Roberta Fulthorpe

faculty_img Academic Title: Professor

Campus: UTSC

CSB Appointment: Cross Appointment

Primary Undergraduate Department:
Biological Sciences, UTSC

Graduate Programs:
Cell & Systems Biologybr>Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Genome Biology & Bioinformatics

Titles and Honors:


Academic or Administrative Appointments:
Graduate Chair, Physical and Environmental Sciences UTSC

Education:
Ph.D. Carleton University 1991. M.Sc. University of Toronto 1983. B. Sc. Carleton 1979.

 

Mailing Address
Department of Cell & Systems Biology
University of Toronto
1265 Military Trail
Scarborough, ON M1C 1A4
Canada
 

 

Contact Information
Office phone: 416-287-7221 
Office: SY 348 
Lab:  
Lab phone: 416-287-7223 
Email: fulthorpe@utsc.utoronto.ca 
URL: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~fulthorpe/

 

Research Areas
Evolutionary Biology
Functional Genomics
Microbiology
Plant Biology

 

Research

Bacteria are critically important the recycling of organic matter in ecosystems and have evolved to disassemble a wide variety of organic molecules as sources of energy and carbon. This includes a broad range of xenobiotics compounds that are produced by anthropogenic activities, including pesticides and petroleum derivatives. The assembly of preexisting catabolic genes into new functional pathways involves numerous types of mobile genetics elements that are subject to horizontal gene transfer. My research involves the examination of the types and activity of catabolic and mobile elements in systems rich in bacteria, including soils, surface waters and the environments providing by plants inside their tissues and in rhizospheres. Studies on endophytic bacteria include those commonly found in urban trees and those dominant in soils naturally contaminated by near surface oil seeps. I also conduct research into the microbial partnerships of invasive plants such as garlic mustard and dog strangling vine.

 

Publications

2013

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Rapid degradation of Deepwater Horizon spilled oil by indigenous microbial communities in Louisiana saltmarsh sediments.Mahmoudi N, Porter TM, Zimmerman AR, Fulthorpe RR, Kasozi GN, Silliman BR, Slater GF.Environ. Sci. Technol. 2013 Dec;47(23):13303-12
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Probing the functional diversity of global pristine soil communities with 3-chlorobenzoate reveals that communities of generalists dominate catabolic transformation.Rhodes AN, Fulthorpe RR, Tiedje JM.Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 2013 Nov;79(22):6932-40
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Assessing microbial carbon sources and potential PAH degradation using natural abundance 14C analysis.Mahmoudi N, Fulthorpe RR, Burns L, Mancini S, Slater GF.Environ. Pollut. 2013 Apr;175:125-30
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Land-use change and soil type are drivers of fungal and archaeal communities in the Pampa biome.Lupatini M, Jacques RJ, Antoniolli ZI, Suleiman AK, Fulthorpe RR, Roesch LF.World J. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2013 Feb;29(2):223-33
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2012

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Changes in bacterial community structure after exposure to silver nanoparticles in natural waters.Das P, Williams CJ, Fulthorpe RR, Hoque ME, Metcalfe CD, Xenopoulos MA.Environ. Sci. Technol. 2012 Aug;46(16):9120-8
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Low sequencing efforts bias analyses of shared taxa in microbial communities.Lemos LN, Fulthorpe RR, Roesch LF.Folia Microbiol. (Praha) 2012 Sep;57(5):409-13
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Bacterial community dynamics in the hyporheic zone of an intermittent stream.Febria CM, Beddoes P, Fulthorpe RR, Williams DD.ISME J 2012 May;6(5):1078-88
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2011

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Comparison of commercial DNA extraction kits for isolation and purification of bacterial and eukaryotic DNA from PAH-contaminated soils.Mahmoudi N, Slater GF, Fulthorpe RR.Can. J. Microbiol. 2011 Aug;57(8):623-8
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Rethinking microbial diversity analysis in the high throughput sequencing era.Lemos LN, Fulthorpe RR, Triplett EW, Roesch LF.J. Microbiol. Methods 2011 Jul;86(1):42-51
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2010

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Composition of activated sludge settling and planktonic bacterial communities treating industrial effluent and their correlation to settling problems.Nadarajah N, Allen DG, Fulthorpe RR.Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2010 Nov;88(5):1205-14
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2008

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Distantly sampled soils carry few species in common.Fulthorpe RR, Roesch LF, Riva A, Triplett EW.ISME J 2008 Sep;2(9):901-10
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2007

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Pyrosequencing enumerates and contrasts soil microbial diversity.Roesch LF, Fulthorpe RR, Riva A, Casella G, Hadwin AK, Kent AD, Daroub SH, Camargo FA, Farmerie WG, Triplett EW.ISME J 2007 Aug;1(4):283-90
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Effects of transient temperature conditions on the divergence of activated sludge bacterial community structure and function.Nadarajah N, Allen DG, Fulthorpe RR.Water Res. 2007 Jun;41(12):2563-71
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High-temperature biotrickling filtration of hydrogen sulphide.Datta I, Fulthorpe RR, Sharma S, Allen DG.Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 2007 Mar;74(3):708-16
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2005

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Two kinds of chlorocatechol 1,2-dioxygenase from 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetate-degrading Sphingomonas sp. strain TFD44.Lang GH, Ogawa N, Tanaka Y, Fujii T, Fulthorpe RR, Fukuda M, Miyashita K.Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 2005 Jul;332(4):941-8
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2004

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A survey of the composition and diversity of bacterial populations in bleached kraft pulp-mill wastewater secondary treatment systems.Gilbride KA, Fulthorpe RR.Can. J. Microbiol. 2004 Aug;50(8):633-44
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2003

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Phylogenetic analysis of bacterial populations in an anaerobic microbial consortium capable of degrading saturation concentrations of tetrachloroethylene.Dennis PC, Sleep BE, Fulthorpe RR, Liss SN.Can. J. Microbiol. 2003 Jan;49(1):15-27
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