Bacterial molecular genetics
Functional genomics, metagenomics, genome engineering
Synthetic biology, bioplastics and bioproducts
[Biology News] December 21, 2016 "Waterloo biologist part of a research collaboration creating new genetic toolbox"
[Royal Canadian Institute Lecture] November 8, 2015 "Genome Engineering. Should we do it? (Can we afford not to?)"
[YouTube Lecture] September 30, 2014 "Mining microbial metagenomes"
[YouTube Lecture] September 19, 2013 "Mining metagenomes for bioplastics and other useful bioproducts"
[CBB researcher story] November 29, 2012 "Breaking Ground in Open Resource Metagenomics"
Synthetic and molecular biology
Genetic, metabolic and protein engineering
Biopharmaceuticals (to treat autoimmune diseases and prevent rejection of organ transplants)
Biomanufacturing, bioprocessing technologies (biological strain construction, bioreaction cultivation, biofuels, bioproduct recovery and purification)
[Waterloo Stories] May 3, 2013 "Can bacteria help create a cheaper fuel for our cars?"
[UW Eng-e-news] August 14, 2013 "Engineering Life-enhancing research"
Molecular function prediction, design (proteins, DNA)
Evolutionary bioinformatics and computational biology
[WCMR] June 18, 2018, receives Thermo Fisher Scientific Award
[Daily Bulletin] June 1, 2018, 11 CBB Members Named Outstanding Performance Award Winners
[Waterloo Stories] January 26, 2018 "Scientists find new kind of botox"
- Microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites (primarily municipal landfills)
- DNA, RNA, and protein (meta-omics) sequences
- Environment remediation
- Impacts of human activities on the environment
Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology [Canada Research Chair Profile]
[YouTube] October 23, 2015 "Piecing life together - microbial diversity and function through meta-omic analyses"
[Waterloo Stories] April 12, 2016 "New tree of life may hold clues to cleaning up pollution"
- Clinical trial design
- Contact lens performance
- Drug delivery
- Ocular biomaterials
- Proteins at interfaces
University Research Chair
Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:
- Innate immunity of amphibians
- Regulation of innate immune cell development (macrophages, neutrophils) from progenitor cell populations
- Host-pathogen-environment interactions
- Experimental biological physics
- Stochastic processes in physics and biology
- Pysiological constraints on bioproduct synthesis
Lab Equipment: Imagestream MkII with 488nm, 642nm and 785nm lasers; 60x magnification
[YouTube Lectures] Winter School on Quantitative Systems Biology 2015