Veterinary Biomedical Sciences
Office Location: WCVM 1319
- BSc, Pharmacy, University of British Columbia
- PhD, Pharmacology & Toxicology, University of British Columbia
- Post-doctoral Fellow, Smooth Muscle Research Group, University of Calgary
- Post-doctoral Researcher, Zoology, Oklahoma State University
Teaching and Clinical Areas
Dr. Weber's main teaching responsibility is VBMS 221 (Physiology I) which is the core physiology course for veterinary students. The course includes sections of cardiovascular, renal and acid-base physiology. She also teaches in VBMS 323 (basic principles of pharmacology), covering sections on autonomic, cardiac and diuretic pharmacology. Finally, she contributes to graduate level teaching in cardiovascular physiology and environmental toxicology.
Dr. Weber's main research focus is on the effect of environmental toxicants on the cardiovascular system. In particular, she is interested in the interaction of toxicants with genes via nuclear receptors to produce alterations in development and function of the cardiovascular system in mammals and fish. These are her current research projects:
- Role of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in tobacco smoke-induced vascular dysfunction.
- Dog epidemiology studies examining the effects of glycemic index, obesity and second-hand tobacco smoke on cardiovascular function.
- Interaction of genes and the environment with the aryl hydrocarbon receptor and fish cardiovascular function.
- Effects of metal mining effluents on fish larval development and performance.
- Weber LP. 2004. "Acute ex vivo effects of dimethylbenz[a]anthracene and heat shock on rat tail artery." Cardiovascular Toxicology. 4: 355-362.
- Weber LP, Hill RL, Janz DM. 2003. "Developmental estrogenic exposure in zebrafish (Danio rerio): II. Histological evaluation of gametogenesis and organ toxicity." Aquatic Toxicology. 63: 431-466.
- Weber LP, Van Lierop JE, Walsh MP. 1999. "Ca2+-independent phosphorylation of myosin in rat caudal artery and chicken gizzard myofilaments." Journal of Physiology (London). 516.3: 805-824.