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Pavillon Alexandre-Vachon
1045, av. de la Médecine, local 2064
Université Laval
Québec (Québec) G1V 0A6
Canada
Phone : +1 418 656 2131 ext. 404880

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Alexander Culley

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Alexander
Culley
Associate Professor
Microbial Virology in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics

Phone : 418-656-2131 #408502


Research Interests


Viral Ecology in the North
The Viral Discovery and Ecology Laboratory (ViDEL) is part of the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics in the Faculty of Science and Engineeringat Laval University. Our group is particularly interested in the investigation of the diversity and dynamics of viral communities in polar aquatic environments. Our present sampling efforts are focused on the lakes and coastal regions of the Northern coast of Ellesmere Island and Northern Québec. It takes a village to make northern research happen, and we are thus grateful to be members of CEN, GREB, IBIS, and TAKUVIK. https://www.viralecologylab.com/

Education


2007 - 2009
Postdoctoral fellowship
Microbial Oceanography at C-MORE, University of Hawaii at Mānoa, USA

2000 - 2006
Ph.D. Botany
University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada
Characterization of RNA viruses from the coastal waters of British Columbia

1997 - 1999
M.S. Biological Oceanography
Moss Landing Marine Labs, USA
Spatial distribution of marine viruses along a transect from CA to HI.

1989 - 1992
BSc Biology
University of Oregon, USA

Research Experience


Associate Professor (2018 - present)
Viral Discovery and Ecology Lab (ViDEL) / Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics
Université Laval, Canada

Assistant Professor (2013 - 2018)
Viral Discovery and Ecology Lab (ViDEL) / Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bioinformatics
Université Laval, Canada

Research Affiliate (2010 - 2013)
Department of Oceanography
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA

Postdoctoral fellowship (2007 - 2009)
Center for Microbial Oceanography: Research and Education (C-MORE)
University of Hawaii at Manoa, USA
http://cmore.soest.hawaii.edu/

Scientific Leadership


Member (2019 - present)
Terrestrial Multidisciplinary distributed Observatories for the Study of Arctic Connections (T-MOSAiC)
International consortium
https://www.t-mosaic.com/

Member (2017 - present)
Tara Expeditions
International consortium
http://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/en/

Member and CSV Université Laval delegate (2017 - present)
Canadian Society for Virology (CSV)
National consortium
https://www.csv-scv.ca/en/

Member (2015 - present)
Institut de Biologie Intégrative et des Systèmes (IBIS)
Université Laval, Canada
http://www.ibis.ulaval.ca/

Member (2015 - present)
International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME)
International consortium
https://www.isme-microbes.org/

Member (2015 - present)
ArcticNet Network - Changing nutrients and food web health in northern lakes and rivers
Université Laval, Canada
https://arcticnet.ulaval.ca/fr

Member (2014 - present)
Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS)
National consortium
https://www.cmos.ca/

Member (2014 - present)
American Society for Virology (ASV)
National consortium
https://www.asv.org/

Member (2013 - present)
Centre d'études Nordiques (CEN)
Université Laval, Canada
http://www.cen.ulaval.ca/

Collaborator (2013 - present)
Québec-Ocean (Q-O)
Université Laval, Canada
http://www.quebec-ocean.ulaval.ca/en/

Committee Member (2011 - pesent)
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses «Classification of viruses in the family Marnaviridae»
International consortium
https://talk.ictvonline.org/

Member (2007 - present)
American Society of Microbiology
National consortium
https://www.asm.org/

Member (2004 - present)
Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography (ASLO)
International consortium
https://www.aslo.org/

Awards


2007
Nominee for the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies Distinguished Dissertation Award

Publications


2020

Cruaud, P., Vigneron, A., Fradette, M., Dorea, C. C., Culley, A., Rodriguez, M. J., & Charette, S. J. (2020). Annual bacterial community cycle in a seasonally ice‐covered river reflects environmental and climatic conditions. Limnology and Oceanography, 65(S1) https://doi.org/10.1002/lno.11130

Labbé, M., Girard, C., Vincent, W. F., & Culley, A. (2020). Extreme viral partitioning in a marine-derived High Arctic lake. MSphere. https://doi.org/10.1128/mSphere.00334-20

Lévesque, A. V., Thaler, M., Labrie, S. J., Marois, C., Vincent, A. T., Lapointe, A.-M., & Culley, A. (2020). Complete Genome Sequences for Two Myoviridae Strains Infecting Cyanobacteria in a Subarctic Lake. Microbiology Resource Announcements. https://doi.org/10.1128/mra.01339-19

Vigneron, A., Cruaud, P., Langlois, V., Lovejoy, C., Culley, A., & Vincent, W. F. (2020). Ultra‐small and abundant: Candidate phyla radiation bacteria are potential catalysts of carbon transformation in a thermokarst lake ecosystem. Limnology and Oceanography Letters. https://doi.org/10.1002/lol2.10132


2019

Cruaud, P., Vigneron, A., Fradette, M. S., Dorea, C. C., Culley, A., Rodriguez, M. J., & Charette, S. J. (2019). Annual Protist Community Dynamics in a Freshwater Ecosystem Undergoing Contrasted Climatic Conditions: The Saint-Charles River (Canada). Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.02359

Gregory, A. C., Zayed, A. A., Conceição-Neto, N., Temperton, B., Bolduc, B., Alberti, A., Ardyna, M., Arkhipova, K., Carmichael, M., Cruaud, C., Dimier, C., Domínguez-Huerta, G., Ferland, J., Kandels, S., Liu, Y., Marec, C., Pesant, S., Picheral, M., Pisarev, S., Poulain, J., Tremblay, J.-É., Vik, D., Babin, M., Bowler, C., Culley, A.,… Wincker, P. (2019). Marine DNA Viral Macro- and Microdiversity from Pole to Pole. Cell, 177(5), 1109-1123.e14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2019.03.040

Vigneron, A., Lovejoy, C., Cruaud, P., Kalenitchenko, D., Culley, A., & Vincent, W. F. (2019). Contrasting winter versus summer microbial communities and metabolic functions in a permafrost thaw lake. Frontiers in Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2019.01656


2018

Brisebois, E., Veillette, M., Dion-Dupont, V., Lavoie, J., Corbeil, J., Culley, A., & Duchaine, C. (2018). Human viral pathogens are pervasive in wastewater treatment center aerosols. Journal of Environmental Sciences (China). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2017.07.015

Comte, J., Culley, A., Lovejoy, C., & Vincent, W. F. (2018). Microbial connectivity and sorting in a High Arctic watershed. ISME Journal, 12(12), 2988–3000. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41396-018-0236-4

Culley, A. (2018). New insight into the RNA aquatic virosphere via viromics. Virus Research, 244, 84–89 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.virusres.2017.11.008

Labbé, M., Raymond, F., Lévesque, A., Thaler, M., Mohit, V., Audet, M., Corbeil, J., & Culley, A. (2018). Communities of Phytoplankton Viruses across the Transition Zone of the St. Lawrence Estuary. Viruses, 10(12), 672. https://doi.org/10.3390/v10120672

Lévesque, A., Vincent, W., Comte, J., Lovejoy, C., & Culley, A. (2018). Chlorovirus and myovirus diversity in permafrost thaw ponds. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 82(2), 209–224. https://doi.org/10.3354/ame01893

Vigneron, A., Cruaud, P., Mohit, V., Martineau, M.-J., Culley, A., Lovejoy, C., & Vincent, W. F. (2018). Multiple Strategies for Light-Harvesting, Photoprotection, and Carbon Flow in High Latitude Microbial Mats. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9, 2881. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.02881


2017

Cruaud, P., Vigneron, A., Fradette, M. S., Charette, S. J., Rodriguez, M. J., Dorea, C. C., & Culley, A. (2017). Open the SterivexTMcasing: An easy and effective way to improve DNA extraction yields. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods. https://doi.org/10.1002/lom3.10221

Déraspe, M., Raymond, F., Boisvert, S., Culley, A., Roy, P. H., Laviolette, F., & Corbeil, J. (2017). Phenetic Comparison of Prokaryotic Genomes Using k-mers. Molecular Biology and Evolution, 34(10), 2716–2729. https://doi.org/10.1093/molbev/msx200

Mohit, V., Culley, A., Lovejoy, C., Bouchard, F., & Vincent, W. F. (2017). Hidden biofilms in a far northern lake and implications for the changing Arctic. Npj Biofilms and Microbiomes, 3(1). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41522-017-0024-3

Vincent, A. T., Derome, N., Boyle, B., Culley, A., & 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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2016.02.016


2016

Miranda, J. A., Culley, A., Schvarcz, C. R., & Steward, G. F. (2016). RNA viruses as major contributors to Antarctic virioplankton. Environmental Microbiology. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.13291

Trudel, M. V., Vincent, A. T., Attéré, S. A., Labbé, M., Derome, N., Culley, A., & 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. https://doi.org/10.1038/srep35617