Alexandre Poulain


Alexandre Poulain
Full Professor and Associate Vice-Dean of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships

Room: GNN 268
Office: 613-562-5800 ext. 2373
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POULAIN, Alexandre


Our laboratory explores the fate of contaminants in temperate and polar ecosystems in order to better predict their mobility and toxicity. Microbes exhibit tremendous and fascinating metabolic diversity. As such, we use them as sentinels of environmental perturbations and aim at a better understanding of their role as actors shaping the environment around us. Our current research topics focus on mercury (Hg), a potential potent neurotoxin, and iron (Fe), a key element in cellular and geochemical processes.

Selected publications:
  • Poulain, A.J., and Barkay, T. Cracking the Mercury Methylation Code. Science, 339: 1280-1281, 2013
  • Zdanowicz, C., Kruemmel, E.M., Lean, D.R.S, Poulain, A.J., Yumvihoze, E., Chen, J., Hintelmann, H. Accumulation, storage and release of atmospheric mercury in a glaciated Arctic catchment, Baffin Island, Canada. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta, 107: 316-335, 2013
  • Lessard, C., Poulain, A.J., Ridal, J., and Blais, J.M. Steady state mass balance model for mercury in the St. Lawrence River near Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. Environmental Pollution. 174: 229-235, 2013
  • Brazeau, L.M., Poulain, A.J., Paterson, A.M., Keller, W., Sanei, H., and Blais, J.M. Recent Changes in Mercury Deposition and Primary Productivity Inferred from Sediments of Lakes from the Hudson Bay Lowlands, Ontario, Canada. Environmental Pollution, 173: 52-60, 2013
  • Daguené, V., McFall, E., Yumvihoze, E., Xiang, S., Amyot, M. and Poulain, A.J. Divalent base cations hamper bacterial HgII uptake.Environmental Science & Technology. Environmental Science & Technology, 46: 6645-6653, 2012

Fields of Interest

  • Biogeochemistry
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbes
  • Bioreporters
  • Metals
  • Redox reactions
  • Contaminants
  • Polar ecosystems
  • Boreal forest
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