Environment Physiology and Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

Yuxiang Wang's

Environment Physiology & Aquatic Ecosystem Lab

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Dr. Yuxiang Wang


Associate Prof. (2007-present) Dept. Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Assistant Prof. (2000-07) Dept of Biology, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Adjunct Prof. (2003-present) School of Environmental Science, Queen’ University, Canada
Adjunct Prof. (2002-07) Life Science College, Zhejiang University, China
Adjunct Prof. (2007-present) College of Biological Science, Chongqing Normal University and Southwest University, Chongqing, P.R. China
Adjunct. Prof. (2007-present) College of Life Science, Southwest University, Chongqing, China
Post-Doctoral Fellow (1999-00) NSERC PDF, Kinesiology, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Post-Doctoral Fellow (1996-99) US NIEH PDF, RASMA, University of Miami, Florida, USA
Post-Doctoral Fellow (1996) PDF, University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA


Ph.D. Animal Physiology and Toxicology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 1996
M.Sc. Aquatic Toxicology and Biogeochemistry, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, 1990
B.Sc. (Hon.) Biology, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, P.R. China, 1984


Member of American Physiological Society, The Society for Experimental Biologists (U.K.), and Canadian Society for Zoologists.



2007-present Physiological response of fishes in the upper Yangtze River to environment changes, Chongqing Normal University (Frof. Shijian Fu)

2003-2004 National Institute of Amazonian Research, Manaus, Brazil (Prof. Dal Val)
Adaptation of tropical fish to hypoxic, osmotic and acid-base challenges. 

1997-present Qinghai Lake, Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, China (Chinese NSF 30128016), 
Initiated and organized three joint international expeditions to study the physiological and biochemical adaptation of endangered fish species in a high alkalinity, low temperatures and low oxygen saline lake.

2001-present Dept. of Biology, Queen’s Univ. Kingston, Ontario, Canada (NSERC Research Grant 238390-01).
-Metabolic adaptation of MCT in fish under hypoxic conditions. 
-Walleye domestication: an inland strategy using recirculation system.
-Nitrogen metabolism, toxicity and its potential role in metabolic regulation.
-Effect of exercise training, temperature and starvation on hypoxic responses in carp (Yangtze River and Lake Qinghai), salmonid fish and sunfish (Canada), shark and ray (Australia), catfish (Amazon, Brazil).
-Develop a novel bioremediation strategy to curb toxic blue-green algal bloom using eco-trap concept in median to large freshwater bodies (collaboration with Fudan) 
-Development of a poly-culture green technique to rear warm water and cold water fish in recirculation system (Canada) 

1999-2001 Dept. of Kinesiology, Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (NSERC PDF, Drs. Arend Bonen and Patricia Schulte).
To characterise the regulation of monocarboxylate transporters (MCT) in the sarcolemma membrane using the giant vesicle technique, developed mRNA probes and characterised cDNA sequences of MCT, to assess transcriptive and translational control of MCT under hypoxic and anaerobic conditions in fish and mammals.

1998-2000  Dept. of Neurology, Med. School and RSMAS, Univ. of Miami, Florida, U.S.A. Collaborated with Dr. M.A. Pérez-Pinzón to study the effect of anoxia and ammonia on the mitochondria complex I and cytochrome C in CNS of rat and fish (NIEHS grant).

1997-2010 Collaborated with Dr. M. Wilkie, Biology, Wilfred Lauriat Univ., Canada, to investigate the biochemical pathways of nitrogenous metabolism and ammonia toxicity in various life stages of lamprey of the Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean (Great Lake Fishery Commission).

1996-1998 RSMAS, Div. of Marine Biology and Fisheries, Univ. of Miami, Miami, Florida, U.S.A. (NIEHS PDF, Dr. Patrick J. Walsh).
Carried out a comparative study supported by US NSF and NIEHS grants to examine the toxicity, metabolism, and transport mechanisms of nitrogenous products in various marine teleost fish; characterized the urea transporter gene UT-2, and genetic regulation of carbamoyl phosphate synthetase III and glutamine synthetase in toadfish; 

1998 Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory, Maine.
Surveyed nitrogenous waste excretion in several marine teleost fish species.

1996 Fish Physiology & Toxicology Lab, Dept. of Zoology & Physiology, Univ. of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, U.S.A. (PDF, Dr. Harold L. Bergman).
Studied the effect of diel dissolved oxygen on several native fish species in South Platte river, Colorado, the result of which may lead to the establishment of a US EPA site specific standard to regulate the wastewater discharge, saving the city of Denver $170 million. Assessed the hatching, survival, growth, aerobic and anaerobic capacities, and swimming performance of the fish after the diel exposure to low dissolved oxygen. 

1990-1995 Dept. of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont. Canada (Ph.D. candidate, Dr. Chris Wood).
Conducted a series of NSERC supported research projects on acid-base regulation, lactate and ammonia transport, and gas exchange in rainbow trout. Developed an unique isolated perfused tail-trunk preparation to serve as an in situ physiological model to investigate metabolic, acid-base and ion regulation in trout muscle. 

1994-1995 Dept. of Biology, McMaster University.
Collaborated with Dr. R. Henry, Dept. of Zoology, Auburn University to investigate the role of carbonic anhydrase in acid-base regulation, gas exchange and metabolic regulation in fish muscle.

1992 Chatsworth Trout Hatchery, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Canada.
Participated in a joint project between McMaster Fish Physiology Laboratories and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to investigate swimming performance of trout raised under different rearing velocities.

1987-1989 Watershed Ecosystem Program, Trent University, Peterborough, Ont. Canada (M.Sc. candidate, Supervisor Dr. R.D. Evans).
Conducted research on the effect of water Ca2+ on Cd2+ uptake in freshwater mussels: an NSERC supported project on bioavailability and toxicity of heavy metals in freshwater ecosystems. Supervised two NSERC summer students to conduct laboratory research as well as fieldwork on this project.



2009-present Biol 339/340, Comparative Physiology of Animals, Queen’s University
2008- Biol 307/407, Aquatic Biodiversity and Environment Assessment, Queen’s University/Fudan University/China Southwestern University 
2005- Biol 325, Frontier in Cell and Molecular Physiology, Queen’s U.
2005-2007 Biol 307/407, Joint Field Course with Zhejiang University and China Southwestern University, Human Development and Aquatic Ecosystem in China, Queen’s U.
2004 Biol 957/850, Advanced Topics in Comparative Physiology, Dept. of Biology, Queen’s U.
2002-2006 Biol 338, Comparative Physiology, Dept. of Biology, Queen’s U.
2002 Biol 533, Aquaculture, Technology and Environment, Dept. of Biology, Queen’s U.
2001-present Biol 322, Environmental Physiology of Animals, Dept. of Biology, Queen’s University.



2009-present Chinese NSF grant (¥960,000RMB)
2007 Queen’s Technology Sponsorship Fund for teaching equipment ($19,500)
2006-2009 Great Lake Fishery Commission ($100,000, 3-yr) 
2006-2009 NSERC Discovery Grant ($29,800/yr, 3-yr)
2005 (2 PIs) Queen’s University Infrastructure Fund for Teaching ($34,000) 
2005 (4 PIs) NSERC Equipment Grant ($64,000)
2004 Canadian Bureau of International Education Innovative Teaching Award ($23,000)
2003-2004 Visiting Scientist Award, Ministry of Education of China ($5000)
2003 K.C. Wong Education Foundation, Hong Kong, invited speaker ($3,000)
2002 Canadian Innovation Foundation/Ontario Innovation Trust New Opportunity Grant ($160,000).
2002-2004 Aquaculture Collaborative Research Program, Department Fisheries and Ocean, Canada ($125,000/year, three years)
2002 Queen’s ARC Award ($7,500)
2002-2004 National Science Foundation of China, Outstanding Young Scientist Award (CNFS 30128016, RMB¥400,000)
2001-2005 NSERC Research Grant (238390-01) $37,000/yr for 5 years.
2001- Queen’s ARC Grant $10,000.
2001 Queen’s Initiation Grant $95,000.
1999-2000 National Science and Engineer Research Council Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Canada ($70,000).
1999-2000 NIEHS Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Centre (U. of Miami) Pilot Grant ($10,000).
1998 Travelling Fellowship of the Society of Experimental Biologists, UK ($1,500).
1998 Visiting Scientist Fellowship of the Education Commission of China. 
1998 National Natural Science Foundation of China (NNSFC) Visiting Scientist Fellowship.
1996-1998 NIEHS Post-Doctoral Fellowship, NIEHS Marine and Freshwater Biomedical Centre, Rosentiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, Univ. of Miami.
1997 NNSFC Visiting Scientist Fellowship. 
1996 University President's Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Univ. of Wyoming.