Dr. Maria A. Trainer

Scientific Evaluator

Human health risk assessment of animate products of biotechnology regulated under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act 1999 (CEPA 1999)

Health Canada

Current research and/or projects

  • Scientific evaluation of animate products of biotechnology regulated under CEPA 1999.

Education and awards

PhD Bacterial Molecular Genetics, University of Waterloo, 2009

MSc Biochemistry, Washington State University, 2004

BSc Microbiology, University of Idaho, 2000

BSc Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, 2000

Key publications

  • M.A. Trainer, D. Capstick, A. Zachertowska, K.N. Lam, S.R.D. Clark, and T.C. Charles (2010). Identification and characterization of the intracellular poly-3-hydroxybutyrate depolymerase PhaZ of Sinorhizobium meliloti. BMC Microbiology. 10:92.
  • R. Nordeste, M.A.Trainer and T.C. Charles (2009). Methods for the Isolation of Genes Encoding Novel PHB Cycle Enzymes from Complex Microbial Communities. In Metagenomics: Methods in Molecular Biology. 668:235-246
  • M.A. Trainer, P. Baveye, and G. Syme (2010). Goals, Gaps and Governance: The Holy Grail in Preserving Canada’s Hidden Liquid Gold. Journal of Hydrology. 380: 1-3.
  • C. Wang, X. Sheng, R. C. Equi, M.A.Trainer, T.C. Charles and B.W.S. Sobral (2007). Influence of the Poly-3-Hydroxybutyrate (PHB) Granule-Associated Proteins (PhaP) on PHB Accumulation and Symbiotic Nitrogen Fixation in Sinorhizobium meliloti Rm1021. Journal of Bacteriology. 189 (24):9050-9056.
  • M.A. Trainer, S.Y. Yurgel and M.L. Kahn (2007). Role of a Conserved Membrane Glycine Residue in a Dicarboxylate Transporter from Sinorhizobium meliloti. Journal of Bacteriology. 189 (5):2160-2163.
  • M.A. Trainer and T.C. Charles (2006). The role of PHB in the symbiosis of rhizobia with legumes. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 71 (4):377-386.
  • S.K. Stoll, A. Matthews, M.A. Trainer, C. McLaughlin, J.M. Beller, J. Matthews, B. Freitas and M. Milke (2000). I Play Therefore I am: An undergraduate philosophical action research project. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. 71:50-55.



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