Marcel Gagnon

Supervisor Science Laboratory Services

Lead project teams engaged in the development, improvement and implementation of detection methods for major food pathogens, in support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) surveillance and monitoring programs.

Current research and/or projects

The main interest of the St-Hyacinthe Laboratory's project team - Food Microbiology - is to implement practices and methods that have a direct impact in the short and medium term on the diagnostic activities of the CFIA's 6 food microbiology laboratories. The techniques evaluated are based on classical microbiology, molecular biology and whole genome sequencing, and are aimed at detecting and quantifying the main food pathogens identified in CFIA's surveillance programs.

Research and/or project statements

  • 2022: Growth of food pathogens (Listeria monocytogenes and Salmonella) in the primary enrichment broths described in the methods used by regulatory agencies.
    2023: Scope extension of various methods for the rapid detection of Salmonella in composite food samples.

Professional activities / interests

  • Leads and supports the unit's project team in carrying out their mandates for method development, validation and implementation.
  • Participates in working groups to evaluate food microbiology method validation package for inclusion in Health Canada's Compendium of Analytical Methods.

Education and awards

B.Sc (Hons.) in Microbiology and Immunology, Université de Montréal, 2000




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