Faculty profiles

Niels Bols

Niels C. Bols

Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Adjunct Professor

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

Barbara J. Butler

Continuing Lecturer, Undergrad Advisor (Biochemistry)

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

Trevor C. Charles

Professor

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. 

Simon Chuong

Simon D.X. Chuong

Associate Professor, Undergrad Advisor (Biology)

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.

Paul M. Craig

Assistant Professor

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.

Kim M.D. Cuddington

Associate Professor

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.

Viviane Dayeh

Vivian R. Dayeh

Continuing Lecturer, Undergraduate Advisor, Biomedical Sciences and Medical Physiology

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

Professor

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.

Brian Dixon

Brian Dixon

Professor

Professor Brian Dixon carries out research in fish immunology and is a world expert on environmental effects on fish immune systems.

Andrew Doxey

Andrew C. Doxey

Assistant Professor

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 P. Duncker

Professor

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.

Christine Dupont.

Christine Dupont

Continuing Lecturer, Biology Teaching Fellow, and Undergrad Advisor (Biology)

Dr. Dupont's focus is on undergraduate teaching in the fields of molecular biology and microbiology

Undergraduate Advisor, Biology 

Contact information
Office: Biology 1 277
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 37804
Email: cdupont@uwaterloo.ca
 

Heidi Engelhardt.

Heidi Engelhardt

Lecturer

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.

D. Moira Glerum

Professor

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.

Bernie Glick.

Bernard R. Glick

Professor Emeritus

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 M. Greenberg

Professor

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.

Roland I. Hall

Professor

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 Heikkila

John J. Heikkila

Professor

John Heikkila carries out research in molecular and cell biology and is a world expert on amphibian heat shock protein gene expression and function.

Contact information
Office: B2 360A
Phone: 519-888-4567, ext. 33076
Email: heikkila@uwaterloo.ca
 

Todd Holyoak.

Todd Holyoak

Associate Professor, Undergrad Advisor (Biochemistry)

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

Laura Hug

Assistant professor, Environmental Microbiology

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.

Barbara Katzenback.

Barb Katzenback

Assistant Professor, Innate Immunity and 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​.

Dr. Laura Lemieux

Laura J. Lemieux

Continuing Lecturer, Undergrad Advisor (Biotech Technician Diploma)

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.

Zoya Leonenko

Professor

Jointly-appointed with Physics

Master of Science (MSc), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Novosibirsk State University Russia

Email: zleonenko@uwaterloo.ca

Telephone: (519) 888-4567 ext. 38273

Fax: (519) 746-8115

Susan J. Lolle.

Susan J. Lolle

Associate Professor

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.

Kesan Ma

Kesen Ma

Associate Professor, Undergraduate Advisor, Biology

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.

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