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Dr. Thomas  Canam

Dr. Thomas Canam

Associate Professor

Office: 3054 - Life Science
Phone: 217-581-6608
Email: tcanam@eiu.edu

Office Hours: Monday & Wednesday 1-2 pm and 3-4 pm 

Course  Days & Time Location
 BIO 3120-001 & 002   M W 2:00-2:50 pm   LFSB 3080
 BIO 3120-001 LAB   T R 12:00-1:50 pm  LFSB 2081
 BIO 3120-002 LAB   T R 2:00-3:50 pm  LFSB 2081 

Frequently Taught Courses

BIO3120 - Molecular and Cellular Biology
BIO5333 - Bioenergy and Bioresources


Ph.D. in Forestry - The University of British Columbia 
B.S. (Hon.) in Biochemistry - Mount Allison University


My research focuses on using plants for bioenergy and bioproduct applications. One aspect of my research involves using biotechnology to tailor plant traits for specific applications, such as bioethanol production.

I am also interested in using bacteria and fungi as pretreatment agents of agricultural residues destined for biomass-to-bioenergy processes, such as gasification. At EIU, my research will complement the numerous green energy initiatives on campus, including the Renewable Energy Center (http://www.eiu.edu/fpm/erec.php) and the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (http://castle.eiu.edu/energy/).

Selected Publications

Hladilek, H.D., Gaines, K.F., Novak, J.M., Collard, D.A., Johnson, D.B., and Canam, T. (2016) Microbial community structure of a freshwater system receiving wastewater effluent. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 188: 626.
DOI: 10.1007/s10661-016-5630-7

Heffron, K.T., Gaines, K.F., Novak, J.M., Canam, T., and Collard, D.A. (2016) 17β-estradiol influent and effluent concentrations in wastewater: demographic influences and the risk to environmental health. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment. 188: 288.
DOI: 10.1007/s10661-016-5292-5
Thapa, S., Johnson, D.J., Liu, P.P., and Canam, T. (2015) Algal biomass as a binding agent for the densification of Miscanthus. Waste and Biomass Valorization. 6: 91-95.
DOI: 10.1007/s12649-014-9326-3
Canam. T., Li, X., Holowachuk, J., Yu, M., Xia, J., Mandal, R., Krishnamurthy, R., Bouatra, S., Sinelnikov, I., Yu, B., Grenkow, L., Wishart, D.S., Steppuhn, H., Falk, K.C., Dumonceaux, T.J. and Gruber, M.Y. (2013) Differential metabolite profiles and salinity tolerance between two genetically-related brown-seeded and yellow-seeded Brassica carinata lines. Plant Science. 198: 17-26.
DOI: 10.1016/j.plantsci.2012.09.011
Tsai, A.Y.-L., Canam, T., Gorzsás, A., Mellerowicz, E., Campbell, M.M., and Master, E.R. (2012) Constitutive expression of a fungal glucuronoyl esterase in Arabidopsis reveals altered cell wall composition and structure. Plant Biotechnology Journal. 10:1077-1087.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7652.2012.00735.x
Unda, F., Canam, T., Preston, L., and Mansfield, S.D. (2012) Isolation and characterization of hybrid poplar galactinol synthases. Journal of Experimental Botany 63: 2059-2069.
DOI: 10.1093/jxb/err411
Ramirez-Bribiesca, J.E., Wang Y., Long J., Canam T., Town J.R., Tsang, A., Dumonceaux T.J., and McAllister, T.A. (2011) Chemical characterization and in vitro fermentation of Brassica straw treated with the aerobic fungus Trametes versicolor. Canadian Journal of Animal Science. 91: 695-702.
Canam, T., Town, J.R., Tsang, A., McAllister, T.A., and Dumonceaux, T.J. (2011) Biological pretreatment with a cellobiose dehydrogenase-deficient strain of Trametes versicolor enhances the biofuel potential of canola straw. Bioresource Technology. 102: 10020-10027.
DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2011.08.045

MacDonald, J., Doering, M., Canam, T., Gong, Y., Guttman, D., Campbell, M.M., and Master, E.R. (2011) Transcriptomic responses of the softwood-degrading white-rot fungus Phanerochaete carnosa during growth on coniferous and deciduous wood. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 77: 3211-3218.
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.02490-10
Adapa, P.K., Tabil, L.G., Schoenau, G.J., Canam T., and Dumonceaux. T.J. (2011) Quantitative analysis of lignocellulosic components of non-treated and steam exploded barley, canola, oat and wheat straw using Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy. The Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology B. 1:177-188.
Park, J.-Y., Canam, T., Kang, K.-Y., Unda, F., and Mansfield, S.D. (2009) Sucrose phosphate synthase expression influences poplar phenology. Tree Physiology. 29: 937-946.
DOI: 10.1093/treephys/tpp028
Park, J.-Y., Canam, T., Kang, K.-Y., Ellis, D.D., and Mansfield, S.D. (2008) Over-expression of an Arabidopsis family A sucrose phosphate synthase (SPS) gene alters plant growth and fibre development. Transgenic Research. 17: 181-192.
DOI: 10.1007/s11248-007-9090-2
Canam, T., Unda, F., and Mansfield, S.D. (2008) Heterologous expression and functional characterization of two cell-wall invertases from hybrid poplar. Planta. 228 (6): 1011-1019.
DOI: 10.1007/s00425-008-0801-6
Canam, T., Mak, S.W.Y., and Mansfield, S.D. (2008) Spatial and temporal expression profiling of cell-wall invertase genes in hybrid poplar. Tree Physiology. 28: 1059-1067.
Coleman, H.D., Canam, T., Kang, K.-Y., Ellis, D.D., and Mansfield, S.D. (2007) Over-expression of UDP-glucose pyrophosphorylase in hybrid poplar affects carbon allocation. The Journal of Experimental Botany. 58: 4257-4268.
DOI: 10.1093/jxb/erm287
Canam, T., Park, J.-Y., Yu, K.Y., Campbell, M.M., Ellis, D.D., and Mansfield, S.D. (2006) Varied growth, biomass and cellulose content in tobacco expressing yeast-derived invertases. Planta. 224: 1315-1327.
DOI: 10.1007/s00425-006-0313-1
Editorials and Commentaries
Canam, T., Dumonceaux, T.J., Record, E., and Li, Y.B. (2013) White Rot Fungi: The key to sustainable biofuel production? Biofuels. 4:247-250.
Canam, T., and Campbell, M.M. (2009) Genes and nitrogen fuel wood formation. New Phytologist. 182: 783-785.
DOI: 10.1111/j.1469-8137.2009.02856.x
Book Chapters
Canam, T., Town, T., Iroba, K., Tabil, L., and Dumonceaux, T.J. (2013) “Pretreatment of lignocellulosic biomass using microorganisms: Approaches, advantages, and limitations” in Sustainable Degradation of Lignocellulose Biomass – Techniques, Applications and Commercialization. Eds. Chandel, A.K. and da Silva, S.S. InTech publishing, ISBN: 978-953-51-1119-1.
DOI: 10.5772/55088

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