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Dr. Raymond Thomas

Associate Professor
Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences​


I have a PhD in Biology with a specialization in Environmental Stress Physiology and Biochemistry, MSc in Horticulture (Plant Physiology), BSc (Hons) in Agriculture, ASc in General Agriculture. Post-doctoral Fellowship was in Environmental Stress Lipidomics and Neurolipidomics. My research approach and programs are very multidisciplinary and involves collaborations with other scientists or end users in government (Regional, Provincial and Federal), industry, and academia in the areas of agriculture, food science, analytical chemistry, biostatistics, neuroscience and nutritional biochemistry; to assess the roles of lipids in agriculture production, food and human health outcomes. Analytical expertise: (pressurize solvent extraction, mass spectrometry, chromatography and vibrational spectroscopy).

Dr. Thu Huong (Nicole) Pham

I completed PhD in analytical chemistry from University of Wollongong, NSW, Australia. During my doctorate research I contributed in the development of three mass spectrometric techniques namely OzID (ozone-induced dissociation), CIDn/OzIDn (combination of collision-induced dissociation and OzID) and RDD (radical-induced dissociation) in studying the small alternation in lipid structures and their impact on lipid metabolism. After graduation I have 3-year postdoc experience in University of California, Riverside, USA. I’m currently working at Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) as Postdoctoral Research Associate in Dr. Raymond Thomas's research group to develop analytical methods applying to a broad range of functional compounds including proteins, lipids, antioxidants, and evaluation methods in functional food research.

Dr. Natalia P. Vidal

I am a Postdoctoral Fellow at Dr. Raymond Thomas group. My area of expertise is the evaluation of the quality and safety of food by chromatographic and spectroscopic techniques (H NMR and FTIR). I am the manager of the new functional foods sensory lab recently opened at Memorial University.

Charles Manful (Elias)

PhD student
Charles is from Ghana and has a chemistry background. He joined the group in May 2017 and is working on developing the berry industry in the Province for his PhD. He is into his 2nd year in the program. When he is not working on his reseach Charles loves to bike and cook.

Tiffany Fillier

PhD student

Memorial University of Newfoundland: Grenfell Campus

Supervisors: Dr. Raymond Thomas, Dr. Sukhinder Cheema, Dr. Erika Merschrod, Dr. Erin Fraser, Dr. Jacqueline Blundell, Dr. Karen Doody

I have previously completed a BSc (honors) in Environmental Science - Biology Stream. I also worked as a research assistant during my undergraduate studies. Now, I am currently a PhD candidate through the MUN Environmental Science program. I use neuro-lipidomics to study the effects of different treatments on brain lipid metabolism. My focus is primarily on neurolipid biochemistry and brain health. 

Oludoyin Adigun

PhD student

Supervisors: Dr Raymond Thomas and Dr Erika Merschrod

I am a graduate student (PhD Candidate) in Environmental Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland. My research’s goal is seeking to understand the molecular basis of a key plant defense pathway in soybean to improve food security and ultimately environmentally sustainable agricultural practices. My research focus is on environmental stress lipidomics.

Melissa C. Hamilton

Master student

I completed a Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science: Biology after which I started my Masters of Science under the supervision of Dr. Raymond Thomas and Dr. Peter Stewart. I work closely with Natalia Prieto- Vidal (post-doctoral supervisor) on food science related research. My work focuses on the sensory, nutritional and functional qualities and safety of grilled food.

Heather Spicer

Master Student

Supervisors: Dr. Raymond Thomas, Dr. Joseph Bowden, Dr. Eric Moise

I am a Masters Candidate in the Boreal Ecosystems and Agricultural Sciences program working in collaboration with the Canadian Forest Service. The goal of my research is to explore changes in spruce budworm growth and development in response to climate change. The spruce budworm is a significant pest of conifer forests in eastern Canada, and understanding the extent to which it responds to warmer temperatures will highlight potential consequences for future pest-tree interactions. 

Muhammad Ali

Master student

Memorial University of Newfoundland, Grenfell Campus

I started the course Master of Science and joined in Dr. Raymond Thomas research group in 2016. My primary research focus on the use of nanotechnology to improve plant performance. I'm currently completing my Master thesis.

Grace Callahan

Undergrad student

​I am a former WISE student working as a research assistant in Dr. Raymond Thomas research group. I recently start my undergraduate studies Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science- Biology Stream and am now continuing as research assistant in the group. I work under the supervision of and Natalia Prieto Vidal. My work focuses on evaluating different extraction methods using pressurized solvent extractors to obtain high purity extracts of various biomolecules.

Nicole M. Walsh

Undergrad student

I am a NSERC USRA fellow in Dr. Raymond Thomas research group. My research focuses on foodomic

Muhammad Zaeem


I completed my BSc.(Hons) Agri-Sciences (Agronomy) from University of Agriculture Faisalabad Pakistan. Then I joined Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada and completed my Master of Science in Boreal Ecosystem and Agricultural Sciences. My primary research focus on the use of intercropping to improve forage productivity and quality under cool climatic condition in boreal ecosystem. ​

Mr. Zaeem is the first graduated student from Dr. Raymond Thomas lipidomics group. He has been awarded the "Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies" for the academic excellence work he did throughout his program and Master thesis.