Department of Biology
200 University Ave. W
Canada N2L 3G1
Phone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 32569
Fax: (519) 746-0614
Niels C. Bols
Niels Bols is best known for his remarkable generation and maintenance of cell lines for detailed experimental work.
He officially retired in 2013 and was designated as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus by the University of Waterloo in 2015.
Hugh Broders is an evolutionary ecologist whose primary research focus is on the demography, life history and migratory movement of bats.
Barbara J. Butler
Barbara Butler is interested in the way microorganisms function and interact with their surrounding habitat, whether the habitat is soil, water, the human body, or the food we eat. Her primary focus is teaching and she offers a broad range of courses in microbiology at the undergraduate level.
Trevor C. Charles
Trevor Charles carries out research in bacterial genetics and is an expert on analyzing genetic material recovered directly from environmental samples, also known as functional metagenomics.
Simon D.X. Chuong
Dr. Chuong carries out research in plant cell and molecular biology. His research program aims to investigate factors that are involved in the development of single-cell C4 photosynthesis in several species of land plants. By understanding how these fascinating single-cell systems work, he hopes to provide researchers with the tools to improve yields, carbon fixation and stress tolerance of everyday crops.
Paul M. Craig
Dr. Craig's research program is aimed at gaining a fundamental understanding of multiple, mixed stressors found within the environment and the impact its having upon aquatic species, specifically model (i.e., zebrafish) and native (i.e., rainbow darter) fish species.
Dr. Craig's research takes an integrative approach, crossing all levels of biological organization, from epigenetic regulation (the mechanisms controlling how the genome expresses itself) to whole animal responses, to making predictions regarding the impact of mixed stressors on species health and abundance.
Kim M.D. Cuddington
Professor Kim Cuddington carries out research in theoretical and population ecology. Her mathematical models have been used to predict how and when species become invasive as well as describe the role species play as ecosystem engineers.
Her research on the population dynamics of carp, a potentially devastating invasive fish poised to enter the Great Lakes, has grabbed international media attention. Her work also includes studies on the Emerald Ash Borer and the aquatic plant Spartina alterniflora, which alters tidal inundation in coastal regions where it grows.
Vivian R. Dayeh
Vivian Dayeh’s focus is on undergraduate teaching in physiology, human anatomy and zoology. She has received numerous awards for her teaching and professional performance, including the University of Waterloo Outstanding Performance Award twice in 2015 and 2006, the University of Waterloo Distinguished Teacher Award in 2011, and the Excellence in Science Teaching Award in 2010.
D. George Dixon
D. George Dixon specialises in aquatic toxicology and environmental risk assessment and management. Current projects include developing methods to assess environmental impacts of metals mining and oil sands extraction on aquatic organisms and their environment.
Professor Brian Dixon carries out research in fish immunology and is a world expert on the environmental effects on fish immune systems. His research has been used to provide insights into mammalian immune systems as well as understand the role of climate change on fish populations and improve fish health in aquaculture environments.
Andrew C. Doxey
Andrew Doxey is a bioinformatician with research interests in biological data mining, protein function prediction, and comparative and evolutionary genomics.
The Doxey Lab develops computational methods to predict novel molecular or systems-level functions from genomes and other “omics” datasets. Current efforts are focused largely on uncharacterized proteins from newly sequenced microbial genomes and metagenomes.
Bernard P. Duncker
Bernard Duncker carries out cancer-related research on yeast and is an expert on the initiation of eukaryotic DNA replication and cell cycle checkpoints.
His work on the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae and the proteins involved in controlling DNA replication has applications for developing biomarkers to detect the presence of environmental carcinogens, and cancer in humans.
Dr. Dupont's focus is on undergraduate teaching in the fields of molecular biology and microbiology
Teaching Fellow, Undergraduate Advisor (Biology)
Since becoming a Lecturer in 2011, Heidi Engelhardt’s focus has been on undergraduate teaching in the areas of physiology and cell biology. Her research background is in physiology, with emphasis on female reproduction. Her past research has investigated ovarian function, pregnancy and the dialogue between the developing fetus and its mother.
D. Moira Glerum
The research in the Glerum lab is geared to understanding the molecular bases for inherited diseases that affect the function of mitochondria, our cellular ‘power plants’. Through the use of the yeast model system, our studies have identified previously unknown proteins required to generate functional mitochondria and allowed us to improve our understanding of the roles of these proteins in human disease.
Bernard R. Glick
Bernard Glick carries out research in plant-microbial interactions. His findings include discovering how certain bacteria can help plants grow, even under stressful conditions, such as drought. He's shown that growth-promoting bacteria can be successfully applied to several food crops as a more sustainable alternative to using chemicals.
Bruce M. Greenberg
Bruce Greenberg is an expert in phytoremediation, an environmental cleanup approach where plants and microorganisms are used to selectively remove contaminants from water and soils.
Roland I. Hall
Professor Hall's research combines fields of aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and multivariate statistics to assess effects of multiple stressors on lakes, wetlands and reservoirs.
John J. Heikkila
John Heikkila carries out research in molecular and cell biology and is a world expert on amphibian heat shock protein gene expression and function.
Todd Holyoak carries out research in enzyme structure and function and is a world expert on the structure and mechanism of phosphoenopyruvate carboxykinases.
Office: STC 4038
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 31565
Laura Hug seeks to define microbial diversity and function at contaminated sites using culture-based and culture-independent methods, generating a blueprint of which species are there and which pathways are active.
Her research expands our understanding of the tree of life, while simultaneously developing solutions to address the impacts of human activities on the environment.
Professor Katzenback's research interests are in examining how environmental stress influences the immune system, and health, of amphibians with the goal of understanding how these interactions are contributing to the worldwide decline of amphibians.
Laura J. Lemieux
Laura Lemieux has experience teaching a broad range of laboratory and theory courses in genetics and biotechnology. Her most recent research project focused on automating production of stem cells to treat cancer patients.
Zoya Leonenko's research focuses on the study of biophysics of lipids and lipid-protein interactions.
Office: PHY 354
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38273
Lab: PHY 335
Website: Nanoscale Biophysics Group
Susan J. Lolle
Susan Lolle seeks to understand the fundamental genetic strategies plants use to aid their survival in changing environments. When running away isn’t an option, how do plants adapt to survive in a hostile environment?
By gaining insight into these plant-specific survival strategies her research can help improve crop adaptation to climate change and aid global food security efforts.
Kesen Ma carries out research in physiology and enzymology of hyperthermophiles, a group of microorganisms growing at temperatures of boiling water. Metabolic processes involved in the conversion of biomass to biofuels and bioproducts at elevated temperatures are studied.
Mungo Marsden investigates the molecular mechanisms that mediate changes in biological form, in particular the modulation of cell adhesion states. Regulation of cell adhesion is not only important during early cell development, but is also fundamental to a wide variety of health related issues, such as cancer and wound healing.
Brendan J. McConkey
Brendan McConkey's research focuses on proteomics analysis, that is, identifying and quantifying the proteins active within a biological system.
I am a physiological ecologist with an integrative research program, examining broader concepts by asking questions at multiple levels of organization. My research broadly falls in the areas of physiological ecology, movement ecology, thermal biology and ecological energetics. I take an organismal biology approach, focussing questions at the level of the study animal.
Barbara A. Moffatt
Barbara Moffatt is intrigued by how gene expression and enzyme activities are regulated to meet the metabolic needs of plant growth and development. Her research involves genetics, metabolite profiling, enzyme assays, morphological analyses, and reporter gene studies, as well as immunodetection of protein levels and protein-protein interaction assays.
Kirsten M. Müller
Kirsten Müller carries out research in Phycology and is a world expert on the Bangiales.
Office: B2 245A
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 32224
Josh D. Neufeld
As a microbial ecologist, Josh Neufeld studies microbial diversity in order to understand how microbial communities interact with each other within aquatic, terrestrial, and host-associated environments.
Dr. Nissimov is an environmental microbiologist and an aquatic virus ecologist.
Dr. Marcel Pinheiro's focus is zoology of the invertebrates, primarily benthic invertebrates and those that carry out a parasitic lifestyle. His undergraduate teaching focuses on exposing students to the diversity of eukaryotes, both single- and multi-celled, and striving to provide students with the chance to encounter these organisms in the field. Further, Dr.
Michael Power is a fish ecologist interested in northern salmonids and the impacts of invasive species on fish and foodwebs. His research involves use of stable isotopes, otolith microchemistry and telemetry in addition to standard fisheries methods and is conducted in conjunction with numerous international partners, particularly in Scandinavia.
Bruce H. Reed
Bruce Reed carries out research in developmental and cell biology and is an expert on the model genetic organism Drosophila.
Office: B1 293A
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 38085
Lab: B1 287, ext. 38413
Rebecca C. Rooney
Rebecca Rooney carries out research in wetland ecology and is a world expert on biomonitoring and wetland assessment.
David R. Rose
David Rose carries out research in structural glycobiology with particular interest in enzymes associated with human health and disease. Recent work focuses on enzymes that take part in processing major components of the human diet.
Please note Professor Rose is no longer accepting further graduate students.
John C. Semple
Bachelor of Science (BSc) Tufts, Master of Arts (MA), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Washington University St. Louis
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Mark R. Servos
Professor Mark R. Servos carries out research in the broad areas of Ecotoxicology and Integrated Water Resources Management.
Ralph E.H. Smith
Ralph E.H. Smith carries out research on water quality and food web function in lakes with special attention to primary producers (phytoplankton, attached algae), nutrients, and the environmental processes behind issues of current concern (lake anoxia, problem blooms, shoreline fouling, etc.).
J. David Spafford
David Spafford carries out research on voltage-gated cation channels including calcium and sodium channels and NALCN. The channels regulate key functions in our body, including signaling and rhythmic activities in the brain and heart.
Applications of his research include developing new classes of drugs for treating epilepsy, cardiovascular disease and cancer.
William D. Taylor
Bachelor of Science (BSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Toronto
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John E. Thompson
Jonathan D.S. Witt
Jonathan Witt carries out research in Molecular Ecology and Evolution and is a world expert on amphipod crustaceans.
Undergraduate Advisor (Environmental Science, Ecology)
Professor Yates is an aquatic ecologist whose research blends aquatic and landscape sciences to generate the knowledge and tools to help solve critical issues threatening the health and sustainability of freshwater ecosystems.
Abiola O. Olaitan
Abiola Olaitan seeks to understand the molecular mechanisms modulating the pathogenesis of Clostridioides difficile, including its defense against host-generated chemical stresses and the emergence of antibiotic resistance, to understand how these have shaped the bacterial physiology, pathogenesis, and disease severity.