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. May 21, 2019WCMR joins Microbiome Support

    Come visit the WCMR booth and learn about Microbiome Support at this year's Canadian Society for Microbiology meeting in Sherbrooke Quebec.

  2. May 2, 2019Annotating the Tree of Life

    Faculty of Science and WCMR members Andrew Doxey and Laura Hug, with University of Waterloo students Kerrin Mendler, Han Chen, and Briallen Lobb have released AnnoTree, a tool that allows the visualization and exploration of a functionally annotated microbial tree of life.

  3. 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

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