People

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

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

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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
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
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
Undergraduate Research Assistant (Summer 2021; 2022) and 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!