Laura F. Lalonde, M.Sc.

Molecular Biologist
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)
Saskatoon Laboratory - Centre for Food-Borne and Animal Parasitology
116 Veterinary Road
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 2R3


Research Interests:
My research activities involve the development of molecular methods to isolate and detect coccidian parasites (Cyclospora, Toxoplasma, Cryptosporidium) of public and veterinary health importance in food, clinical and environmental samples. My work specifically focuses on isolation and detection of Cyclospora in leafy greens and berries.

Recent Publications:

Lalonde, L. and A. Gajadhar. 2008. Highly sensitive and specific PCR assay for reliable detection of Cyclospora cayetanensis oocysts. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 74:4354-4358.

Lalonde, L. and A. Gajadhar. 2009. Effect of storage media, temperature, and time on preservation of Cryptosporidium parvum oocysts for PCR analysis. Vet. Parasitol. 160: 185-189.