Georgina K. Cox: Curriculum Vitae

Current position

Post Doctoral Fellow
2018 – present
University of Guelph
Department of Integrative Biology
Supervisor: Dr. Todd Gillis

Contact Information
Department of Pharmacology
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
421 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA 19104
Phone: +1 786 387 5173
Email: gcox@pennmedicine.upen.edu


Table of Contents

  1. Current position
  2. Previous positions
  3. Education
  4. Fellowships & Awards
  5. Teaching Experience
  6. Presentations
  7. Research Expeditions
  8. Service and Public Outreach
  9. Further Education
  10. Professional Affiliations
  11. Additional Certifications
  12. Peer-Reviewed Research Publications
  13. Technical Reports
  14. Manuscripts in preparation

Previous positions

Post Doctoral Fellow, 2017 – 2018
University of Pennsylvania
Perelmen School of Medicine
Department of Pharmacology
Centre of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology Supervisor: Dr. Jeffrey Field, Department of Pharmacology

Post Doctoral Fellow,
2015 - 2017
University of Miami
Rosenstiel School of Marine Science, RECOVER consortium
Supervisor: Dr. Martin Grosell, Department of Marine Biology and Ecology

Education

2015

Ph.D. in Zoology
University of British Columbia.
Advisor: Dr. Anthony P. Farrell, Department of Zoology
The functional significance and evolution of the coronary circulation in sharks.

2010

M.Sc. in Zoology
University of British Columbia
Advisor: Dr. Anthony P Farrell, Department of Zoology
Anoxic survival and cardiovascular responses of the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii.

2006

B.Sc. (Hons.) in Biology
University of New Brunswick
Senior project Advisor: Dr. Michael Burt
A study of mercury concentrations in the marine biota of the Quoddy region, N.B. in relation to finfish aquaculture.

Fellowships & Awards

  • McLean Fraser Summer Research Fellowship $1,600.0 (2015).
  • Graduate Star Fellowship, University of British Columbia $16,000/yr & tuition, (2010-2014).
  • National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada, $21,000/yr, (2010–2013).
  • Ring of Distinction, University of New Brunswick (2006).
  • Academic All Canadian, University of New Brunswick (2006).

Teaching Experience

2017 Guest lecture

Environmental Biology of Fishes
Professor: Martin Grosell. University of Miami
Lecture title: Optimizing oxygen delivery

2014 Guest Lecture

Molecular Adaptation of animals to the Environment
Professor: Jeffery Richards. University of British Columbia Lecture title: Optimizing Oxygen Delivery in Vertebrates

2014 Lab Instructor

Comparative Vertebrate Structure and Function
University of British Columbia.

2009-2014 Teaching Assistant

Comparative Vertebrate Structure and Function
University of British Columbia

2013 Guest Lecture

General Biology Course
University of California, San Diego, USA
Professor: Chin Lai, University of California
Lecture title: Form and function of Vertebrate Coronary arteries

2013, 2014 Teaching Assistant

Comparative Invertebrate Structure and Function
University of British Columbia.

2011 Teaching Assistant

Biological Statistics
University of British Columbia

2007 Teaching Assistant

Cell physiology
University of British Columbia

Presentations

Conference Presentations

  1. Cox, GK, Crossley, II DA, Stieglitz, JD, Heuer, RM, Hoenig R, and Grosell M (2017) All oiled up: The effects of crude oil on cardiovascular function. Gothenburg, Sweden. International. Poster
  2. Cox GK, Crossley II DA, Stieglitz JD, Heuer RM, Hoenig R and Grosell M (2017) Too crude: The decline in cardiac function in Gulf of Mexico Pelagic fish species. American Fisheries Society (AFS) Annual meeting, Tampa, Florida, United States. Talk
  3. Heuer RM, Shiels HA, Galli GLJ. Cox, GK, Stieglitz JD, Hoenig R, Benetti D, Grosell M, Crossley DA II (2016) Impacts of crude oil on ventricular myocyte function in the mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). Setac Annual meeting. Orland, Florida, United States. Talk
  4. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2015) Oxygen supply to the shark heart: keeping up with the beat. Society for Experimental Biology. Prague, Czech Republic. Talk
  5. Gillis TE, Regan MD, Cox GK, Harter TS, Brauner CJ, Richards JG and Farrell AP (2015) Characterizing the metabolic capacity of the anoxic hagfish heart. Canadian Society of Zoologist Annual Meeting, University of Calgary, Canada. Talk
  6. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2014) Myocardial oxygen delivery in sharks: new twists to and old tale. Society for Experimental Biology. University of Manchester, England.
  7. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2014) Oxygen supply and demand in shark hearts. Canadian Society of Zoologists, Genomes to Biomes, Montreal Canada. Talk
  8. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2014) A tale of two hearts: Optimizing myocardial oxygen delivery. ZGSA symposium, University of British Columbia, Vancouver Canada. Talk
  9. Cox GK, Sandblom E, Richards J and Farrell AP (2010) Metabolic and cardiovascular responses to anoxia in the Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii). Canadian Society of Zoologists, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia. Talk
  10. Cox GK, Sandblom E and Farrell AP (2009) Anoxia tolerance in the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. Canadian Society of Zoologists, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Ontario. Talk
  11. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2008) Anoxia tolerance and oxygen debt in the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. International Congress on the Biology of Fishes, Portland, USA. Poster presentation.
  12. Didyk AS, Bourgeois NA, Arp PA, Bourque J, Braune B, Cox GK, Ritchie C, Wells PG and Burt MDB (2005). The roles of Corophium valuator and mercury in compromising shorebird migration. The Changing Bay of Fundy- Beyond 400 years, Huntsman Marine Science Centre, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Talk

Invited Seminars

  1. Cox GK (2017) All oiled up: The effects of crude oil exposure on cardiovascular function. Centre of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania, USA

  2. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2015) Form and function of the coronary artery in sharks. Les Ecologists Seminar Series. Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Academic Seminars

  1. Cox GK and Farrell AP (2014) Getting to the heart of the matter: characterizing coronary artery blood flow in elasmobranchs. Comparative physiology BEERS seminar series. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

  2. Cox GK and Farrell (2013) Form and function of the Coronary Artery in Vertebrates. Comparative physiology BEERS seminar series. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

  3. Cox GK (2011) Fish swimming modes. Comparative physiology BEERS seminar series. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

  4. Cox GK and Farrell (2010). Anoxia tolerance and cardiovascular physiology of the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. Comparative physiology BEERS seminar series

  5. Cox GK and Farrell (2009). Anoxia tolerance in the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. Comparative physiology BEERS seminar series

Research Expeditions

2017 Mahi-mahi tagging

Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida
Collaborator: Grosell Lab
Funded by: Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative and the RECOVER consortium
Tagging data and samples were used to track mahi mahi migration on the eastern seaboard.

2013 Pacific shark survey

Pacific ocean off of California
Collaborator: Nick Wegner and NOAA
Funded by: NOAA
Samples obtained were used to investigate cardiac and coronary artery morphology in shark species

2011 Dana Research Cruise

Iceland and Greenland
Collaborator: John Steffensen (University of Copenhagen) and Peter Bushnell (Indiana University, South Bend).
Funded by: Save our Seas foundation / University of Copenhagen
Samples obtained were used to investigate cardiac morphology in cold/deep water elasmobranchs (Greenland sharks).

2008, 2009 Bamfeild Marine Science Centre

Bamfeild, BC, Canada
Funded by: NSERC
Investigation of anoxic survival mechanisms in hagfish.

2002-2006 Huntsman Marine Centre

St. Andrews, New Brunswick
Funded by: NSERC Discovery
Investigation of parasite loads in invertebrates and vertebrates of the Quoddy region.

Service and Public Outreach

Peer Referee (2011-Current)

  • American Journal of Physiology
  • Journal of Morphology
  • Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part C
  • Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part B

Public outreach scientist (2017)

Ocean Kids Day – “Oil and the mini mahi malady”
Virginia Beach Park, Miami, Florida.

Public outreach talk presenter (2016)

The power of the Mahi heart
Saltwater Brewery
Delray Beach, Florida.

Pubic outreach scientist (2016)

Turtlefest
Loggerhead Marine Life Center
Palm Beach, Florida.

Science advisor (2015)

“Animals Inside Out” exhibition
Science World
Vancouver, Canada.

Volunteer scientist (2013, 2014)

Scientist in residence program
Vancouver area school districts

Student representative (2013)

Comparative physiology space committee
University of British Columbia

Student representative (2013)

Committee Member
External review of the Department of Zoology, UBC.

President (2012-2013)

Zoology Graduate Student Association (ZGSA)
University of British Columbia

Lead Symposium Organizer (2013)

Zoology Graduate Student Association (ZGSA)
Research Symposium
University of British Columbia

Science fair Judge (2012)

Science fair finals
Vancouver, BC

Treasurer (2011-2012)

Zoology Graduate Student Association
University of British Columbia

Vice President (2010-2011)

Zoology Graduate Student Association
University of British Columbia

Student Representative (2011)

CAER safety committee
Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Varsity Swim team Captain (2005 - 2006)

University of New Brunswick
Fredericton, NB

Assistant Symposium Organizer (2005)

The Changing Bay of Fundy – Beyond 400 Years
University of New Brunswick

Further Education

2015

Techniques for measuring respiration, swimming performance and preference/Behavior in aquatic invertebrates and fish.
University of Miami (2015).
Instructors: Jannik Herskin (Loligo Systems), Martin Grosell (University of Miami) and Edward Mager (University of Miami)

2011

Fish Swimming: Kinematics, Ecomorphology, Behaviour and Environmental Physiology Friday Harbor Laboritories, University of Washington
Instructors: Dr. John Steffensen (University of Copenhagen) and Dr. Paolo Domenici (IAMC).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physiological Society
  • Society of Experimental Biologists
  • Canadian Society of Zoologists
  • American Fisheries Society

Additional Certifications

  1. Species-specific hands-on training (mouse), University of Pennsylvania
  2. Bloodborne pathogens (clinical), University of Pennsylvania
  3. Recombinant DNA training, University of Pennsylvania
  4. The institutional animal care and use committee certification, University of Pennsylvania
  5. Animal user personal safety, University of Pennsylvania
  6. The institutional animal care and use committee certification, University of Miami
  7. Animal care certification from the Canadian Council on Animal Care, University of British Columbia, Canada
  8. Decentralized Animal Care & Sick Animal Recognition for Aquatic Animals Certificate, Institutional animal care and use committee, University of Washington, USA
  9. Animal use Laws and Regulations Training Certificate, Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee, University of Washington, USA
  10. PADI open water and advanced scuba diver certifications
  11. WHMIS Certification
  12. Pleasure craft operator licence, Canada
  13. Florida Safe Boating, USA

Peer-Reviewed Research Publications

Published (h-index 6, Google Scholar):

13. Cox GK, Crossley II DA, Stieglitz JD, Heuer RM, Hoenig R and Grosell M. Oil exposure impairs in situ cardiac function in Cobia (Rachycentron canadum) (*In Press: Journal of Environmental Science and Technology: es-2017-03820z.R1). DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.7b03820

12. Nelson D, Stieglitz JD, Cox GK, Heuer RM, Benetti DD, Grosell M, Crossley DA II. (2017). Cardio-respiratory function during exercise in the cobia, Rachycentron canadum: The impact of crude oil exposure. Comp Biochem Physiol C Toxicol Pharmacol 201: 58-65.

11. Cox GK, Brill RW, Bonaro KA, Farrell AP (2017). Determinants of coronary blood flow in the sandbar shark Carcharhinus plumbeus. J Comp Physiol B. 187, 315-327.

10. Nelson D, Heuer RM, Cox GK, Stieglitz JD, Hoenig R, Mager, EM, Benetti DD, Grosell M, Crossley DA II. (2016). Effects of crude oil on in situ cardiac function in young adult mahi-mahi (Coryphaena hippurus). Aquatic toxicology 180, 274-281.

9. Cox GK, Kennedy G, Farrell AP (2016). Morphological arrangement of the coronary vasculature in a shark (Squalus sucklei) and a teleost (Oncorhynchus mykiss). J Morphology 277, 896-905.

8. Wilson CM, Roa JN, Cox GK, Tresguerres M, Farrell AP (2016). A tell-tale heart: The ancestral, anoxia-tolerant hagfish divulges novel heart rate control mechanism. J Exp Biol 219, 3227-3236.

7. Gillis TE, Regan MD, Cox GK, Harter TS, Brauner CJ, Richards JG, Farrell AP (2015). Characterizing the metabolic capacity of the anoxic hagfish heart. J Exp Biol 218, 3754-3761.

6. Wilson CM, Cox GK, Farrell AP (2014). The beat goes on: Cardiac pacemaking in extreme conditions. J Comp Physiol A. 186: 52-60.

5. Farrell AP, Farrell ND, Jourdan H, Cox GK (2012). A perspective on the evolution of the coronary circulation in fishes and the transition to terrestrial life. In Ontogeny and Phylogeny of the Vertebrate Heart (ed. D. Sedmera and T. Wang), pp. 75-102. New York: Springer.

4. Cox GK, Sandbloom E, Richards JG and Farrell AP (2011). Anoxic survival of the Pacific hagfish (Eptatretus stoutii). J Comp Physiol B. 181, 361-371.

3. Cox GK, Sandbloom E and Farrell AP (2010). Cardiac responses to anoxia in the Pacific hagfish, Eptatretus stoutii. J Exp Biol 213, 3692-3698.

2. Sandblom E, Cox GK, Perry SF and Farrell AP (2009). The role of venous capacitance, circulating catecholamines, and heart rate in the hemodynamic response to increased temperature and hypoxia in the dogfish. Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol 296,1547-1556.

1. Clark TD, Sandblom E, Cox GK, Hinch SG and Farrell AP. (2008). Circulatory limits to oxygen supply during an acute temperature increase in the Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Am J Physiol Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol 295, 1631-1639.

Technical Reports

  1. Didyk AS, Bourgeois N, Bourque J, Ritchie C, Cox GK, Wells PG, and Arp PA (2004). Intensive bioaccumulation of low levels of mercury in semipalmated sandpipers results in the potential inability to complete their fall migration to South America.  COMERN (Collaborative Mercury Research Network) Food Web Workshop, Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Manuscripts in preparation

  1. Cox GK, Schouer K and Grosell M. PAH partitioning in the blood of oil exposed mahi mahi (Coryphaena hippurus)

  2. Cox GK, Wegner NC, Lai NC, and Farrell AP. Coronary blood flow in leopard sharks, Triakis semifasciata, during acute warming.

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