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 4, 2019SynBio 4.0 at the University of Waterloo

    SynBio 4.0; Bringing together the future of biology

    May 26-28

    by Claire Murphy, Research collaborator    

  2. July 2, 2019WatSAM and World Microbiome Day

    For this year's World Microbiome day, WatSAM decided to engage the creative side of students on the University of Waterloo campus. A booth was set up with a option to decorate a cookie and design a pinback button with inspiration drawn from various types of petri dishes. The cookies drew in many curious (and hungry) students, and those who had a bit more time sat down and designed a button or grabbed a WatSAM laptop sticker. Students had a blast getting creative while learning and celebrating World Microbiome day.

  3. 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.

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  1. Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2020Hack the Plastics

    Hack the Plastics!

    Hack the Plastics (see the event webpage for most complete details) is an 11-hour weekend long hackathon from 28 February – 1 March, 2020 at the University of Waterloo with the aim of tackling problems related to plastic pollution and incorporating a microbial-based solution.

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