Principal Investigator

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Dr Steven M Short

I earned my Combined Honours BSc in Biology and Oceanography at the University of British Columbia in 1995. I obtained my PhD from UBC in 2002. After that, I worked at the Ocean Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a postdoctoral researcher. In 2004 I started my independent research program as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at the University of Denver. In 2007, I joined the University of Toronto Mississauga where I am an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair, Research in the Department of Biology. I am appointed as graduate faculty in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, a tri-campus graduate unit at the University of Toronto, and the Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences at University of Toronto Scarborough. At UTM, I teach undergraduate classes in Microbial Ecology and Virology and supervise undergraduate and graduate research students.


Graduate Students

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Rose Mastin-Wood

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, MSc candidate.

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Christine Palermo

Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough, PhD candidate.

Samantha Cheung

Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto, co-supervised PhD candidate with Dr. D. Grant Allen primary supervisor.

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Dylan Shea

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Toronto, co-supervised PhD candidate with Dr. M. Krkosek, primary supervisor.


Undergraduate Research Students

  • Ajandan Nandakumar, NSERC USRA, 2019

    • Project: Examining the Dynamics of a Complex Virus-Host System (NSERC USRA 2019), Evaluating the Distribution of Algae Infecting DNA Viruses in Coastal British Columbia (BIO399 2018/2019).

  • Cynthia Ton, Research Assistant


Short Lab Alumni

Graduate Students

  • Alex Paquette, MSc 2017

    • Thesis: Understanding the microbial community of a microalgal biofilm from a photobioreactor. Co-supervisor with George Espie, University of Toronto, Department of Cell and Systems Biology.

  • Dr. Michael Staniewski, PhD 2017

    • Thesis: Grazer and virus mediated mortality of freshwater phytoplankton. University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

  • Dr. Andrew Long, PhD 2017

    • Thesis: The persistence of algal viruses in freshwater environments. University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

  • Lindsey Ogston, MSc 2015

    • Thesis: The prevalence of fish viruses associated with aquaculture enclosures in B.C. coastal waters. Co-supervisor with Martin Krkosek, University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

  • Robin Rozon, MSc 2012

    • Thesis: Algal virus dynamics and ecology in the Bay of Quinte, Canada. University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

  • Oksana Rusanova, MSc 2010

    • Thesis: Seasonal Abundance of Chlorella Viruses in Two Contrasting Freshwater Environments of Ontario, Canada. University of Toronto, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

  • Claire Olsofka, MSc 2008

    • Thesis: A Quantitative Molecular Technique for Studying Competition among Strains of Micromonas Pusilla. University of Denver, Department of Biological Sciences.

Undergraduate Research Students

  • Jenna Black, HBSc 2019

    • Projects: Understanding the Complexity of a Novel Virophage-Virus-Host System (BIO481 2018/2019), Understanding the Complexity of a Novel Virophage-Virus-Host System (NSERC USRA 2018), A Complex Community of Viruses and Virophages Infects the Alga C. parva (BIO399 2017/2018).

  • Ammar Hafeez, HBSc 2018

    • Projects: Fine-Scale Temporal Dynamics of a Novel Algal Virus-Host System (BIO481 2017/2018), Fine-Scale Temporal Dynamics of a Novel Algal Virus-Host System (NSERC USRA 2017).

  • Nikhil George, HBSc 2017

    • Projects: Spatial-Temporal Analyses of Algal Virus Genotypes in Hamilton Harbour (BIO481 2016/2017), Spatial-Temporal Analyses of Algal Virus Diversity and Abundance, Throughout Hamilton Harbour (BIO399 2015/2016).

  • Yuri Chaban, HBSc 2016

    • Projects: Investigating Host-Virus Interactions Between the Freshwater Algae Chrysochromulina parva and its Virus, CpV-BQ1, Using a Modified Dilution Assay (BIO481 2015/2016), Clonal variation of viruses that infect the freshwater haptophyte Chysochromulina parva. (NSERC USRA 2015), Investigating the diversity of algae-infecting Chloroviruses and the effect of nutrient treatment on primary productivity in KSR experimental ponds (BIO399 2014/2015).

  • Amna Alam, HBSc 2015

    • Project: Biogeography of Freshwater Algal Virus Communities: An Analysis of the Diversity in Lake Ontario, Lake Kinneret, and Lake Taihu (BIO481 2014/2015).

  • Samia Mirza, HBSc 2014

    • Projects: Isolation and Characterization of Viruses Infecting the Freshwater Algae Chrysochromulina parva (BIO481 2013/2014),Virus Parasitism of Chysochromulina parva, a Gobally Important Freshwater Phytoplankton (NSERC USRA 2013), Molecular Analysis of Phytoplankton and their Viruses (BIO399 2012/2013).

  • Ankita Virdi, HBSc 2013

    • Projects: The Biodiversity of Algal Viruses in the Great Lakes (BIO481 2012/2013), Cultivation and Molecular Characterization of Freshwater Phytoplankton (NSERC USRA 2012).

  • Rawana Hayour, BSc 2012

    • Project: Which Marker Gene is Better to Study Phytoplankton Diversity and Taxonomic Resolution: psbA or 18S rDNA? (BIO481 2011/2012).

  • Michael Lagowski, HBSc 2012

    • Project: Phylogenetic Analysis of the DNA Polymerase (polB) Gene Reveals Phycodnaviridae Diversity Within and Among the Great Lakes (BIO481 2011/2012).

  • Saba Haroon, HBSc 2012

    • Project: Molecular Identification of Phytoplankton Isolated from Ontario Freshwaters (BIO399 2010/2011).

  • Michael Staniewski, HBSc 2010

    • Project: Modified Dilution Method to Estimate Grazing and Virus-Induced Mortality of Phytoplankton in the UTM Storm Water Management Pond (BIO481 2009/2010)

  • Natasha Musrap, HBSc 2010

    • Project:Seasonal Abundances of Chlorella Species in Ontario Freshwater Environments (BIO481 2009/2010), Molecular Analysis of Freshwater Microorganisms (BIO399 2008/2009).

  • Oksana Rusanova, HBSc 2009

    • Project: Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Lake Ontario Phycodnavirus Communities (BIO481 2008/2009)