Dr. Lee Beaudette

Manager - Soil Biotechnology Laboratory, Biological Assessment and Standardization Section
Environment and Climate Change Canada

Current research and/or projects

Assessing risks to Canadians and their environment posed by pollutants or other harmful or dangerous substances; Working to help Canadians adopt sustainable consumption and production approaches

  • Generating data on persistence of DSL micro-organisms in soil
  • Optimizing and validating test methodologies to evaluate microbial consortia and communities
  • Developing DNA microarray for the detection of terrestrial pathogens and DSL micro-organisms
  • Developing method end points for the assessment of soil microbial toxicity
  • Investigating the use of toxicogenomic assays for the assessment of soil toxicity

Professional activities / interests

Environmental microbiology and genomics techniques

Ecology of terrestrial and wastewater pathogens

Environmental risk assessment of microbial substances

Education and awards

B.Sc., M.Sc Carleton University, Ottawa

Ph.D. University of Calgary, Calgary

Environment Canada award recognizing work and achievement in the enhancement of the Wastewater Technology Centre Health and Safety Program, July 2004

Key publications

Providenti, M.A., M. Begin, S. Hynes, C. Hause, D. Chitty, J. Rahn, L.A. Beaudette, R. Scroggins, M.L. Smith. 2009. Towards the development of a generalized approach for identifying and applying strain-specific genetic markers for quantitative PCR-based tracking of microorganisms in the environment: results with Bacillus and Paenibacillus sp. released in soil. Canadian Journal of Microbiology (Submitted).

Lee, D.-Y., H. Lauder, H. Cruwys, P. Falletta and L. A. Beaudette. 2008. Development and application of an oligonucleotide microarray and real-time quantitative PCR for detection of wastewater bacterial pathogens. Science of the Total Environment 398: 203-211.

Shannon, K., D.-Y. Lee, J.T. Trevors and L.A. Beaudette. 2007. Application of real-time quantitative PCR for the detection of selected bacterial pathogens during municipal wastewater treatment. Science of the Total Environment 382: 121-129.

Gilbride, K.A., D.-Y. Lee and L.A. Beaudette. 2006. Molecular techniques in wastewater: Understanding microbial communities, detecting pathogens, and real-time process control. Journal of Microbiological Methods 66: 1-20.

Lee, Dae-Young, K. Shannon and L.A. Beaudette. 2005. Detection of bacterial pathogens in municipal wastewater using an oligonucleotide microarray and real-time quantitative PCR. Journal of Microbiological Methods 65: 453-467.

Beaudette, L.A., W.J. Staddon, M.B. Cassidy, M. Habash, H. Lee and J.T. Trevors. 2002. Dehalogenation reactions in soil microorganisms, p. 447-495. In R. Burns and R. Dick (ed.), Enzymes in the Environment: Activity, Ecology and Applications. Marcel Dekker, Inc, New York, New York.

Beaudette, L.A., M.B. Cassidy, L. England, J.L. Kirk, M. Habash, H. Lee and J.T. Trevors. 2002. Bioremediation of Soil, p. 722-737. In G. Bitton (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Environmental Microbiology. John Wiley and Sons, Inc., New York, New York.

Kirk, J.L., L.A. Beaudette, M. Hart, P. Moutoglis, J.N. Klironomos, H. Lee and J.T. Trevors. 2004. Methods of studying soil microbial diversity. Journal of Microbiological Methods 58:169-188.

Lee, D.-Y., K. Shannon and L.A. Beaudette. 2006. Direct detection of pathogens in municipal wastewater using an oligonucleotide microarray and real-time PCR. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 65:453-467.

Gilbride, K.A., D.-Y. Lee and L.A. Beaudette. 2006. Molecular techniques in wastewater: understanding microbial communities, detecting pathogens, and real time process control. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 66:1-20.

Shannon, K., D.-Y. Lee, J.T. Trevors and L.A. Beaudette. 2007. Detection of bacterial pathogens during wastewater treatment using real-time PCR. Science of the Total Environment. 282:121-129.