Microarray and Gene Expression Data (MGED) Society

Daphnia Genomics Consortium (DGC)

Vancouver Bioinformatics User Group (VanBUGs)


Post Baccalaureate Diploma (Environmental Science) Capilano University, North Vancouver

B.Sc.(Hon.) Biochemistry, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby

Designated Analyst: Canadian Environmental Protection Act and Fisheries Act and Yukon Waters Act


Joy Bruno

Toxicogenomic Biologist - Team Leader, Toxicogenomics Group


Contributing to Environment Canada's mandate to ensure aquatic ecosystems are conserved and protected

  • Develops, validates and establishes capacity to use "omics" (subcellular) based tools (e.g. genomics, proteomics)
  • Authors Laboratory Standard Operating Procedures for traditional toxicology and "omics" methods
  • Performs risk assessment and management of priority substances and emerging contaminants
  • Responsible for maintaining Canadian Association of Environmental and Analytical Laboratories (CAEAL) accreditation for Rainbow trout and Early Life Stages of Rainbow trout toxicity tests, including conducting proficiency tests
  • Conducts toxicogenomic studies to examine gene expression changes in fish following toxicant or effluent exposures; these studies generated predictive and diagnostic data ultimately intended to prevent pollution by minimizing the impact on aquatic species


Twelve years S&T experience in conducting and supervising toxicology and toxicogenomic studies

Develops, leads and participates in consultations, undertakes memberships on working groups, panels, involving internal/external stakeholders, provides advice as a specialist

Invited delegate to international and national conferences and workshops

Conference Workshop and Financial Organization, Aquatic Toxicity Workshop, Whistler, 2002


Wiseman, S., H.Osachoff, E. Bassett, J. Malhotra, J. Bruno, G. VanAggelen, T.P. Mommsen and M.M. Vijayan. 2007. Gene expression pattern in the liver during recovery from an acute stressor in rainbow trout. Comp. Biochem. Physiol. D (doi:10.1016/j.cbd.2007.04.005).

Bruno, J.B., T.P. Mommsen, S. Horvath and G.C. vanAggelen. 2006. Genomic Responses of Underyearling Rainbow Trout to Effluent from Nine Pulp Mills in British Columbia. Technical report for EC and BCMOE.

J. Bruno. 2004. Effects of Two Industrial Effluents on Juvenile White Sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) J. Bruno for Sturgeon Contaminants Working Group in Kruse G and Webb M. 2006. Upper Columbia River White Sturgeon Contaminant and Deformity Evaluation and Summary Technical Report for Upper Columbia River White Sturgeon Recovery Team Contaminants Sub-Committee.

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Aquatic Ecosystems
Environmental Policy
          Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999)
          Fisheries Act
     Policy Development
          Emerging issues
     Regulation & Enforcement
          Legal testimony
Nature & Wildlife
     Ecosystems & Habitats
     Effects of Toxics
          Emerging chemicals
          Endocrine disruption
          Genomics techniques
          Heavy metals
          Methods development
          Aquatic organisms
          Water quantity
     Water Quality
          Bioassays, biomarkers