Graduate students in the lab working

Welcome to a world of interdisciplinarity, tackling the challenges of the day and imagining a better future!

The Applied Virus and Complex Biologics Bioprocessing Lab (AKA the Aucoin Lab) is a part of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo, a University situated on the traditional territory of ‎the Attawandaron, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. 

Students and trainees are the lifeblood of our group. We encourage everyone to view our group as a team that helps each other meet their full potential and reach their own personal goals. Trainees from our group typically have exposure to industry and other research groups on campus and around the world. Students have pursued start-up opportunities and even careers while undertaking their graduate work within our group. Working in this group has led to opportunities in academia, start-ups and large pharmaceutical companies.

Our group is always recruiting. We're proud to be diverse and welcome people of all background, genders, etc. All graduate require funding, either through my grants or through their personal scholarships. As funding is not unlimited, we may not be able to accomodate all requests to join the group but we try. If you are Canadian or a Canadian Permanant Resident, there are a lot of opportunities that exist for you to pursue graduate studies. Students with citizenship other than Canadian, have been both supported through scholarships from coutries where they hold citizenship or through research assitantships from my grants.

Although we tackle many different topics, it has always been my goal as an academic to actively pursue the control of biological systems from the standpoint of an engineer. Through my work, I recognized that neither pure biological control nor pure process control can effectively achieve optimal performance. Therefore, with the hopes of achieving holistic outcomes, I have dedicated my efforts to both fronts.

The YouTube video below was made back in 2011. Other than I was lot younger, and I was still an Assistant Professor at the time, virus-like particals (VLPs) still play a large role in our research program and what I say in the video is especially relevant to today's world, 10 years later.

The following YouTube video is a little more recent (2014) and also describes what we do in our lab.

  1. Aug. 11, 2021Congratulations to Mark Bruder!

    Congratulations to Mark Bruder on succesfully defending his PhD thesis entitled: Toward Optimization of the Baculovirus Expression Vector System - Development of Genetic Tools to Improve Biologics Production. 

  2. Aug. 11, 2021Aaron is featured by UW!

    Congratulations! to Aaron who is featured by UW: check it out here! 

  3. July 1, 2021Welcome to Irene Rodriguez Ruiz-Andino!

    Welcome to Irene Rodriguez Ruiz-Andino, who joined our group working on the detection of microbial contaminants in collaboration with Prof. Emeritus Bill Anderson!

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