Francis LeBlanc


Research in Aquatic Animal Health and Genomics

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

I work in the field of Aquatic Animal Health and Genomics in the goal of better understanding and mitigating the risk associated to diseases. I also work with various genomics and molecular biology techniques such as DNA microarrays, RNA-Seq and RAD-Seq on research questions relating to fish health and population genetics.

Research and/or project statements


  • Investigating the interaction between the Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV) and Atlantic salmon through the use of DNA microarrays and RNA-Seq.
  • Investigating the susceptibility of wild and farmed Atlantic salmon to the Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV) through the use of controlled in vivo disease challenges.
  • Assessment of the population structure of the eastern oyster in New Brunswick through the use of a RAD-Seq genotyping approach.

Education and awards

B.Sc. Biology, Université de Moncton, 2007

M.Sc. Biology, Université de Moncton, 2010

Key publications

  1. F. LeBlanc, J.R. Arseneau, S. Leadbeater, B. Glebe , M.Laflamme, N.Gagné, Transcriptional response of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) after primary versus secondary exposure to infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV). Molecular Immunology, 2012; 51 (2) 197-209
  2. F. LeBlanc., M. Laflamme, N. Gagné, Genetic markers of the immune response of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar) to Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV). Fish & Shellfish Immunology, 2010; 29 (2) 217-232