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David Overy

Dr. at Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Ottawa Research & Development Center - Canada


Dr David Overy graduated from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) in 1999 with high honours in Environmental Science.  Following his graduation, Dr Overy held a research fellowship position at the Plant Protection Service in Wageningen (Netherlands).  He later went on to study mycology, pathology and natural products chemistry at the Danish Technical University where his PhD research focused on mycotoxigenic Penicillium species associated with blue mould rot of bulbs.  At the University of Wales, he completed a postdoctoral research position as an analytical chemist in a metabolomics research group, modelling metabolome changes in a variety of different transgenic agricultural plants and associated diseases (particularly rice blast disease of wheat, barley and rice). 

Dr Overy has also held industrial research positions as a Senior Microbiologist with Merck Research laboratories in Madrid, Spain and as a Senior Research Manager / Senior Scientist and Fungal Natural Products Group Leader at Nautilus Biosciences Canada Inc. and the University of Prince Edward Island (Canada). He is currently employed as a Research Scientist for Agriculture and AgriFood Canada (Government of Canada) at the Ottawa Research & Development Center. His research interests include integrating analytical chemistry and mass spectrometry-based metabolomics with current –omics methodologies in a variety of disciplines, including metabolite phenotyping of fungi, modelling host/pathogen metabolite interaction during disease and applying metabolomics methods to study environmental processes such as carbon stabilization in soils.

Dr Overy holds an adjunct professor status with the Department of Biology at Carleton University and the Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Ottawa where he teaches a course in Mass Spectrometry-Based Metabolomics.

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