Kyle Garver

Research Scientist
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Garver leads the Virology Research Program in the Aquatic Animal Health Section. The main focus of the program is to identify and characterize viruses of finfish, to better understand viral traffic throughout watersheds, and to develop prevention and treatment methodologies. Using current molecular biology techniques, the Virology research group obtains critical information on viral epidemiology and virus-host interactions, ultimately allowing a better understanding of viral origin, distribution, and impact on fish species.

Research and/or project statements

Professional activities / interests

Professor at:

  • Vancouver Island University

Education and awards

BSc (Biology) (1993) Pennsylvania State University

PhD (Molecular Virology) (2000) Purdue University

Key publications

  1. Development and validation of a reverse transcription quantitative PCR (RT-qPCR) for universal detection of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms in press (accepted January 18, 2011)
  2. Larval and juvenile Pacific herring Clupea pallasii are not susceptible to infectious hematopoietic necrosis under laboratory conditions. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms (2011) 93: 105-110.
  3. First identification of koi herpesvirus (KHV) in Canada affecting wild common carp. Journal of Wildlife Diseases (2010)Oct;46(4):1242-51.
  4. Virulence correlates with fitness in vivo for two M group genotypes of infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus (IHNV). Virology (2010) Aug 15;404(1):51-8.
  5. Resistance of and protective immunity in Redfish Lake sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) exposed to M type Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus. Journal of Aquatic Animal Health Jun;22(2):129-39.
  6. Viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV IVb) risk factors and association measures derived by expert panel. Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2010) 94:128-39
  7. Infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus genogroup-specific virulence mechanisms in sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka) from Redfish Lake, Idaho. Journal of Fish Diseases (2009) 32:619–631.
  8. Stability of viral hemorrhagic septicemia virus (VHSV) in freshwater and seawater at various temperatures. Dis Aquat Org, (2008) 82:171-178.
  9. In vivo virus growth competition assays demonstrate equal fitness of fish rhabdovirus strains that co-circulate in aquaculture. Virus Res. (2008) No. 137, 179-188.
  10. First detection of spring viremia of carp virus (SVCV) in common carp, Cyprinus carpio (L.) from Hamilton Harbour in Lake Ontario, Canada. Journal of Fish Disease, (2007) 30, 665-671.