Fiona S.L. Brinkman


Associate Member, School of Computing Sciences
Associate Member, Faculty of Health Sciences


  • B.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Waterloo 
  • Ph.D., Biology, University of Ottawa

Research Interests

Developing bioinformatics methods, and capitalizing on combined bioinformatics and wet-lab approaches, investigating microbes and their host/environmental interactions, to better understand key themes in infectious disease etiology, microbiome conservation, and associated immune disorders. The overall goal is to develop more sustainable, integrated approaches for infectious disease control.

For more details, visit our research lab website.

Selected Publications

  • Freschi L, Bertelli C, Jeukens J, Moore MP, Kukavica-Ibrulj I, Emond-Rheault JG, Hamel J, Fothergill JL, Tucker NP, McClean S, Klockgether J, de Soyza A, Brinkman FS, Levesque RC and Winstanley C (2018). Genomic characterisation of an international Pseudomonas aeruginosa reference panel indicates that the two major groups draw upon distinct mobile gene pools. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 365(14). doi:10.1093/femsle/fny120. Pubmed PMID: 29897457
  • Bertelli C, Tilley KE and Brinkman FS (2018). Microbial genomic island discovery, visualization and analysis. Briefings in Bioinformatics. doi: 10.1093/bib/bby042. Pubmed PMID: 29868902
  • Bertelli C, Laird MR, Williams KP; Simon Fraser University Research Computing Group, Lau BY, Hoad G, Winsor GL and Brinkman FS (2017). IslandViewer 4: expanded prediction of genomic islands for larger-scale datasets. Nucleic Acids Research, 45(W1), pp.W30-W35. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkx343. Pubmed PMID: 28472413
  • Griffiths EJ, Dooley D, Graham M, Van Domselaar G, Brinkman FS and Hsiao WWL (2017). Context Is Everything: Harmonization of Critical Food Microbiology Descriptors and Metadata for Improved Food Safety and Surveillance. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.01068. Pubmed PMID: 28694792
  • Jia B, Raphenya AR, Alcock B, Waglechner N, Guo P, Tsang KK, Lago BA, Dave BM, Pereira S, Sharma AN, Doshi S, Courtot M, Lo R, Williams LE, Frye JG, Elsayegh T, Sardar D, Westman EL, Pawlowski AC, Johnson TA, Brinkman FS and Wright GD, McArthur AG. (2016). CARD 2017: expansion and model-centric curation of the comprehensive antibiotic resistance database. Nucleic Acids Research, 45(D1), pp.D566-D573. doi:10.1093/nar/gkw1004. Pubmed PMID : 27789705

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