Dr. Marcel Pinheiro's focus is zoology of the invertebrates, primarily benthic invertebrates and those that carry out a parasitic lifestyle. His undergraduate teaching focuses on exposing students to the diversity of eukaryotes, both single- and multi-celled, and striving to provide students with the chance to encounter these organisms in the field. Further, Dr. Pinheiro utilizes various technologies to enhance student engagement and writing in his classroom – at all years of study.
Undergraduate Advisor (Biomedical Sciences)
Biology Field Course Coordinator
Office: B1 276
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 39182
- Invertebrate Zoology
- Diversity of the ciliates
- Technology to enhance student engagement
Dr. Pinheiro is currently not active in research, but serves on graduate student advisory committees, and regularly provides peer review for several journals. Dr. Pinheiro's past research centred on the ciliate Tetrahymena thermophila, used as a tool for toxicology, in interactions with bacterial and animal viruses, and how these organisms may function as parasites of fish.
Dr. Pinheiro teaches numerous undergraduate courses. Course offerings have included
- Biology 414, Parasitology
- Biology 310, Invertebrate Zoology
- Biology 241, Introduction to Applied Microbiology
- Biology 112, Introductory Biology II
- Biology 110, Introductory Zoology
- Biology 101, Biology in the Modern World
Recent publications include
- Pinheiro, M.D.O. and Bols, N.C. (2015) Some but not all Tetrahymena species destroy monolayer cultures of cells from a wide range of tissues and species. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 62(5):605-613. Doi:10.1111/jeu.12214
- Pinheiro, M.D.O. and Bols, N.C. (2014) Delineating cellular interaction between ciliates and fish by co-culturing Tetrahymena thermophila with fish cells. Cell Biology International, 38(10):1138-1147. DOI: 10.1002/cbin.10310
- Pinheiro, M.D.O. and Bols, N.C. (2013) Use of cell cultures to study the interactions of ciliates with fish. Springer Science Reviews, 1:95-113. doi:10.1007/s40362-013-0008-5.
- Pinheiro, M.D.O., Yu, X., Zhao, Y., and Bols, N.C. (2014) Survival and growth of Tetrahymena thermophila in media that are conventionally used for piscine and mammalian cells. Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology, 61(1):17-26. doi:10.1111/jeu.12082.
- St Denis, C.H., Pinheiro, M.D.O., Power, M.E., and Bols, N.C. (2010) Effect of salt and urban water samples on bacterivory by the ciliate, Tetrahymena thermophila. Environmental Pollution 158: 502-507.
Please see Marcel Pinheiro's Google Scholar profile for a current list of his/her peer-reviewed articles.
Awards and Distinctions
- Outstanding Performance Award (2016)
- Recipient of the Jack Carlson Biology Department Teaching Excellence Award (2016)
- Completed the UW Centre for Teaching Excellence Instructional Skills Workshop (2015), and Teaching Excellence Academy (2014)
- Doctoral Completion Award, University of Waterloo (2012)
- Graduate Student Seminar Best Speaker Award (2012)
- Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship, NSERC (2009-2011)
- George G. Holz, Jr. and Robert L. Conner Travel Award, International Society of Protistology (2010)
- Best student platform presentation, Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, Laurentian Chapter (2008)
- Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology (2008)
- Dean of Science Award, University of Waterloo (2007)
- Best student poster presentation, Aquatic Toxicology Workshop (2005)
Professional Associations and Service
- International Society of Protistologists
- Canadian Society of Zoologists
- American Society for Parasitologists
The following news stories have featured Marcel Pinheiro's research:
2013 PhD Biology, University of Waterloo
2007 MSc Biology, University of Waterloo
2005 BSc Biology, University of Waterloo