Christopher J. Martyniuk

Associate ProfessorDr. Chris Martyniuk - portrait

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

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

Courses Taught in College of Veterinary Medicine

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

Honors and Awards

  • Zoetis Animal Health Award for Research Excellence, 2018

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

Molecular toxicology, omics, environmental science, neurodegeneration, high throughput in vitro screening, neurotoxicology

Past and Present Funding

  • National Institutes of Health
  • European Union Horizon 2020
  • Southeast Center for Integrated Metabolomics
  • UF Genetics Institute
  • Canada Research Chair Program
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada

Current Projects

  • Pesticides and the dopamine system in larval zebrafish (F. Cao)
  • Adverse outcome pathways for mitochondrial dysfunction (D. Dreier)
  • 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 Publications

  • Loughery J, Marentette JR, Frank RA, Hewitt LM, Parrott JL, Martyniuk CJ. 2019. Transcriptome profiling in larval fathead minnow exposed to commercial naphthenic acids and extracts from fresh and aged oil sands process-affected water. Environ Sci Technol. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.9b01493. (in press).
  • Chen H, Humes ST, Robinson SE, Loeb JC, Sabaraya IV, Saleh NB, Khattri RB, Merritt ME, Martyniuk CJ, Lednicky JA, Sabo-Attwood T. 2019. Single-walled Carbon Nanotubes Repress Viral-Induced Defense Pathways through Oxidative Stress. Nanotoxicology. 22:1-48.
  • Kostyniuk DJ, Marandel L, Jubouri M, Dias K, de Souza RF, Zhang D, Martyniuk CJ, Panserat S, Mennigen JA. 2019. Profiling the rainbow trout hepatic miRNAome under diet-induced hyperglycemia. Physiol Genomics. doi: 10.1152/physiolgenomics.00032.2019 (in press).
  • Stacpoole PW, Martyniuk CJ, James MO, Calcutt NA. 2019. Dichloroacetate-induced peripheral neuropathy. Int Rev Neurobiol. 145:211-238.
  • Souders CL 2nd, Xavier P, Perez-Rodriguez V, Ector N, Zhang JL, Martyniuk CJ. 2019. Sub-lethal effects of the triazole fungicide propiconazole on zebrafish (Danio rerio) development, oxidative respiration, and larval locomotor activity. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 74:106809.
  • Dreier DA, Mello D, Meyer J, Martyniuk CJ. 2019. Linking mitochondrial dysfunction to organismal and population health in context of environmental pollutants: Progress and considerations for mitochondrial adverse outcome pathways. Environ Toxicol Chem. doi: 10.1002/etc.4453. (in press)
  • Cao F, Souders Ii CL, Perez-Rodriguez V, Martyniuk CJ. 2019. Elucidating Conserved Transcriptional Networks Underlying Pesticide Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease: A Focus on Chemicals of Epidemiological Relevance. Front Genet. 9:701.
  • Buerger AN, Schmidt J, Chase A, Paixao C, Patel TN, Brumback BA, Kane AS, Martyniuk CJ, Bisesi JH Jr. 2019. Examining the responses of the zebrafish (Danio rerio) gastrointestinal system to the suspected obesogen diethylhexyl phthalate. Environ Pollut. 245:1086-1094.
  • Yang T, Magee KL, Colon-Perez LM, Larkin R, Liao YS, Balazic E, Cowart JR, Arocha R, Redler T, Febo M, Vickroy T, Martyniuk CJ, Reznikov LR, Zubcevic J. 2019. Impaired butyrate absorption in the proximal colon, low serum butyrate and diminished central effects of butyrate on blood pressure in spontaneously hypertensive rats. Acta Physiol (Oxf). 226(2):e13256.
  • Dreier DA, Denslow ND, Martyniuk CJ. 2019. Computational in Vitro Toxicology Uncovers Chemical Structures Impairing Mitochondrial Membrane Potential. J Chem Inf Model. 59(2):702-712.
  • Vera-Chang MN, St-Jacques AD, Gagné R, Martyniuk CJ, Yauk CL, Moon TW, Trudeau VL. 2018. Transgenerational hypocortisolism and behavioral disruption are induced by the antidepressant fluoxetine in male zebrafish Danio rerio. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 115(52):E12435-E12442
  • Li Z, Li W, Zha J, Chen H, Martyniuk CJ, Liang X. 2018. (in pres) Transcriptome analysis reveals benzotriazole ultraviolet stabilizers regulate networks related to inflammation in juvenile zebrafish (Danio rerio) brain. Environ Toxicol. doi: 10.1002/tox.22663. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30315675.
  • Cao F, Souders CL 2nd, Li P, Pang S, Qiu L, Martyniuk CJ. 2018. Biological impacts of organophosphates chlorpyrifos and diazinon on development, mitochondrial bioenergetics, and locomotor activity in zebrafish (Danio rerio). Neurotoxicol Teratol. 70:18-27.
  • Yan S, Wang M, Liang X, Martyniuk CJ, Zha J, Wang Z. Environmentally relevant concentrations of carbamazepine induce liver histopathological changes and a gender-specific response in hepatic proteome of Chinese rare minnows (Gobiocypris rarus). Environ Pollut.243(Pt A):480-491.
  • Basili D, Zhang JL, Herbert J, Kroll K, Denslow ND, Martyniuk CJ, Falciani F, Antczak P. 2018. In Silico Computational Transcriptomics Reveals Novel Endocrine Disruptors in Largemouth Bass (Micropterus salmoides). Environ Sci Technol. 52(13):7553-7565.
  • Souders CL 2nd, Liang X, Wang X, Ector N, Zhao YH, Martyniuk CJ. 2018. High-throughput assessment of oxidative respiration in fish embryos: Advancing adverse outcome pathways for mitochondrial dysfunction. Aquat Toxicol. 199:162-173.
  • Loughery JR, Kidd KA, Mercer A, Martyniuk CJ. 2018. Part A: Temporal and dose-dependent transcriptional responses in the liver of fathead minnows following short term exposure to the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon phenanthrene. Aquat Toxicol. 199:90-102.

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Last updated 9 Aug 2019