Christopher J. Martyniuk

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Center for Environmental and Human Toxicology &
Department of Physiological Sciences
2187 Mowry Road, Bldg 471
PO Box 110885
Gainesville, FL 32611
Office: 352-294-4636
Fax: 352-392-4707


  • PhD Biology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, CAN, 2006
  • MSc Zoology, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, CAN, 2001
  • BSc Biology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, CAN, 1996

Courses Taught in College of Veterinary Medicine

  • VME 6603 Advanced Toxicology (Fall)
  • VEM 5176 Poisonous Plants (Spring)
  • VEM 5172 Veterinary Toxicology (Fall)

National and International Awards

  • 2013: The Gorbman – Bern New Independent Investigator Award. North American Society for Comparative Endocrinology
  • 2013: Canadian Society of Zoology, Bob Boutilier New Investigator Award

Research Interests

Toxicology, Neuroendocrinology, Neurogenic Hypertension, Transcriptomics, Proteomics, Endocrine Disruption

Current Projects

  • Adverse outcome pathways for mitochondrial dysfunction (D. Dreier)
  • Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and the reproductive axis (J Loughery)
  • Effects of toxaphene on the mitochondrial bioenergetics of zebrafish (V. Perez)
  • Developmental effects of dipyridyl herbicides in zebrafish (H. Wang)
  • Phthalates as obesogens: Microbiome-host interactions (Dr. O. Adamovsky)
  • UV stabilizers and metabolic profiling in zebrafish (Dr. X. Liang)
  • Hybrid nanoparticles and behavior (Dr. L. Zhao)
  • Microbiome responses in the gut to legacy pesticides (Dr. H. Qing)

Recent Research Articles

Liang X, Li J, Martyniuk CJ, Wang J, Mao Y, Lu H, Zha J. Benzotriazole ultraviolet stabilizers alter the expression of the thyroid hormone pathway in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. Chemosphere. 2017 May 3;182:22-30. doi:10.1016/j.chemosphere.2017.05.015.

Zhang JL, Laurence Souders C 2nd, Denslow ND, Martyniuk CJ. Quercetin, a natural product supplement, impairs mitochondrial bioenergetics and locomotor behavior in larval zebrafish (Danio rerio). Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2017 Apr 25;327:30-38. doi: 10.1016/j.taap.2017.04.024.

Yang T, Ahmari N, Schmidt JT, Redler T, Arocha R, Pacholec K, Magee KL, Malphurs W, Owen JL, Krane GA, Li E, Wang GP, Vickroy TW, Raizada MK, Martyniuk CJ, Zubcevic J. Shifts in the Gut Microbiota Composition Due to Depleted Bone Marrow Beta Adrenergic Signaling Are Associated with Suppressed Inflammatory Transcriptional Networks in the Mouse Colon. Front Physiol. 2017 Apr 12;8:220. doi: 10.3389/fphys.2017.00220.

Slade L, Cowie A, Martyniuk CJ, Kienesberger PC, Pulinilkunnil T. Dieldrin Augments mTOR Signaling and Regulates Genes Associated with Cardiovascular Disease in the Adult Zebrafish Heart (Danio rerio). J Pharmacol Exp Ther. 2017 Jun;361(3):375-385. doi: 10.1124/jpet.116.239806.

Cowie AM, Sarty KI, Mercer A, Koh J, Kidd KA, Martyniuk CJ. The pesticide dieldrin disrupts proteins related to oxidative respiration and mitochondrial stress in the central nervous system. Data Brief. 2017 Mar 11;11:628-633. doi:10.1016/j.dib.2017.03.008.

Cowie AM, Sarty KI, Mercer A, Koh J, Kidd KA, Martyniuk CJ. Molecular networks related to the immune system and mitochondria are targets for the pesticide dieldrin in the zebrafish (Danio rerio) central nervous system. J Proteomics. 2017 Mar 22;157:71-82. doi: 10.1016/j.jprot.2017.02.003.

Feswick A, Isaacs M, Biales A, Flick RW, Bencic DC, Wang RL, Vulpe C, Brown-Augustine M, Loguinov A, Falciani F, Antczak P, Herbert J, Brown L, Denslow ND, Kroll KJ, Lavelle C, Dang V, Escalon L, Garcia-Reyero N, Martyniuk CJ, Munkittrick KR. How consistent are we? Interlaboratory comparison study in fathead minnows using the model estrogen 17α-ethinylestradiol to develop recommendations for environmental transcriptomics. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2017 Mardoi: 10.1002/etc.3799.

Sarty KI, Cowie A, Martyniuk CJ. The legacy pesticide dieldrin acts as a teratogen and alters the expression of dopamine transporter and dopamine receptor 2a in zebrafish (Danio rerio) embryos. Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Apr;194:37-47. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpc.2017.01.010.

Marlatt VL, Martyniuk CJ. Biological responses to phenylurea herbicides in fish and amphibians: New directions for characterizing mechanisms of toxicity. Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Apr;194:9-21. doi:10.1016/j.cbpc.2017.01.002. Epub 2017 Jan 19. Review.

Marjan P, Martyniuk CJ, Fuzzen ML, MacLatchy DL, McMaster ME, Servos MR. Returning to normal? Assessing transcriptome recovery over time in male rainbow darter (Etheostoma caeruleum) liver in response to wastewater-treatment plant upgrades. Environ Toxicol Chem. 2017 Jan 20. doi: 10.1002/etc.3741.

Graves SD, Kidd KA, Batchelar KL, Cowie AM, O’Driscoll NJ, Martyniuk CJ. Response of oxidative stress transcripts in the brain of wild yellow perch (Percaflavescens) exposed to an environmental gradient of methylmercury. Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol. 2017 Feb;192:50-58. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpc.2016.12.005.

Marentette JR, Sarty K, Cowie AM, Frank RA, Hewitt LM, Parrott JL, Martyniuk CJ. Molecular responses of Walleye (Sander vitreus) embryos to naphthenic acid fraction components extracted from fresh oil sands process-affected water. Aquat Toxicol. 2017 Jan;182:11-19. doi: 10.1016/j.aquatox.2016.11.003.

Marjan P, Bragg LM, MacLatchy DL, Servos MR, Martyniuk CJ. How does reference site selection influence interpretation of omics data? Evaluating liver transcriptome responses in male rainbow darter (Ethestoma caeruleum) across an urban environment. Environ Sci Technol. 2017 May 10. doi:10.1021/acs.est.7b00894. [Epub ahead of print]

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