Steve Perry


Steve Perry
Distinguised Professor

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Steve Perry


Faculty of Science
Department of Biology

Examining the lack of oxygen during a stroke, cardiac arrest, and other medical conditions

Dr. Perry's research funded by the University Research Chair (URC) will address the genetic basis of hypoxia (low levels of oxygen) tolerance in zebrafish, the results of which may be directly applicable to studies of human diseases that arise from oxygen deprivation.

The goal will be to discover the molecular mechanisms that enable fish to survive in hypoxic water and in other perturbed environments. Fish provide a particularly appropriate model for such studies because their evolution, unlike mammals, has been shaped by oxygen availability. Consequently, fish species vary markedly in their tolerance to hypoxia. Moreover, the elucidation of mechanisms of fundamental importance in conferring hypoxia tolerance in fish tissues can shed light on the responses of mammalian, and particularly human, tissues to hypoxia. These responses are of critical relevance to medical research on clinical conditions in which tissue hypoxia is encountered, such as stroke, myocardial infarction, cardiac arrest, and wound healing.

Dr. Perry uses a diversity of approaches in his research. He has developed expertise in organ physiology, biochemistry, hormone chemistry, and, most recently, molecular biology. These diverse approaches have enabled him to develop a wide and deep perspective on the environmental physiology of fish. His studies are "integrative biology" at its best.

Dr. Perry arrived at the University of Ottawa in 1983 as an assistant professor (NSERC University Research Fellow), and became a full professor in 1993. He has published over 200 articles in his career in the foremost journals in his area. His NSERC research grant is amongst the largest in the Integrative Biology Panel. In 2000 he was awarded a Killam Research Fellowship.

Dr. Perry's lab also provides an excellent training ground for a new generation of integrative physiologists. In him, the University of Ottawa has a broad-minded and forward looking scientist, a creative experimentalist, and an individual dedicated to teaching and learning. He has mentored a large group of graduate students who have won many awards and whose thesis studies have led to many first-rate papers.

Dr. Steve Perry is a key researcher within the Department of Biology, and a national figure and clear world leader in comparative animal physiology.

Featured Awards and Recognition

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada(2008)
  • Excellence in Research Award(2004)
  • Killam Fellowship(1999)
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