People

Interested in joining the Toxopeus lab? Please see our Opportunities page for more details, and our Research page information on current projects.

Lab Group 2022
Lab group summer 2022. From left to right – front row: Sarah, Grace; middle row: Lily, Brynn, Maranda; back row: Dr. T, Victoria

Dr. Jantina Toxopeus
Principal Investigator
Funding: NSERC Discovery Grant, StFX UCR (University Council for Research) Grant

I am an assistant professor at St. FX, where I love researching how insects survive winter and teaching biology. I take an integrative approach to research, explaining whole animal phenotypes (like being able to survive freezing) at many levels of biological organization (genes, cells, tissues, physiological systems).

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Sarah Rokosh
MSc Student

Project: Using RNAi to test the function of genes in insect freeze tolerance

Joined the lab: Sep 2021
Funding: Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, CIHR Canada Graduate Scholarship (CGS-M)

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Annika Nobbe
Directed Study Student (Fall 2022); Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2022)

Project: Proteins that interact with the actin cytoskeleton

Joined the lab: Aug 2022

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Brynn Webber
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2022)

Project: Cryoprotectant function in freeze-tolerant crickets

Joined the lab: May 2022
Funding: StFX UCR Summer Research Award

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Grace Kaiser
Honours Student (Fall 2022/Winter 2023); Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2022)

Project: Catalase expression during acclimation of freeze-tolerant crickets

Joined the lab: May 2022
Funding: Scotia Scholar Undergraduate Research Award

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Lily McIntyre
Directed Study Student (Fall 2022); Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2022); Volunteer (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)

Project: Immunohistochemistry of Hsp70 in freeze-tolerant crickets

Joined the lab: Sep 2021
Funding: NSERC Undergraduate Summer Research Award

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Victoria Adams
Honours Student (Fall 2022/Winter 2023); Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2021; 2022); Volunteer (Fall 2021/Winter 2022)

Project: Heat shock protein gene expression during acclimation of freeze-tolerant crickets

Joined the lab: May 2021
Funding: StFX Biology McLachlan Award (2021)

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Maranda van Oirschot
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2021 – present)

Project: Effect of cold and freezing on the cytoskeleton of freeze-tolerant crickets

Joined the lab: May 2021
Funding: StFX Biology McLachlan Award

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Jay Turnsek
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2021, 2022); co-supervised by Dr. James Hughes

Project: Classifying CRISPR sequences using machine learning

Joined the Hughes lab: May 2021
Funding: Ally Heaps Awards

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Lab alumni can be viewed here!