Patrick Woo

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University Professor Emeritus
Phone number: 
519-824-4120 x53581
SSC 3508

Patrick has been a faculty member at the University of Guelph since 1974; his external appointments and awards include as NUS Visiting Research Professor in Singapore, as FAO Andre Meyer Research Fellow in Africa, & recipient of the Robert A Wardle Award in “Parasitology”. His research is on flagellates including those of medical & economic importance. Along with research publications in journals & books he also edited several well-received books on ‘fish health’ for CABI, UK.

His research/travels were sponsored by various international (e.g. FAO, United Nations; MEC, Spain; NUS, Singapore; CNPq, Brazil) and Canadian (e.g. CIDA; IDRC; NSERC; DFO) agencies.; consequently, he collaborated and interacted with colleagues in Asia, Africa, Europe, and N & S America; e.g. studies on human & wildlife trypanosomiases were in Uganda, Tanzania & Nigeria. He developed two other programs (fish disease & flagellate biology) and was research supervisor @ U of G to 12 Post-docs., 11 PhD, 18 MSc & numerous BSc students.

He founded and organized 'The Roy C Anderson Memorial Lecture in Parasitology'; eminent scientists including a Nobel Laureate had accepted his invitation to present public lectures at U of G on their research and to interact with students, faculty & general public. The University Senate elected him University Professor Emeritus and it was conferred at convocation by the Honorable Lincoln M Alexander, Chancellor.

  • B.Sc. - University of British Columbia
  • M.Sc. - University of British Columbia
  • Ph.D. - University of Guelph
  1. MRC Postdoctoral Fellow and Ballard Fellow @ the Ontario Veterinary College, U of G, Canada
  2. FAO Andre Mayer Research Fellow @ the East African Trypanosomiasis Research Organisation, Uganda, and @ the Serengeti Research Institute, Tanzania
  3. IDRC Research Consultant and Visiting Scientist @ the Nigerian Institute for Trypanosomiasis Research, Nigeria

Patrick has always focused his research on parasitic flagellates including those of medical (e.g. trypanosomiasis) and economic (e.g. cryptobiosis) importance. His research and travels, sponsored by numerous international (e.g. FAO, United Nations; NUS, Singapore; MEC, Spain) and Canadian (e.g. MRC; NSERC; IDRC) agencies allowed him to work and to interact with colleagues in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas (North, Central & South), and "ResearchGate" in 2019 listed 50 co-authors from many of his collaborations. His first research program was on ‘trypanosomiasis’ and it included both laboratory and field research; e.g. his studies on human trypanosomiasis were in East & West Africa.

He developed two multidisciplinary research programs (‘biology and systematics of flagellates’; ‘Cryptobia and cryptobiosis’) after his academic appointment @ U of G. The programs with contributions from highly dedicated/talented collaborators (e.g. graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, colleagues) had enjoyed continuous NSERC support from inception, and occasional sponsorships from other national (e.g. NCE; CIDA; IDRC) and international (e.g. FAO, United Nations; NUS, Singapore; MEC, Spain) agencies.

Patrick is also interested in other areas of inquiry which include pathogenic viruses and bacteria in animals; e.g. he founded 'The Roy C Anderson Memorial Lecture in Parasitology', and organized the lecture series for 15 years. Numerous very eminent scientists including a Nobel Laureate had accepted his invitation to present their research on infectious diseases at the University. He, with colleagues also edited several well-received multidisciplinary books on fish diseases and disorders. The U of G Senate elected him University Professor Emeritus after he retired, and it was conferred by the Chancellor at convocation.

1. Papers in Refereed Journals:

  • MacDonald, L., Alderman, S., Kramer, S., Woo, P.T.K. & Bernier, N. 2014. Hypoxaemia-induced leptin secretion: a mechanism for the control of food intake in diseased fish. J. Endocrinol. 221: 441-455.
  • Li, M. & Woo, P.T.K. 2014. Glucocorticoid receptors on and in a unicellular organism, Cryptobia salmositica. Internat'l. J. Parasitol. 44: 205-210.
  • Woo, P.T.K. & Ardelli, B.F. 2014. Immunity against selected piscine flagellates. Develop. Comp. Immunol. 43(2): 268-279 (invited review).
  • Madison, B.N., Woo, P.T.K. & Bernier, N.J. 2013. Duress without stress: Cryptobia infection results in HPI axis dysfunction in rainbow trout. J. Endocrinol. 218: 287-297.
  • Li, M., Leatherland, J. & Woo, P.T.K. 2013. Cortisol and dexamethasone increase the in vitro multiplication of the haemoflagellate, Cryptobia salmositica, possibly by interaction with a glucocorticoid receptor-like protein. Internat'l. J. Parasitol. 43: 353-360.

2. Book Chapters:

  • Jung, S.J. & Woo, P.T.K. 2012. Miaminensis avidus and related species. In: Fish Parasites: Pathobiology and Protection, (eds. P.T.K. Woo & K. Buchmann), CABI, Oxfordshire, U.K. pp.73-91.
  • Woo, P.T.K. 2012. Cryptobia (Trypanoplasma) salmositica. In: Fish Parasites: Pathobiology and Protection, (eds. P.T.K. Woo & K. Buchmann), CABI, Oxfordshire, U.K. pp. 30-54.
  • Woo, P.T.K. 2007. Strategies against piscine parasitosis: the Cryptobia model. In: Innovations and Technologies in Oceanography for Sustainable Development, pp 17-28 (invited review - presented @ the International Conference on Innovations and Technologies on Oceanography for Sustainable Development, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia).

3. Books:

  • Woo P.T.K., Leong J.A. & Buchmann K. (eds.), Climate Change and Infectious Fish Diseases, CABI, U.K. (in preparation).
  • Woo P.T.K. & Iwama, G.K. (eds.), Climate Change and Non-infectious Fish Disorders, CABI, U.K. (in preparation).
  • Woo P.T.K. & Cipriano R. (eds.), 2017. Fish Viruses and Bacteria: Pathobiology and Protection, CABI, U.K., 372 pages.
  • Woo P.T.K. & Bruno D.W. (eds.), 2014. Diseases and Disorders of Finfish in Cage Culture, 2nd edition, CABI, U.K., 354 pages.
  • Woo P.T.K. & Noakes D.J. (eds.), 2014. Salmon: Biology, Ecological Impacts and Economic Importance, Nova Science Publishers, U.S.A., 355 pages.

4. Special Journal Issue:

  • Woo P.T.K. & Cain, K. (eds.), 2013. Current and Emerging Diseases/Disorders of Fish in Aquaculture, Journal of Aquaculture Research and Development (JARD), OMICS, USA. doi:10.4172/2155-9546.S2-e001