Our People - Environmental Biotechnology

W. Anderson
519-888-4567 x35011
E6 3018
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Heterogeneous catalysis and process engineering as applied to environmental and biochemical engineering problems.

Research Interests:

  • Pathogen detection, disinfection and sterilization using UV light

  • Photochemistry, photocatalytic applications to water and air treatment

  • Environmental engineering

  • Biotechnology, biofiltration

  • Metal nanoparticle synthesis and applications

  • Process modelling and simulation



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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Pathogen Detection; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Sensors, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Hassan Baaj
E2 2346A

Research Interests:

  • Characterization And Modelling Of The Behaviour Of Construction Materials
  • Smart Pavement Materials And Structures
  • Mechanistic Pavement Design Methods
  • Optimization Of The Use Of Recycled Materials In Sustainable Infrastructure System
  • Sustainable Development
  • Life Cycle Analysis

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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Polymer, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Nanotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Trevor Charles
519-888-4567 x35606
B1 377C

Research Interests:

  • Bacterial molecular genetics

  • Functional genomics, metagenomics, genome engineering

  • Metabolic functions

  • Synthetic biology, bioplastics and bioproducts



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[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"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Microbiome; Discipline Areas→Biology, Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Science
P. Huck
519-888-4508, 519-888-4567 x33595
E5 3027, E5 3027

Research Interests:

  • Robustness of water supply systems, with a focus on treatment
  • Facilitating application of newer treatment technologies (e.g. UV disinfection and membranes), including integration into existing facilities
  • Identification and removal of trace chemical contaminants (pharmaceuticals & endocrine disrupters)
  • Known and emerging pathogens, and their removal/inactivation by treatment processes
  • Biodegradation


NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment [NSERC Profile]

[Waterloo Stories] March 14, 2013 "Protecting our drinking water for 20 years"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Pathogen Detection; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Computational Modeling; Discipline Areas→Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology; Faculty→Engineering; NSERC Industrial Research Chairs
Laura Hug
519-888-4567 x31151
B1 281

Research Interests:

  • 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



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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"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Computational Modeling, Microbiome; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biology, Environmental Biotechnology; Faculty→Science; Canada Research Chairs
Subha Kalyaanamoorthy photo
519-888-4567 x35804
ESC 234

Research Interests:

  • Design/discovery of potential therapeutics to target various diseases
  • Understanding the structure and pharmacology of membrane proteins
  • Development of in silico methods/tools for sequence, structure and functional analysis
  • Inferring the structure-function evolution of proteins
  • Protein engineering for biotechnology and pharmaceutical applications

[American Chemical Society] January 23, 2012 "Exploring Inhibitor Release Pathways in Histone Deacetylases Using Random Acceleration Molecular Dynamics Simulations"

[Wiley Online Library] July 27, 2013 "Ligand release mechanisms and channels in histone deacetylases"

[Royal Society of Chemistry] December 19, 2013 "A steered molecular dynamics mediated hit discovery for histone deacetylases"

[Nature Methods] May 8, 2017 "ModelFinder: fast model selection for accurate phylogenetic estimates"

[Royal Society of Chemistry] October 24, 2017 "Reverse engineering: transaminase biocatalyst development using ancestral sequence reconstruction"

Application Areas→Cancer, Cardiovascular, Data Science, Industrial Biotechnology, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Stroke; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Drug Development, Machine Learning/AI, Polymer, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Biomedicine, Biophysics, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Pharmacology, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Science
Hyung-Sool Lee
519-888-4567 x31095
E2 2309

Research Interests:

  • Production of bio-energy (electricity, H2, and CH4) and bio-chemicals from biomass

  • Thermodynamic/kinetic analyses on microbial metabolisms in engineered and natural systems

  • Microbial ecology in engineered biological systems

  • Environmental biotechnology

  • Nutrients recovery from organic waste and wastewater



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[Waterloo Stories] March 18, 2014 "Giving people a simple way to test their drinking water"

[Waterloo Stories] May 10, 2013 "Can bacteria create green energy?"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Polymer; Discipline Areas→Biotechnology, Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology; Faculty→Engineering
Zoia Leonenko
519 888-4567 ext. 38273
PHY 354

Research Interests:

  • Biophysics of lipids and lipid-protein interactions

  • The role of structural changes and physical properties of lipid template in controlling biological processes and diseases

  • Biomedical nanotechnology (lipid films, molecular mechanism of Alzheimer's disease)

  • Drug development and delivery systems, antimicrobial peptides in lung disorders

  • Fluorescence and atomic force microscopy

  • Kelvin probe force microscopy and single molecule force spectroscopy



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[Global Impact] May 2018, studying Alzheimer's at a molecular level to find a cure

[YouTube Lecture] October 1, 2014 "Scanning probe microscopy in biomedical research"

Application Areas→Aging, Diabetes, Disease Modelling, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Infectious Diseases, Inflammatory Diseases, Mental Health, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Pathogen Detection, Personalized Medicine, Targeted Drug Delivery, Toxicology; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Disease Modelling, Drug Development, Imaging, Medical Devices, Sensors, Surface Coating, Therapeutics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomedicine, Bionanotechnology, Biophysics, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Pharmacology, Physics, Polymer Chemistry, Toxicology; Faculty→Science
Brendan McConkey
519-888-4567 x37020
B1 165A

Research Interests:

  • Protein structure, functions, evolution (yeast, mammalian cell lines, plant-bacterial)

  • Bioinformatics, systematics and protein evolution

  • Protein structure and interaction modeling
  • Protein expression pattern analysis
  • Molecular genetics



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Application Areas→Cancer, Data Science, Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomarkers, Computational Modeling, Microbiome; Discipline Areas→Bioinformatics, Biology, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Environmental Biotechnology; Faculty→Science
Christine Moresoli
519-888-4567 x35254,519-888-4567 x47641
E6 4010, E2 1776F

Research Interests:

  • Membrane filtration process (microfiltration; ultrafiltration; nanofiltration; reverse osmosis)

  • Food proteins, processes, sustainability (concentration; separation; fractionation, water and waste minimization)

  • Protein recovery and purification

  • Enzyme reaction engineering

  • Health food product development and processing

  • Thermal food processes (baking; drying; ultra-high temperature; pasteurization; sterilization)

  • Diffusion transport in biomaterials and polymeric films

Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Polymer, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Environmental Biotechnology, Physiology, Toxicology; Faculty→Engineering
519-888-4567 x30153
QNC 5606

Research Interests:

  • Flexible, wearable energy storage and sensing technologies
  • Graphene production and post-processing techniques
  • Directed assembly of 2D nanomaterials at the air-water interface
  • Bottom-up assembly approaches for energy storage, sensing and electrocatalysis
  • Supercapacitors
  • Next generation batteries
  • Electrochemical sensors
  • ​Thin films and membranes
  • Nano-materials



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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Wearable Devices; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Polymer, Sensors, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biosystem Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering
Photo: M. Tam
519-888-4567 x38339
QNC 5617

Research Interests:

  • Enhanced drug delivery systems, gene therapy

  • Associative polymers for environmentally friendly coatings

  • Sustainable nanomaterials (cellulose nanocrystals)

  • Atom Transfer Radical Polymerization (ATRP) and stimuli responsive polymeric systems

  • Polymer-surfactant interactions

  • Magnetic nanoparticles for novel separation processes

University Research Chair

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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Healthcare Systems, Targeted Drug Delivery; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Polymer, Sensors, Surface Coating, Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Bionanotechnology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering; University Research Chairs
Pejoohan Tavassoti
E2 3305

Research Interests:

  • Smart Pavements and Connected Transportation Infrastructure
  • Modern Pavement Instrumentation
  • Non-destructive Testing and Evaluation (NDT/E)
  • Advanced Construction Materials Characterization
  • Sustainable Materials and Green Construction Technologies
  • Recycled Materials Valorization in Pavements
  • Application of Nanotechnology
  • Enhanced Pavement Design and Performance Prediction
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence to Pavement Engineering Problems
  • 3D Printing of Cementitious Materials
  • Implications of Climate Change for Pavement Design and Assest Management
  • Multistakeholder Planning in Pavement Engineering and Management
Application Areas→Data Science, Environmental Biotechnology; Technology Areas→3D Printing/Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials, Machine Learning/AI, Polymer, Surface Coating; Discipline Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Polymer Chemistry; Faculty→Engineering
Valerie Ward
519-888-4567 x38625
E6 4016

Research interests:

  • Environmental biology, industrial biotechnology, and therapeutics
  • Production of sustainable chemicals
  • Novel bioprocesses for applications in bioresource engineering and biorefining
  • Microalgae, metabolic engineering, and ionic liquid based separations in biological systems

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Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Therapeutics; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Biology, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biotechnology, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Genetics, Industrial Biotechnology, Synthetic Biology; Faculty→Engineering
M. Moo-Young
B2 357C

Research Interests:

  • Biopharmaceuticals (therapeutics, treatment of autoimmune diseases, prevent rejection of organ transplants)

  • Industrial biomanufacturing and biotechnology (fermentation, food ingredients, enzymes, biofuels)

  • Environmental management (bioremediation of carcinogenic environmental pollutants, filtration, chromatography)

The Royal Society of Canada Fellow

[YouTube Lecture] September 29, 2014 "Biofuels and Waste Treatment"

[YouTube Lecture] September 19, 2013 "Industrial Biotechnology: Current developments and trends"

[UW Eng-e-news] August 14, 2013 "Engineering Life-enhancing research"

[Waterloo Stories] May 3, 2013 "Can bacteria help create a cheaper fuel for our cars?"

[CBB researcher story] December 6, 2012 "Bringing Bioengineering and Biotechnology to its Fullest Potential"

Application Areas→Environmental Biotechnology, Industrial Biotechnology; Technology Areas→Biomaterials, Computational Modeling, Drug Development, Polymer, Therapeutics, Vaccines; Discipline Areas→Biochemistry, Bioprocessing/Biochemical Engineering, Biosystem Engineering, Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Industrial Biotechnology, Physics, Polymer Chemistry, Synthetic Biology, Tissue Engineering; Faculty→Engineering; The Royal Society of Canada Fellows

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