Canton, J

Dr. Johnathan Canton



Assistant Professor

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine

Full Member

The Calvin, Phoebe and Joan Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases

Associate Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Full Member

Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute

Contact information

Web presence

Phone number

Office phone: 403 7210 7350


Office: TRW1E52


Educational Background

PhD Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, 2012

BSc Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, 2008

Associate's Degree Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, St. John's College Junior College, Belize, 2005


My PhD is in Microbiology and Cell Science and was acquired at the University of Florida. After that I trained with Sergio Grinstein at the Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids) in macrophage biology. Later, I joined the lab of Caetano Reis e Sousa at the Francis Crick Institute in the UK. In 2021, I came to U of C as an assistant professor.


Areas of Research

Area of Focus

Apolipoprotein control of antigen cross-presentation and tumor immunity

Summary of Research

Our laboratory studies the very earliest events in the initiation of immune responses. Using high-throughput and super-resolution light microscopy we seek to unravel the complex interplay between cells that sense potential threats and effector cells that are responsible for restoring homeostasis. Our approach has been instrumental in unravelling the biophysical interactions that mediate immunity and is now being applied to study autoimmunity and cancer. 


Course number Course title Semester
VETM 307 Professional Skills I Fall 2021
VETM 343 Immunology Winter 2021, Spring 2022
VETM 690 Directed Studies - Selected topics in Immunobiology Fall 2021