Don Stoltz


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Related information:

Phone: 902-494-2590
Fax: 902-494-5125
Mailing Address: 
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Dalhousie University
Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building, Room 7L
5850 College Street
PO Box 15000
Halifax Nova Scotia Canada B3H 4R2
Research Topics:
  • Microbiology
  • Virology
  • Cell Biology
  • Polydnaviruses
  • Insect Virology
  • Invertebrate Immunology


BSc Agr., Ontario Agricultural College
MSc, Queen’s University
PhD, McMaster University
Postdoctoral Training, Cell Research Institute, Univ. of Texas, Austin, TX.

Research interests

Research interests include most areas of insect virology in general. More specifically, we are interested in the biology of viruses, particularly the polydnaviruses, affecting species of parasitic hymenoptera.

Selected publications

  • Stoltz D.B., and Whitfield, J.M. Making nice with viruses. Science 323: 884-885, 2009.
  • Stoltz, D.B. and Makkay, A.M.  Overt viral diseases induced from apparent latency following parasitisation by the ichneumonid wasp, Hyposoter exiguae.  J. Insect Physiol. 49:  483-489, 2003.
  • Stoltz, D.B.  Evidence for chromosomal transmission of polydnavirus DNA.  J. gen. Virol. 71:1051-1056, 1990.
  • Stoltz, D.B. and Vinson, S.B. Viruses and parasitism in insects. Adv. Virus Res. 24: 125-171, 1979.

Other interests and achievements

  • Designed and implemented the Dept. Honours Degree Program in 1976. Elements of this degree program have been tweaked over the years, but its overall structure remains essentially unchanged to this day.
  • Designed and implemented what is now known as MICI 2100, our introductory microbiology and immunology course, in 1976. I lectured in and coordinated this course until Dec., 2006. With assistance from TAs and staff, I personally ran almost all of the labs twice weekly.
  • Served on the Med. School Admissions Committee for some 6 years, which I think is a record of sorts. I chaired the Committee one year (1997-1998).

I have discontinued my research program, and so am now doing a lot of undergrad advising and some teaching. On occasion, I help folks out with TEM. I’m not recruiting either grad or undergrad students.