Centre for Bioengineering and Biotechnology
University of Waterloo, East Campus 4, Room 2001
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo , Ontario, N2L 3G1 Canada
519-888-4567 Ext 32732
Pathogen detection, disinfection and sterilization using UV light
Photochemistry, photocatalytic applications to water and air treatment
Metal nanoparticle synthesis and applications
Process modelling and simulation
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"
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment [NSERC Profile]
[Waterloo Stories] March 14, 2013 "Protecting our drinking water for 20 years"
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"
[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"
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
Nutrients recovery from organic waste and wastewater
[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?"
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
[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"
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
Office of Research - Technology Transfer & Commercialization:
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
Magnetic nanoparticles for novel separation processes
University Research Chair
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"
The University of Waterloo acknowledges that much of our work takes place on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. Our main campus is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land granted to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River. Our active work toward reconciliation takes place across our campuses through research, learning, teaching, and community building, and is co-ordinated within the Office of Indigenous Relations.