The Ecotoxicogenomics and Endocrine Disruption Laboratory (LEPE) specializes in organic and inorganic contaminants. Ultra-sensitive animal and cell lines allow the lab team to identify how contaminants can affect the health of vertebrates.
LEPE has the expertise, knowledge, facilities, and instruments required for testing the effects of contaminants on living organisms. Unique molecular and physiological biomarkers are developed for each species to help scientists understand and validate the action mechanisms of contaminants, including endocrine disruptors.
LEPE conducts experiments in the laboratory, in microcosms, in mesocosms, and in the field. The facility consists of:
A lab and field experiment component, including:
A molecular and cellular biology lab component with instruments including:
A bioinformatics and genomics component with software for analyzing large databases (e.g., Pathway Studio).
Access to the INRS analytical chemistry laboratory for quantifying most of the contaminants under study.
The Ecotoxicogenomics and Endocrine Disruption Laboratory is available to Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre faculty, students, and staff for their research projects, with the lab manager’s authorization. Lab resources can also be used for external collaborations and R&D contracts.
Please contact us for more information on available services.
Here are some of the themes LEPE is currently addressing in projects that make use of molecular tools:
Professor and Scientific head
Boutaina El Jai
Partnerships and Research Development Advisor
Phone: 418 654-2531
Ecotoxicogenomics and Endocrine Disruption Laboratory
Institut national de la recherche scientifique
Eau Terre Environnement Research Centre
490 rue de la Couronne
Québec City, Quebec G1K 9A9