I am an environmental chemist who began my career by studying the mass balance of contaminants, specifically mercury, in the St. Lawrence River basin. I then worked for the Canadian Forces as an occupational hygienist, where I did some work on noise in Sea King helicopters, but mainly on soldiers' exposure to atmospheric emissions produced during live gun firing.
Since arriving at the University of Alberta, I have been developing a program on nanoparticles and ultrafine particles. Specifically, I am interested in developing techniques for sampling and analyzing nanoparticles and ultrafine particles and assessing the health effects of these particles.
I am a member of the Alberta Respiratory Centre.
- Public Service Award of Excellence, 1999
Partnership with Other Research Groups and Industries
- Canadian Centre for Welding and Joining (CCWJ), University of Alberta
- Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta
- School of Engineering Safety and Risk Management, University of Alberta
- Canadian Welding Board (CWB)
- Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)
- Local 146: Boilermakers
- Local 488: Plumbers & Pipefitters
- MED 514: Occupational Hygiene
- ENGG 406: Methodologies and Tools (ESRM-MT)
My program presently concentrates on exposure assessment to welding fumes and their health effects using urinary metabolite profiling. My group has completed a research project on urinary metabolites in welder apprentices and we are now looking at using metals in exhaled breath condensates of welders as a biomarker of exposure to welding fumes.
3M/Government of Alberta Operating Grant (2019/2020)
“Urinary metabolites as biomarkers of welding fume exposure in professional welders”
WorkSafe BC Operating Grant (2019/2020)
“Metals in exhaled breath condensates as markers of exposure to welding fumes”
Environmental Chemistry, environmental monitoring, Exposure Assessment, inorganic trace analysis, occupational hygiene
Cassiede M., Mercier P., Shipley P.R., Dueck M., Kamravaei S., Nair S., Mino J., Pei L., Broadhurst D., Lacy P., Quemerais B. Comparison of computational approaches for identification and quantification of urinary metabolites in 1H-NMR spectra. Analytical Methods, 2018; 10, 2129-2137.
Mino J., Quemerais B. Using a Particle Counter to Inform the Creation of Similar Exposure Groups and Sampling Protocols in a Structural Steel Fabrication Facility. Toxics, 2017; 5(34): 1-17.
Stringer K.A., McKay R.T., Karnovsky A., Quemerais B., Lacy P. Metabolomics and its application to acute lung diseases. Front. Immunol., 2016; 7: 1-22. (IF: 6.4)
Quemerais B. Occupational Exposure to Atmospheric Emissions Produced During Live Gun Firing. Environ. & Pollut., 2013; 2(4): 57-69.
Quemerais B., Cossa D., Rondeau B., Pham T.T., Fortin B. Sources and fluxes of mercury in the St. Lawrence River. Environ. Sci. Technol., 1999; 33(6): 840-849.
Quemerais B., Cossa D., Rondeau B., Pham T.T., Fortin. B. Mercury distribution in relation to iron and manganese in the waters of the St. Lawrence River. Sci. Total Environ., 1998; 213: 193-201.
Master of Public Health
- University of Toronto
Doctor of Philosophy
- University of Nantes
Master of Science
- University of Dijon