BSc(honours) Biology MTA 2001-2005
PhD (biology) McMaster University 2005-2010
Postdoc 1: University of Cambridge, UK – Physiology and Metabolism
Postdoc 2: University of Tasmania, Australia – Aquaculture Physiology
Courses taught in 2016-2017:
Office: Flem 110
My research interests can be broadly combined into the field of comparative and environmental physiology. I employ an integrated approach to my research and work at all levels of organization to determine physiological responses to the environment. My work has spanned a broad range of taxa from humans, rodents, sharks, fish and shellfish across diverse environments and ecosystems. The cascade of mechanisms from the whole animal to the mitochondria that regulate oxygen (uptake, transport, consumption) and substrate (mobilization, cellular uptake, oxidation) supply, as well as mitochondrial function to ensure adequate energy production has been the focus of my research to date. I am interested in the effects of both environmental (natural and anthropogenic) and metabolic stress on these various levels of regulation, and how animals are able to modify these processes to maintain energetic homeostasis.
1. Morash, A.J., MacKellar, S.R.C., Tunnah, L., Barnett, D.A., Shehfest, K.M., Semmens, J.M. and Currie, S. 2016. Pass the salt: Physiological Consequence of ecologically relevant hypo-osmotic exposure in juvenile gummy (Mustelus antarcticus) and school (Galeorhinus galues) sharks. Conservation Physiology. In press.
2. Morash, A.J. and Alter, K. (2015). Effects of environmental and farm stress on abalone physiology: Perspectives for abalone aquaculture in the face of global climate change. Reviews in Aquaculture. 7:1-27.
3. Morash, A.J., Vanderveken, M. and McClelland, G.B. (2014). Muscle metabolic remodelling in response to endurance exercise in salmonids. Frontiers. 5:452.
4. Morash, A.J., Yu, W., Le Moine, C.M.R, Hills, J.A., Farrell, A.P., Patterson, D.A. and McClelland, G.B. (2013). Genomic and metabolic preparation of muscle in sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) for spawning migration. Physiological and Biochemical Zoology. 86(6):750-760.
5. Morash, A.J., Kotwica, A.O., Murray, A.J. (2013). Tissue-specific changes in fatty acid oxidation in hypoxic heart and skeletal muscle. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 305(1): R534-541.
6. Morash A.J., Le Moine, C.L.R, McClelland, G.B. (2010). Genome duplication events have lead to a diversification in the CPT I gene family in fish. American Journal of Physiology: Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology. 299(2):R579-89.