Welcome to Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research

Explore and Exploit Microbes

The mandate of the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (WCMR) 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.

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

6Faculties represented
50+Faculty Members
8Research chairs
  1. June 30, 2021WCMR Launches ASTRAW Project for COVID-19 Screening

    The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (WCMR) is coordinating a campus project screening for COVID using saliva. Professors Trevor Charles and Jozef Nissimov from the Department of Biology, alongside Drs.

  2. July 6, 2020WCMR Contributes to a definition of the Microbiome

    The WCMR participated in a panel of international experts as part of our membership representing Canada in the international, EU funded project MicrobiomeSupport. The outcome of this workshop and subsequent online survey was to propose a widely accepted definition of 'microbiome', which was just published in the journal Microbiome.

  3. Apr. 13, 2020Explainer video about SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests

    The WCMR has released a video explaining the antibody serum test for the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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