Thursday, March 4, 2021

Canadian Foundation for Innovation invests in solving the challenges the world faces today

Inside the WATERlab being built - a series of large tanks half filled with water

From the smallest of nanomaterials to the edges of our known galaxy, and every water droplet in between, researchers in the Faculty of Science are pushing the boundaries of knowledge.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Scientists 3D print dope new open-source cannabis-smoking 'Lung Simulator'

Dr. Andrew Doxey

Dr. Andrew Doxey along with MacMaster University Scientists and University of Waterloo PhD Student Jennifer Aguiar have 3D printed a live model that's capable of replicating the impact of smoking cannabis on the human lung. The team has been able to accurately map the body’s adverse responses to the recreational drug.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Leading the charge in treating cancer

Yvonne Stevens

By the time Yvonne Stevens (BSc ’94, MSc ’98) turned 14, she already knew that she wanted to be a scientist. Having grown up in a large family, headed by a single mother, Yvette Stevens, who was an electrical engineer, Yvonne already had the support and drive to make her career dreams a reality. Her ambitions would take her from her home country of Switzerland to Waterloo’s Faculty of Science to study Biochemistry.

Friday, February 12, 2021

Brian Dixon awarded grant to study Covid-19 immunity on University of Waterloo campus

Brian Dixon at desk

While many university classes across Canada are being held online, some programs require in-person learning and access to on- and off-campus research and learning facilities. This increases the risk of exposure for students, faculty and staff to SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing COVID-19.

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Biology Professors lead Fairy Lake ecology project targeting invasive species

Rebecca Rooney and Heidi Swanson

Two faculty members and leading experts in wetlands ecology will study ways to control invasive species and restore the health of Southampton’s beloved Fairy Lake under a new research project launched by the Nuclear Innovation Institute (NII) and the Town of Saugeen Shores.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Three biology graduate students in GSPA's GRADflix finals

Gradflix showcase logo

Since 2018, the Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Affairs (GSPA) hosts a "GRADflix" competition, challenging students from across campus to communicate their research to a general audience. With only 60 seconds at their disposal, competetors create videos, moving slideshows or animation, in order to tell us why their research is important!

Monday, January 18, 2021

PhD student uses DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria

Ellen Cameron

Cyanobacteria blooms are a major environmental issue worldwide. They can have direct impacts on the safety of drinking water supplies by producing a variety of toxins which also impose health risks for swimmers and boaters. Although many may associate cyanobacteria with bright green algae seen on the surface of lakes, Ellen Cameron, PhD Candidate in Waterloo’s Biology Department, is using DNA sequencing to study cyanobacteria communities in low-nutrient, clear lakes in Northern Ontario.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

New Biology Chair, Assistant Vice President of GSPA, and Associate Dean of Graduate Studies in Science Named

We are pleased to share some upcoming organizational changes with some leadership positions held by Science faculty members.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

2020 Waterloo iGEM team wins gold with a project to recover heavy metals from wastewater

iGEM team picture, showing 25 of the team members in a zoom call

The Waterloo iGEM (International Genetically Engineered Machine) team has been recognized with a number of awards this year at the annual competition. In addition to receiving Gold standing, their project also received the award for best Manufacturing Project at the undergraduate level, it was also nominated for the iGEM Inclusivity Award and the Best Wiki Award!

Thursday, November 26, 2020

Green Growth: Priceless environmental services of wetlands are key to a green, economic future

Wetland landscape, including trees growing from shallow water, and green plants along the edge of the wetland

A scrappy swamp dotted with reeds, mosses, insects and frogs might not look like anything of value, but to Professor Rebecca Rooney, these ecosystems are priceless.

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