André Buret

Andre Buret

Positions

Associate Vice-President (Research)

University of Calgary

Professor

Faculty of Science, Department of Biological Sciences

Adjunct Professor

Cumming School of Medicine, Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Full Member

Inflammation Research Network

Full Member

Host-Parasite Interactions Program

Contact information

Phone number

Office: +1.403.220.2817
Lab: +1.403.220.8573

Location

Office: AD201E
Lab: BIOSCI 444

Contact Angelina Nair for schedule requests.

Background

Educational Background

PhD Pathophysiology of Infectious Diseases, University of Calgary, 1991

MSc Parasitology, University of Calgary, 1988

Teaching Diploma Neuchatel Switzerland, 1997

Physical Education Certificate Neuchatel Switzerland, 1983

Licence es Science Biology, Neuchatel Switzerland, 1983

Biography

Dr. Buret established his research program at the University of Calgary in 1995. To date, Dr. Buret has published over 180 articles and 18 book  chapters, and has been invited to deliver more than 350 presentations worldwide. Dr. Buret holds over 20 issued patents, and contributed to the creation of three biotech spin-off companies. He has mentored, more than 100 undergraduate research projects, 40 Ph.D and M.Sc. students as principal supervisor in his laboratory (all Research-based), as well as 14 post-doctoral fellows (and over 100 other PhD/MSc students as co-supervisor), who have obtained positions in industry, academia, and government. He received funding for, and co-directed, a new NSERC-CREATE training program on Host-Parasite Interactions that trained over 170 graduate students to date. He serves on many National, and International grant and government committees, and acts as advisor, scientific committee member, and/or board member for several institutes and private companies.

Dr. Buret was inducted in the Order of the University of Calgary (2013) the institution’s top honour, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (London UK, 2001), a Fellow of the Canadian Association of Gastroenterology (2020), and a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (2009). His long list of awards include many Graduate and Undergraduate Teaching Excellence awards from 2 universities, the 2007 NSERC Synergy Award for collaborative research and innovation with industry from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the 2007 Research Excellence Award from the Canadian Association of Gastroenterologists (for which he served as VP Research), the 2008 Robert A. Wardle Medal from the Canadian Society of Zoologists for excellence in Parasitology research, the 2019 Stoll-Stunkard award from the American Society of Parasitologists, and a Killam Professorship (2012). He also was awarded the 2012 City of Calgary Booster Club Award for Athletic Leadership (in karate). 

His research has been funded by more than 80 grants from numerous organizations, including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Dr. Buret has a current h index of 72, with over 17,500 citations to date (Google scholar). Dr. Buret is a certified ski instructor, and has achieved the current rank of roku dan renshi (6th dan, international Expert Master certification) in Chito Ryu Karate. He is the president of the Canadian and World Chito Ryu Karate Associations.

Research

Areas of Research

Pathophysiology of microbial-host interactions, with emphasis on how these may lead to inflammatory complications.

Diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and the lungs represent the most common causes of death in humans and other animal species worldwide. Using viral, bacterial and parasitic models, the overall aim of Dr. Buret’s research is to characterize microbial-host interactions in these systems, and how such interactions may affect gastrointestinal and pulmonary physiology, health, inflammation, and chronic disease, in an attempt to develop novel therapeutic strategies. Current emphasis is given to the role of microbiota in chronic gut inflammatory diseases, and immunomodulation by antibiotics particularly in cattle and swine.

Publications

Emily deMichele
MSc Student
emily.demichele1@ucalgary.ca

Olivia Sosnowski
PhD Student
olivia.sosnowski@ucalgary.ca

Sofia Combo
PhD Student
sofia.combo1@ucalgary.ca

Sergio Mendes
PhD Student
sergio.mendes1@ucalgary.ca

Thibault Allain, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
thibault.allain@ucalgary.ca