Dr. Catherine D. Carrillo

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Research Scientist

Method development for food microbiology laboratories

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Carrillo's current research program is focused on the application of whole-genome sequencing (WGS) technologies for the detection, identification and characterization of foodborne bacterial pathogens. In the past four years, Dr. Carrillo's laboratory has sequenced several thousand bacterial genomes, and this work has led to the implementation of methods for real-time WGS of bacterial pathogens isolated in CFIA's food testing programs. Her current research interests include the development of tools for bacterial phenotype prediction based on WGS data, and the application of novel technologies (e.g. metagenomics) to improve methods for detection of bacterial pathogens in foods. Dr. Carrillo currently leads the sequencing component of the interdepartmental Genomics Research and Development Initiative project on antimicrobial resistance (GRDI-AMR).

Professional activities / interests



Education and awards

B.Sc. (Hons.) Microbiology, University of Guelph, 1994

Ph. D. Biology, University of Ottawa (2000)

Key publications

  1. Chekabab, S.M., Rehman, M.A., Yin, X., Carrillo, C., Mondor, M., Diarra, M.S. (2019). Growth of salmonella enterica serovars typhimurium and enteritidis in iron-poor media and in meat: Role of catecholate and hydroxamate siderophore transporters, 82(4), 548-560. http://dx.doi.org/10.4315/0362-028X.JFP-18-371

    2019 - View publication details

Research facility

960 Carling Road
Ottawa, ON K1A0Z2