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.
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 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.
In 2015, Prof. Charles was honoured with an Ontario Genomics Institute SPARK Award for an innovative project that uses waste methane to create renewable bioplastics.
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.
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.
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 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 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 environmental effects on fish immune systems.
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 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
Associate Chair Undergraduate Studies, 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.
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 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 Greenberg is an expert in phytoremediation, an environmental cleanup approach where plants and microorganisms are used to selectively remove contaminants from water and soils.
Professor Hall's research combines fields of aquatic ecology, paleolimnology and multivariate statistics to assess effects of multiple stressors on lakes, wetlands and reservoirs.
Todd Holyoak carries out research in enzyme structure and function and is a world expert on the structure and mechanism of phosphoenopyruvate carboxykinases.
Academic Advisor, Biochemistry
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 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.
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 McConkey's research focuses on proteomics analysis, that is, identifying and quantifying the proteins active within a biological system. He and his team develop experimental techniques as well as use computational and bioinformatics tools to study protein function and identify changes in protein expression in biological systems, such as yeast, algae, plants and mammalian cells.
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.
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. Balancing basic and applied research, his research group also studies the nitrogen cycle in natural and engineered systems.
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 carries out research in salmonid and northern fish ecology and is a world expert on Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) and oxygen isotope otolith microchemistry.
Rebecca Rooney carries out research in wetland ecology and is a world expert on biomonitoring and wetland assessment.
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.
Professor Mark R. Servos carries out research in the broad areas of Ecotoxicology and Integrated Water Resources Management.
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.).
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.
Jonathan Witt carries out research in Molecular Ecology and Evolution and is a world expert on amphipod crustaceans.
Undergraduate Advisor (Environmental Science, Ecology)
Office: B2 252A
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 35951
Hugh Broders is an evolutionary ecologist whose primary research focus is on the demography, life history and migratory movement of bats.
Professor Broders joined the University of Waterloo in January 2017 as Chair of the Department of Biology.