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Isabel Leal

Isabel Leal

Research Scientist
Pacific Forestry Centre
506 Burnside Road West
Victoria, British Columbia, V8Z 1M5

Tel.: (250) 298-2351


After receiving her Ph. D from the Biochemistry and Microbiology Department of the University of Victoria, Dr. Isabel Leal became a postdoctoral fellow at the Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC) working on the differential expression of genes involved in the resistance against the white pine weevil in Sitka spruce. She was then hired as a biologist at PFC to work in the Forest Alien Invasive Research Group, developing molecular methods to detect pine wood nematode. Recently, Dr. Leal was appointed to the position of research scientist and one her research program consists of developing molecular tools to identify, characterize and detect forest pests with a view to protecting both Canadian forests and market access for Canadian forest products.


  • B.Sc., 1985; M.Sc., 1989; and Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Microbiology), 1994, all at the University of Victoria.


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