Dr. Cam Donly

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Research Scientist

Molecular biology of insects and their pathogens.

Current research and/or projects

My laboratory conducts research aimed at improving tools and practices for Canadian agriculture in three general areas: trap plant development, biopesticide development, and management of insecticide resistance.

Research and/or project statements

  • Development of insecticidal trap plants incorporating RNAi technology for insect control in greenhouse agriculture.  
  • Global analysis of gene expression of baculoviruses infecting the canola pest, bertha armyworm.
  • Characterization of molecular mechanisms involved in pesticide resistance in insects.

Education and awards

PhD, Dept of Biochemistry, University of Western Ontario

Key publications

  1. Donly, B.C. and Caveney, S. (2005). "A transporter for phenolamine uptake in the arthropod CNS.", Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology, 59(3), pp. 172-183.

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  2. Dearden, P.K., Grbić, M., and Donly, B.C. (2003). "Vasa expression and germ-cell specification in the spider mite Tetranychus urticae.", Development Genes and Evolution, 212(12), pp. 599-603.

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  3. Gallant, P., Malutan, T., McLean, H., Verellen, L.A., Caveney, S., and Donly, B.C. (2003). "Functionally distinct dopamine and octopamine transporters in the CNS of the cabbage looper moth.", European Journal of Biochemistry, 270(4), pp. 664-674.

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  4. Li, Q., Li, L., Moore, K.C., Donly, B.C., Theilmann, D.A., and Erlandson, M.A. (2003). "Characterization of Mamestra configurata nucleopolyhedrovirus enhancin and its functional analysis via expression in an Autographa californica M nucleopolyhedrovirus recombinant.", Journal of General Virology, 84(3), pp. 123-132.

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  5. Caveney, S. and Donly, B.C. (2002). "Neurotransmitter transporters in the insect nervous system.", Advances in Insect Physiology, 29(1), pp. 55-149.

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  6. Malutan, T., McLean, H., Caveney, S., and Donly, B.C. (2002). "A high-affinity octopamine transporter cloned from the central nervous system of cabbage looper Trichoplusia ni.", Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 32(3), pp. 343-357.

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  7. Grbić, M., Dearden, P.K., and Donly, B.C. (2002). "Expression of pair-rule gene homologues in a chelicerate: early patterning of the two-spotted spider mite Tetranychus urticae.", Development, 129(23), pp. 5461-5472.

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  8. Li, Q., Donly, B.C., Li, L., Willis, L.G., Theilmann, D.A., and Erlandson, M.A. (2002). "Sequence and organization of the Mamestra configurata nucleopolyhedrovirus genome.", Virology, 294(1), pp. 106-121.

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  9. Li, L., Donly, B.C., Li, Q., Willis, L.G., Keddie, A.B., Erlandson, M.A., and Theilmann, D.A. (2002). "Identification and genomic analysis of a second species of nucleopolyhedrovirus isolated from Mamestra configurata.", Virology, 297(2), pp. 226-244.

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  10. Gardiner, R.B., Ullensvang, K., Danbolt, N.C., Caveney, S., and Donly, B.C. (2002). "Cellular distribution of a high-affinity glutamate transporter in the nervous system of the cabbage looper Trichoplusia ni.", Journal of Experimental Biology, 205(17), pp. 2605-2614.

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  11. Lee, E., Lange, A., Orchard, D., Fusé, M., Tobe, S.S., Bendena, W.G., and Donly, B.C. (2002). "Characterization and baculovirus-directed expression of a myosuppressin encoding cDNA from the true armyworm, Pseudaletia unipuncta.", Peptides, 23(4), pp. 747-756.

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  12. Tobe, S.S., Zhang, J.R., Bowser, P.R.F., Donly, B.C., and Bendena, W.G. (2000). "Biological activities of the allatostatin family of peptides in the cockroach, Diploptera punctata, and potential interactions with receptors.", Journal of Insect Physiology, 46(3), pp. 231-242.

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  13. Donly, B.C., Jevnikar, J., McLean, H., and Caveney, S. (2000). "Substrate-stereoselectivity of a high-affinity glutamate transporter cloned from the CNS of the cockroach Diploptera punctata.", Insect Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 30(5), pp. 369-376.

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Research facility

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3


  • Adjunct Professor, Dept of Biology, University of Western Ontario
  • Editorial Board Member for the Journal "Insects"
  • NSERC Scholarships and Fellowships Committee 187 for Molecular and Cellular Biology