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About Alexandra Merkx-Jacques

Dr. Alexandra Merkx-Jacques is a Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada under the supervising of Dr. Edward Topp, adjunct faculty of the Biology Department at The University of Western Ontario.
She obtained a M.Sc. (2001) and a Ph.D (2008) in Microbiology and Immunology at Western.
Her current area of research in environmental microbiology includes determining the impact of agricultural practices on the distribution of virulence genes and antibiotic resistance in Escherichia coli. Using a Caenorhabditis elegans infection model, Alexandra is investigating whether these traits correlate with increased pathogenic potential. These results will be used by the agricultural sector and by provincial and federal regulatory authorities concerned with developing environmental risk assessments as well as recommendations and policies related to the management of organic fertilizers.
As Vice-President of the Postdoctoral Association of Western (PAW) and the Vice-Chair of Communication of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS), Alexandra also actively advocates on behalf of postdocs.


Present Canadian Government Laboratory Visiting Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Present Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Western University

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Southern Crop Protection Ctr.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1391 Sandford Street
London, Ontario N5V 4T3


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