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Niladri Basu

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health Sciences
Associate Professor

Tel.: 514-398-8642
Fax: 514-398-7739
niladri [dot] basu [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)


BSc 1999 (Queen’s)
MSc 2002 (British Columbia)
PhD 2005 (McGill)

Active Affiliations

Associate Editor, Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry
Editorial Board Member, Environment International
Executive Board Member, University of Michigan Water Center
Science Advisory Council Member, Biodiversity Research Institute
Council of Fellows, Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research (CILER)

Current Research

The objective of Dr. Basu's program is to research, develop and apply ecosystem-based approaches to address key problems in the environmental health sciences. The focus is on applying ecotoxicology and environmental epidemiology to increase understanding of risks associated with contaminants arising from the extraction of natural resources. Key to this approach is the ability to scrutinize and integrate data across species in a comparative manner (i.e. humans along with fish, birds, marine and terrestrial mammals) and to scale responses across multiple tiers of biological organization in an integrative fashion (e.g. cell --> individual --> ecosystem).

A) EXPOSURE ASSESSMENT within the context of Environmental and Occupational Health; 

B) ECOTOXICOLOGY with a focus on next-generation risk assessment, biomarkers, neurotoxicology; 

C) ECOGENETICS with a focus on genetic polymorphisms (SNPs), gene-environment interactions, and epigenetics

D) GLOBAL HEALTH with a focus on capacity building, mining, and exposure assessments