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 challenge.

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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Mar. 5, 2020Hack the Plastics 2020

    The WCMR event Hack the Plastics, had a successful weekend at the University of Waterloo on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Feb 28-Mar 1). Photo gallery.

    Students from many different disciplines and Universities and Colleges from around Ontario came out to spend the weekend coming up with ways to solve problems related to single-use plastics and incorporating microbes into their solution.

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