Dr. Dominic Lambert, Ph.D.

Food Virology Manager

Plan, direct and coordinate the R&D and diagnostic activities of CFIA's Food Virology National Reference Centre. Provide scientific advice to support health risk assessments. Represent CFIA`s food virology interests.

Current research and/or projects

Projects of CFIA's Reference Centre for Food Virology Research Program aim to research, develop, validate and transfer protocols, methods and analytical tools for the detection, identification and characterization of foodborne viruses to support the delivery of  diagnostic services, contribute to illness outbreak investigations, and provide scientific advice enabling risk assessments.

Research and/or project statements

  • Develop and implement project management processes.
  • Conduct a functional and operational analysis of the existing infrastructure.
  • Develop quality assurance documents and implement practices to facilitate technology transfers from R&D to diagnostics.
  • Develop reference and training material to improve awareness of food virology challenges and inform health risk assessments.
  • Establish a state-of-the-art foodborne virus isolate (foodstuffs, tissues, strains) collection and genome sequence database to support CFIA's food virology objectives.

Professional activities / interests

  • Provide scientific advice to support food virology programs and policy initiatives.
  • Develop partnerships with national and international food virology stakeholders.
  • Coordinate technology transfers, including analyst training and technical support.
  • Develop quality assurance guidelines for the use of whole-genome sequencing and bioinformatics technologies to support regulatory food safety.

Education and awards

Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.  2005.  University of Vermont (USA), Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.

Certificate in Applied Computer Sciences (30 credits).  2005. University of Montreal (Canada), Department of Computer Science and Operations Research.

M.Sc. in Biochemistry.  2002.  University of Montreal (Canada), Department of Biochemistry and Department of Computer Science and Operations Research.

B.Sc. in Biochemistry.  1999.  University of Montreal (Canada), Department of Biochemistry.

Certificate in Organizational Psychology (30 credits). 1995. University of Quebec Chicoutimi, (Canada), Department of Psychology.

International experience and/or work

Research Scientist Research and Development Division, Ottawa Laboratory-Carling, Ontario Laboratory Network, Science Branch, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2013-2016.

Visiting Fellow Microbiology Research Division, Bureau of Microbial Hazards, Health Product and Food Branch, Food Directorate, Health Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2010-2013.

Assistant Research Scientist Department of Biophysics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2008-2010.

Postdoctoral fellow Department of Chemistry, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 2005-2008.

Key publications

Baseline Practices for the Application of Genomic Data Supporting Regulatory Food Safety.

Lambert D, Pightling A, Griffiths E, Van Domselaar G, Evans P, Berthelet S, Craig D, Chandry PS, Stones R, Brinkman F, Angers-Loustau A, Kreysa J, Tong W, Blais B.

J AOAC Int. 2017 May 1;100(3):721-731.


Comparative Evaluation of Genomic and Laboratory Approaches for Determination of Shiga Toxin Subtypes in Escherichia coli.

Carrillo CD, Koziol AG, Mathews A, Goji N, Lambert D, Huszczynski G, Gauthier M, Amoako K, Blais BW.

J Food Prot. 2016 Dec;79(12):2078-2085.


Genomic Tools for Customized Recovery and Detection of Foodborne Shiga Toxigenic Escherichia coli.

Knowles M, Stinson S, Lambert D, Carrillo C, Koziol A, Gauthier M, Blais B.

J Food Prot. 2016 Dec;79(12):2066-2077.


GeneSippr: a rapid whole-genome approach for the identification and characterization of foodborne pathogens such as priority Shiga toxigenic Escherichia coli.

Lambert D, Carrillo CD, Koziol AG, Manninger P, Blais BW.

PLoS One. 2015 Apr 10;10(4):e0122928.

Research facility

3400 Casavant Blvd. West
Saint-Hyacinthe, QC J2S 8E3



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