Dr. Neda Nasheri

Image Dr. Neda Nasheri
Research Scientist

Head of the Food Virology Research Laboratory and Food Virology Reference Laboratory.

Current research and/or projects

  • Developing methods for the detection of foodborne viruses

  • Performing genomic characterization of foodborne viruses

  • Exploring novel inactivation methods and approaches

  • Tracing reservoirs for transmission of enteric viruses in foods.

  • Food Virology Reference Centre for Canada (FVRC)

Key publications


  1. Robinson SJ, Borlang J, Himsworth CH, Pearl D L, Weese JS, Lindsay LR, Dibernardo A, Osiowy C, Nasheri N, and Jardine CM. Detection of rat hepatitis E virus (Rocahepevirus ratti genotype C1) in Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) from southern Ontario, Canada.  Emerging Infectious Diseases. 29(9):1890
  2. Ahmed R, Nasheri N. 2023. Animal reservoirs for hepatitis E virus within the Paslahepevirus genus. Veterinary Microbiology. 278:109618
  3. McLeod M, Belford G, Harlow J, Nasheri N. 2022. Examining the Effect of Organic Acids on Inactivation of Hepatitis E Virus. Journal of Food Protection. 85(12):1690
  4. Dallner M, Harlow J, Nasheri N. 2022. Efficacy of Washing Produce in Removing Human Coronavirus OC43 and Murine Norovirus. Journal of Applied Microbiology. 14(2):212
  5. Harlow J, Dallner M, Nasheri N. 2022. Protective Effect of Food Against Inactivation of Human Coronavirus OC43 by Gastrointestinal Fluids. Food and Environmental Virology. 14 (2):212
  6. Baylis SA, Adlhoch C, Childs L; and the HEV Sequencing Study Group. 2021. An Evaluation of Hepatitis E Virus Molecular Typing Methods. Clinical Chemistry. 68(1):181
  7. Flint A, Reaume S, Harlow J, Hoover E, Weedmark K, Nasheri N. 2021. Genomic analysis of human noroviruses using combined Illumina-Nanopore data. Virus Evolution. 7 (2), veab079
  8. Plante D, Bran Barrera JA, Lord M, Iugovaz I, Nasheri N. 2021.Development of an RNA Extraction Protocol for a Norovirus from Raw Oysters and Detection by qRT-PCR and Droplet-Digital RT-PCR. Foods.10 (8):1804.
  9. Dallner M, Harlow J, Nasheri N. 2021. Human coronaviruses do not transfer between surfaces in the absence of organic materials. Viruses. 13 (7):10.3390
  10. Blondin-Brosseau M, Harlow J, Doctor T, Nasheri N. 2021. Examining the persistence of human Coronavirus 229E on fresh produce. Food Microbiology 98:103780.
  11. Nasheri N, Harlow J, Chen A, Douglas A, Corneau N, Bidawid S. 2021. Survival and inactivation of enteric viruses in low moisture foods. Food and Environmental Virology 13:107
  12. O’Brien B, Goodridge L, Ronholm J, Nasheri N. (2021). Exploring the potential of foodborne transmission of respiratory viruses. Food Microbiology.95:103709
  13. Nasheri N, Harlow J, Chen, A, Corneau N, Bidawid S. 2021. Survival and Inactivation of Foodborne Viruses in Low Moisture Foods. Food and Environmental Virology. 13(1):107
  14. Nasheri N, Doctor T, Chen A, Harlow J, Gill A. 2020. Evaluation of High-Pressure Processing (HPP) in inactivation of the Hepatitis E Virus. Frontiers in Microbiology. 24;11:461
  15. Nasheri N, Harlow J, Chen A, Corneau N, Bidawid S. 2020. Evaluation of Bead-Based Assays in the Isolation of Foodborne Viruses from Low-Moisture Foods. Food Protection 83(3):388
  16. Nasheri N, Verster A, Petronella. 2019. Persistence and transmission of pathogenic enteric viruses in frozen produce. Epidemiology & Infection 147, e291,
  17. Suresh M, Harlow J, Nasheri N. 2019. Evaluation of porcine gastric mucin assay for detection and quantification of human norovirus in fresh herbs and leafy vegetables. Food Microbiology 84:103254
  18. Petronella P, Ronholm J, Suresh M, Harlow J, Myckytczuk O, Corneau N, Bidawid S, Nasheri N. 2018. Genetic characterization of norovirus GII.4 variants circulating in Canada using a metagenomic technique. BMC Infectious Diseases. 18(1):521
  19. Mykytczuk O, Harlow J, Bidawid S, Corneau N, Nasheri N. 2017. Prevalence and molecular characterization of the hepatitis E virus in retail pork products marketed in Canada. Food and Environmental Virology. 9(2):208-218
  20. Nasheri N, Ronholm J, Petronella N, Bidawid S, Corneau N. 2017. Characterization of the genomic diversity of norovirus in linked patients using a metagenomics deep sequencing approach. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:73
  21. Ronholm, J. Nasheri, N. Petronella, N, Pagotto F. 2016. Navigating microbiological food safety in the era of whole genome sequencing. Clinical Microbiology Reviews. 29(4):837-857

Research facility

251 Sir Frederick Banting Driveway
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9