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Guillaume J. Bilodeau

Adjunct Research Professor

Degrees:B.Sc. ( Laval University), M.Sc. ( Laval University), Ph.D. ( Laval University)
Phone:(343) 212-0283
Office:Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA),
Ottawa Plant Laboratory (Fallowfield),
Pathogen Identification Research Lab (PIRL)
3851 Fallowfield Rd , Ottawa, ON, K2J 4S1

Office hours: Monday to Friday 7am-3pm

Current Research

Since April 2011 Guillaume Bilodeau have been a research scientist at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) in the Ottawa Plant Laboratory (OPL) on Fallowfield.  He is in charge of the Pathogen Identification Research Laboratory (PIRL) focusing on research and development of detection tools using genomics for plant pathogens and support the OPL diagnostic section through research and technology transfer.  His focus lies in the planning, organizing, coordinating and conducting of research and in the development of technologies for the detection and identification of plant pests (Fungi and Oomycetes) and nematodes of importance in regulation.  PIRL has experience with molecular techniques such as PCR, qPCR, isothermal amplification, sample preparation, microfluidics, genomics and metagenomics.

Our laboratory is very active and we are involved in “big data” projects that are rich in metagenomics and genomics databases for development of new detection and genotyping tools. He currently has several research projects underway where we are using genomics to develop tools for the detection of phytopathogens and the enhancement of preparation of CFIA for regulating and controlling the spread of pathogens. Our lab is working with most recent high throughput sequencing (HTS) technologies to sequence genomes of our target plant pathogens to identified unique region to design detection tools. We also screening insect and spore straps, pollen and other samples using HTS with amplicon sequencing to search for potential invasive or regulated species. The expertise of the lab is more on fungi and oomycete including the Phytophthora, Verticillium and others. Big part of our work is oriented bioinformatics to develop tools and pipeline to analyze our sequencing information. In brief the topics of our lab are molecular biology, genomics, metagenomics, bioinformatics and plant pathology.

Selected Publications

  • Tremblay, Émilie D. Duceppe, Marc-Olivier Thurston, Graham B. Gagnon, Marie-Claude Côté Marie-José and Guillaume J. Bilodeau 2019. High-resolution biomonitoring of plant pathogens and plant species using metabarcoding of pollen pellet contents collected from a honey bee hive. Environmental DNA. 1:155–175 .
  • Tremblay, Emilie D., Duceppe, Marc-Olivier, Berube, Jean A., Kimoto, Troy, Lemieux, Claude and Guillaume J. Bilodeau. 2018. Screening for exotic forest pathogens to increase survey capacity using metagenomics. Phytopathology108 (12) 1509-1521.
  • Roe, Amanda D., Torson, Alex S., Bilodeau, Guillaume, Bilodeau, Pierre, Blackburn, Gwylim S., Cui, Mingming, Cusson, Michel, Doucet, Daniel, Griess, Verena C., Lafond, Valentine, Paradis, Gregory, Porth, Ilga, Prunier, Julien, Srivastava, Vivek, Tremblay, Emilie, Uzunovic, Adnan, Yemshanov, Denys, and Hamelin, Richard C. 2018. Biosurveillance of Forest Insects.  Part I: Integration and application of genomic tools to the surveillance of non-native forest insects. Journal of Pest Science 92 (1), 51-70.
  • Feau, Nicolas, Stephanie Beauseigle, Marie-Josée Bergeron, Guillaume J Bilodeau, Inanc Birol,Sandra Cervantes-Arango, Braham Dhillon, Angela L Dale, Padmini Herath, Steven JM Jones, Josyanne Lamarche, Dario I Ojeda, Monique L Sakalidis, Greg Taylor, Clement KM Tsui, Adnan Uzunovic, Hesther Yueh, Philippe Tanguay, Richard C Hamelin. 2018. Genome-Enhanced Detection and Identification (GEDI) of plant pathogens. PeerJ 6:e4392
  • Clime, Liviu, Li, Kebin, Geissler, Matthias,·Hoa , Xuyen D., Robideau, Gregg P., Bilodeau, Guillaume J. , and Teodor Veres. 2017. Separation and concentration of Phytophthora ramorum sporangia by inertial focusing in curving microfluidic flows. Microfluid Nanofluid 21:5 ; DOI 10.1007/s10404-016-1844-9
  • Gagnon, Marie-Claude, Feau, Nicolas, Dale,Angela Lynn, Dhillon, Braham, Hamelin, Richard. C, Brasier, Clive, Grünwald, Niklaus J., Brière, Stephan C., and Guillaume J. Bilodeau. 2017. Development and validation of polymorphic microsatellite loci for the NA2 lineage of Phytophthora ramorum from whole genome sequence data. Plant Disease, Volume 101, Number 5, Pages 666-673.
  • Bilodeau, G. J., Martin, F. N., Coffey, M. D. and Blomquist, C. L. 2014. Development of a multiplex assay for genus and species-specific detection of Phytophthora based on differences in mitochondrial gene order. Phytopathology 104 (7). 733-748.
  • Bilodeau G.J., S. T. Koike, P. Uribe, and F. N. Martin. 2012. Assay development for rapid detection and quantification of Verticillium dahliae in soil. Phytopathology, 102:331-343.