Welcome to Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research

Explore and Exploit Microbes

The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (WCMR) is an institution at the University of Waterloo whose mandate is to promote research and education in the application of microbiological principles and techniques to address environmental, industrial, economic and human health challenges.

Members, with their diverse research interests and varying academic backgrounds, through the WCMR, come together to engage in collaborative research in which microbes, as part of aquatic, terrestrial, engineered and host-associated environments, are explored through;

• computational analysis of sequence data
• identification of constituent species
• annotation and identification of novel molecular activities
• development of synthetic biology applications
• engineering of microbial processes for industrial applications
• participation in international sharing
• standardization of big data.

The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research as a group, plans to unify, catalyze, and promote multidisciplinary research which explores and exploits  microbes, at the University of Waterloo.

6Faculties represented
49Faculty Members
8Research chairs

  1. June 18, 2018Andrew Doxey receives Thermo Fisher Scientific Award

    This Tuesday afternoon at the CSM conference in Winnipeg, WCMR member Andrew Doxey will give his lecture after receiving the Thermo Fisher Scientific Award.

  2. Apr. 17, 2018WCMR Member, Philippe Van Cappellen discovers microbial factors that affect redox potential in nature
    WCMR Member, Dr. Philippe Van Cappellen of the Ecohydrology Research group, along his co-authors, recently discovered that microbial exudates, in particular flavins, released by bacteria play a hand in the changes in trends in the redox potential observed in natural waters.
  3. Feb. 22, 2018The WCMR joins the Phytobiomes Alliance

    The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research joined the the Phytobiomes Alliance today in an effort to support sustainable agriculture. The Phytobiomes Alliance is an industry-academic collaborative effort focused on accelerating the sustainable production of food. The WCMR is currently being represented by its director, Trevor Charles.

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