Kirby, Christopher W., Ph.D.

Research Scientist, nuclear magnetic resonance and analytical chemistry


Contact Information:

440 University Avenue
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island C1A 4N6
Telephone: 902-367-7546
Fax: 902-566-6821
Email: chris.kirby@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • Nuclear magnetic resonance
  • Natural products chemistry
  • Structure elucidation of chemical and biochemical systems
  • Analytical chemistry methods
  • Biopesticides
  • Bioactives for health

Current Projects:

  • Bioprospecting for biopesticides: screening natural products as potential pesticides
  • Assessing woody plants for bio-active compounds and bioenergy
  • Examination of the cardio-protective potential of the berry anthocyanin, cyanidin 3-O-glucoside in vivo
  • Identifying phosphorus optimum rates for potato production in soils of varying phosphorus status and assessing risk of phosphorus loss in runoff in Atlantic Canada
  • Understanding the bio-insecticidal properties of buckwheat for wireworm control and the benefits associated with growing it as a rotation crop

Affiliations:

  • Member of the Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Faculty of Graduate Studies, UPEI

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2014

2013

2012

2011

Other Science Related Publications:

2014

  • Fischer, M.B., Nabuurs, M.H., McCallum, J.L., and Kirby, C.W. (2014). "Pyranoanthocyanin Behaviour in Solution.", MOOT XXVII NMR Symposium, Montreal, QC, Canada, October 18-19, 2014. (Poster)
  • Kirby, C.W., Nabuurs, M.H., and McCallum, J.L. (2014). "Anthocyanin and Pyranoanthocyanin biosynthesis in Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.).", 52nd Annual meeting of Phytochemical Society of North America, Naleigh, NC, USA, August 9-13, 2014.
  • Kirby, C.W., Nabuurs, M.H., and McCallum, J.L. (2014). "Anthocyanin and Pyranoanthocyanin biosynthesis in Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.).", 6th Maritime Natural Products Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 18-20, 2014.
  • McCallum, J.L. and Kirby, C.W. (2014). "Phytochemical profile of Staghorn sumac (Rhus typhina L) during inflorescence development.", Plant Biology 2014, Portland, Oregon, USA, July 12-16, 2014. (Poster)
  • Nabuurs, M.H., McCallum, J.L., and Kirby, C.W. (2014). "Isolation of Novel Pyranoanthocyanins From North American Ginseng Berry Pulp.", MOOT XXVII NMR Symposium, Montreal, QC, Canada, October 18-19, 2014. (Poster)
  • Nabuurs, M.H., McCallum, J.L., and Kirby, C.W. (2014). "Novel Pyranoanthocyanins Isolated From North American Ginseng Berry Pulp.", 6th Maritime Natural Products Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 18-20, 2014.

2013

  • Kirby, C.W., Wu, T., Tsao, R., and McCallum, J.L. (2013). "Isolation and structural characterization of unusual pyranoanthocyanins and related anthocyanins from Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.) via UPLC-ESI-MS, 1H, 13C, and 2D NMR spectroscopy).", 52nd Annual meeting of Phytochemical Society of North America (PSNA), Corvallis, Oregon, USA, August 2-7, 2013.

2012

  • Kirby, C.W., Wu, T., Tsao, R., and McCallum, J.L. (2012). "NMR structure elucidation of novel anthocyanins from Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina L.)", MOOT XXV Mini NMR Symposium, Université Laval, Québec City, QC, Canada, October 20-21, 2012.

2011

  • Fofana, B., Main, D., Ghose, K., Grimmett, M.G., Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., Peters, R.D., Drake, K.A., Locke, S.J, and Sweeney, M.E. (2011). "Improving the antioxidant capacity of field crops by increasing selenoprotein content.", 2011 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Phytopathological Society (with Plant Canada 2011), Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011, pp. 61, #1145. (Presentation)
  • Ghose, K., Sanderson, K.R., Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., and Fofana, B. (2011). "Genetic structure of Prince Edwards island wild rosehip ecotypes as revealed by single nucleotide polymorphism.", Canadian Phytopathological Society (CPS) 82nd Annual Meeting (with Plant Canada 2011), Halifax, NS, Canada, July 17-21, 2011, CSHS-9, pp. 283. (Poster)
  • Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., Bernard, K., and Fofana, B. (2011). "Cooked Flax Bolls: An Alternative Omega-3 Fatty Acid Source.", MOOT XXIV NMR Minisymposium, Toronto, ON, Canada, October 21-22, 2011. (Poster)

2010

  • Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Kirby, C.W., Sanderson, K.R., and Fofana, B. (2010). "Genetic and matebolite diversity in Atlantic Canada wild roses and its implication in drug and cultivar development.", 2nd Maritime Natural Products Conference, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, August 31-September 2, 2010.
  • Ghose, K., McCallum, J.L., Kirby, C.W., Sanderson, K.R., and Fofana, B. (2010). "Genetic and metabolite diversity in Atlantic Canada wild roses and its implications in drug and cultivar development.", Plant Biology 2010: Joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (CSPP) and American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), Montréal Convention Centre, Montréal, QC, Canada, July 31-August 4, 2010, P09073. (Poster)
  • Ji, X-H., Kirby, C.W., Burton, I., Melanson, J., Walter, J., and Zhang, J-Z. (2010). "Novel acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors from Senecio jacobaea.", 7th Annual Natural Health Products Research Conference: The Next Wave, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 23-26, 2010, Poster.
  • Johnson, J.B., Kulka, M., Wang, Y., Zidichouski, J., Saleh, T., Fofana, B., Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., Sanderson, K.R., Berrue, F., Kerr, R., Mackinnon, S., Zhang, J., and Chapman, R.A. (2010). "Comparative evaluation of the immunomodulatory activities of selected Prince Edward Island rose hip varieties.", 10th Agricultural Biotechnology International Conference (ABIC), Saskatoon, SK, Canada, September 12-15, 2010. (Poster)
  • Kirby, C.W. (2010). "Agri-NMR - A New Field in Agriculture.", Department of Chemistry Seminar series, University of Prince Edward Island, Charlottetown, PE, Canada, October 6, 2010, Invited talk.
  • Zhang, J-Z., Ji, X-H., Kirby, C.W., Chapman, B. P., Murphy, A.M., and Tai, H.H. (2010). "NMR-based metabolomic profiling of coloured potato varieties.", 7th Annual Natural Health Products Research Conference: The Next Wave, Halifax, NS, Canada, May 23-26, 2010.

2009

  • Kirby, C.W., Bain, A., Hartman, J.S., Berno, B., Hazendonk, P., Ye, E., Zwanzinger, J., McCallum, J.L., and Fofana, B. (2009). "From Semi-Conductors to Fatty Acids – the Versatility of NMR.", 4th Annual Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Research Resource Workshop, Halifax, NS, Canada, November 14, 2009, Invited talk.
  • Kirby, C.W., McCallum, J.L., and Fofana, B. (2009). "NMR Studies of the Fatty Acids Present in Flax Seed Development.", MOOT XXII NMR Minisymposium, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, October 17-18, 2009, 16. (Poster)
  • Kirby, C.W., Zhang, J-Z., Rayirath, U.P., and Prithiviraj, B. (2009). "Terrestrial Plant Anti-Freeze from Seaweed: An NMR Metobolomic Adventure.", 55th International Conference on Analytical Sciences and Spectroscopy, Kingston, ON, Canada, August 9-12, 2009, Invited talk.
  • Zhang, J-Z., Ji, X-H., Kirby, C.W., Rayorath, P., Critchley, A.T., and Prithiviraj, B. (2009). "1H NMR-based Metabolomic Profiling of Key Water Soluble Metabolites in Arabidopsis thaliana during Freezing and Thawing Affected by the Lipophilic Components of Brown Seaweed Ascophyllum nodosum.", 5th International Conference of the Metabolomics Society, Crowne Plaza Chateau Lacombe, Edmonton, AB, Canada, August 30-September 2, 2009, Poster.