Welcome to Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research

Explore and Exploit Microbes

The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (WCMR) is at the University of Waterloo and 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
50+Faculty Members
8Research chairs

  1. Jan. 29, 2019Comammox in wastewater treatment

    A team of researchers in the WCMR (Graduate students Emilie Spasov and Jackson Tsuji, Waterloo alumna Laura Sauder, and Professors Laura Hug, Andrew Doxey, Wayne Parker, and Josh Neufeld) have published a preprint article on the activiti

  2. Dec. 4, 2018WCMR represents Canada in MicrobiomeSupport

    In November 2018 MicrobiomeSupport had their official kick-off meeting in Ottawa Canada.

  3. Sep. 28, 2018WCMR member Laura Hug characterizes microbes of municipal waste

    Landfills represent the world's fastest growing contaminated sites and are potential contamination origins of surface and drinking water systems. WCMR member Dr.

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