Microbiological Methods, 138: 60-71. DOI: 10.1016/j.mimet.2016.02.016.

Miranda, J.A., Culley, A.I., Schvarcz, C.R., Steward, G.F., 2016. RNA viruses as major contributors to antarctic virioplankton. Environmental Microbiology, 18(11 - Special Issue on Pathogen and Antibiotic Resistance Ecology): 3714–3727. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.13291.

Trudel, M.V., Vincent, A.T., Attéré, S.A., Labbé, M., Derome, N., Culley, A.I., Charette, S.J., 2016. Diversity of antibiotic-resistance genes in Canadian isolates of Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida: dominance of pSN254b and discovery of pAsa8. Scientific Reports, 6: 35617. DOI: 10.1038/srep35617.

Culley, A.I., Shakya, M., Lang, A.S., 2015. Viral evolution at the limits. Pages 209-222 in Bakermans, C. (Editor). Microbial Evolution under Extreme Conditions. Life in Extreme Environments, De Gruyter.

Culley, A.I., Mueller, J.A., Belcaid, M., Wood-Charlson, E.M., Poisson, G., Steward, G.F., 2014. The characterization of RNA viruses in tropical seawater using targeted PCR and metagenomics. mBio, 5(3): e01210-14. DOI: 10.1128/mBio.01210-14.

Mueller, J.A., Culley, A.I., Steward, G.F., 2014. Variables influencing extraction of nucleic acids from microbial plankton (viruses, bacteria, and protists) collected on nanoporous aluminum oxide filters. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80(13): 3930 –3942. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00245-14.

Brum, J.R., Culley, A.I., Steward, G.F., 2013. Assembly of a marine viral metagenome after physical fractionation. PLoS one, 8(4): e60604. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0060604.

Culley, A.I., 2013. Insight into the unknown marine virus majority. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS), 110(30): 12166–12167. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1310671110.

Steward, G.F., Culley, A.I., Mueller, J.A., Wood-Charlson, E.M., Belcaid, M., Poisson, G., 2013. Are we missing half of the viruses in the ocean? ISME Journal, 7(3): 672-679. DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2012.121.

Steward, G.F., Culley, A.I., Wood-Charlson, E.M., 2013. Marine viruses. Pages 127-144 in Levin, S.A. (Editor). Encyclopedia of Biodiversity. Elsevier.

Culley, A.I., Lang, A.S., Suttle, C.A., 2012. Family - Marnaviridae. Pages 850-854 in King, A.M.Q., Lefkowitz, E., Adams, M.J., Carstens, E.B. (Editors). Virus Taxonomy - Ninth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-384684-6.00073-2.

Nigro, O.D., Culley, A.I., Steward, G.F., 2012. Complete genome sequence of bacteriophage VvAW1, which infects Vibrio vulnificus. Standards in Genomic Sciences, 6: 415-426. DOI: 10.4056/sigs.2846206.

Culley, A.I., 2011. Virophages to viromes: a report from the frontier of viral oceanography. Current Opinion in Virology, 1(1): 52-57. DOI: 10.1016/j.coviro.2011.05.003.

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