519-888-4878
Location: 
EIT 5004

Expertise:

  • Behaviour and transport of groundwater contamination, including metals, metalloids, pathogens, nutrients and emerging contaminants in groundwater
  • Remediation technologies including permeable reactive barriers
  • Monitoring techniques such as non-traditional stable isotopes
  • Geochemical processes at mining wastes, including acid rock drainage
  • Reactive transport modelling
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x35606
Location: 
B1 377C

Expertise:

  • Plant-microbe interactions
  • Symbiotic nitrogen fixation in agriculture
  • Functional metagenomics to look at the genomes of organisms present in complex samples such as soil
  • Bacterial genome engineering for the production of bioproducts such as polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB)
  • Synthetic biology, bioplastics and bioproducts

Publications:

Trevor Charles Publication List

Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4642 or x84642
Location: 
ESC 338A

Expertise:

  • Bioorganic and medicinal chemistry related to antimicrobial and anticancer agents
  • Synthesis of heterocyclic and carbocyclic compounds
  • Mechanistic organic chemistry and biochemistry
  • Natural products chemistry and biochemistry
  • Beta lactam antibiotics
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health
519-888-4567 x33889
Location: 
B1 166A

Expertise:

  • Bioinformatics, computational biology and molecular genetics
  • Predicting novel protein families and functions by combining sequence analysis with structural bioinformatics
  • Predicting evolutionary adaptations in genes and genome by combining sequence analysis, phylogenetics and structural modeling
  • Computational approaches to functionally annotate metagenomes and detect biologically relevant differences between them
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x33957
Location: 
B1 291B

Expertise:

  • DNA replication, cell cycle checkpoints, molecular genetics
  • Saccharomyces cerevisiae as a model organism for cancer-related studies of the cell cycle
  • Initiation of DNA replication including identifying and characterizing protein factors
  • Cancer diagnostic markers for cell proliferation
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x31352
Location: 
QNC 3623

Expertise:

  • Physiology, cell and developmental biology, molecular genetics
  • Neurological disease as a result of mitochondrial defects
  • Microfluidic chip-based assays for studying mitochondrial disease
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Microbes and Technology
519-888-4567 x32058
Location: 
B2 249C

Expertise in:

  • Plant-microbial interactions
  • Isolation, characterization and manipulation of microbial genes which encode products that are involved in the microbial stimulation of plant growth.
  • Use of bacteria as biocontrol agents to control fungal diseases.
  • Biochemical and physiological consequences of the genetic transformation of plant growth-promoting bacteria.
  • Microbial phytohormone biosynthesis.
  • Use of plant-microbial combinations to remediate contaminated soils.
  • Ethylene modulated gene expression.
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x35954
Location: 
ESC 233

Expertise:

  • Protein structure and function, enzymology, biophysics
  • Nitric oxide synthase including understanding the regulation and mechanism of this enzyme and its interactions with calmodulin
  • Class II aldolases in fungi and Mycobacterium tuberculosis as a drug target
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x31559
Location: 
ESC 249 STC 4038

Expertise:

  • Enzyme structure, mechanism, inhibition and allostery
  • Role of conformational plasticity in enzyme function
  • Phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase enzyme
  • IgA1 proteases and their role in pathogenesis of mucosal infection
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x35817
Location: 
ESC 246

Expertise:

  • Protein structure and function
  • Understanding of enzyme catalytic mechanisms including in methionine biochemistry and glyoxalase metalloenzymes
  • Bio-nanotechnology including nanosized proteins as drug carriers and molecular foundations for nanodevices
  • Bacteriophages to produce building blocks used in advanced biomaterials
  • Interactions between biomolecules and nanomaterials
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x31151
Location: 
B1 281

Expertise:

  • Microbial diversity and function, especially at contaminated sites (primarily municipal landfills)
  • Microbiome analysis (DNA, RNA and protein in metagenomics, metatranscriptomics and metaproteomics) from environmental samples
  • Bioremediation tool development from exploration of microbial community interactions

Publications:

Laura Hug's Publication list

Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x33562
Location: 
B1 379C

Expertise:

  • Hyperthermophilic microorganisms growing at 80°C and above
  • Microbial physiology and enzymology
  • Alcohol and H2 fermentation using novel enzymes that work at high temperatures
  • Biocatalysis using thermostable enzymes for the production of chiral compounds
  • High temperature biochemistry and protein engineering
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x37020
Location: 
B1 165A

Expertise:

  • Proteomics analysis, that is, identifying and quantifying the proteins active within a biological system
  • Computational and bioinformatics approaches for investigating protein function
  • Quantification of cell cycle proteins in yeast, recombinant protein production in mammalian cell lines, and identification of proteins mediating plant-bacterial interactions
  • Structural pattern recognition algorithms to predict protein functions such as carbohydrate binding and antifreeze activity
  • Evolution of protein function within homologous protein groups
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x32224
Location: 
B2 245A

Expertise:

  • World expert on Bangiales – types of red algae
  • Red algae of economic importance - they contain compounds (agar, carrageenan, etc.) that are used extensively as thickeners in products such as yogurt, ice cream and toothpaste
  • Red algae as food sources - genera such as Porphyra (aka. Nori, laverbread) and Palmaria (a.k.a. Dulse) are important food sources and are global billion-dollar aquaculture industries
  • Red algae as a critical group in the evolution of photosynthetic life on earth through secondary endosymbiosis of chloroplasts
  • Red algae as a nuisance - (e.g. Cladophora and Chara in Laurentian Great Lakes), invasive species (e.g. Bangia atropupurea in the Great Lakes)
  • Cyanobacteria that release toxins and taste and odour compounds in drinking water (Lake Ontario)
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x38344
Location: 
B1 275, B1 294, B1 289

Expertise:

  • Microbial diversity - developing and applying molecular and computational methods to explore complex microbial communities spanning aquatic, terrestrial, and host-associated habitats
  • Linking function and phylogeny - by exploring active microorganisms involved in transforming carbon and energy, to better understand who is doing what in the environment
  • Nitrogen cycle - using a combination of molecular and cultivation approaches to investigate the microbial community members associated with ammonia oxidation and denitrification

Publications:

Josh Neufeld's Publication List

Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x32058
Location: 
B2 249C

Expertise:

  • Environmental microbiology
  • Aquatic virus ecology
  • Algal-virus interactions and co-evolution
  • Giant virus diversity
  • Carbon flow in marine environments

Publications:

Jozef Nissimov's publication list.

Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x35100
Location: 
ESC 234 ESC 241

Expertise:

  • Protein-lipid interaction in biological membranes
  • Bacterial pore-forming toxins – structure and function
  • Lipopeptide antibiotics – structure and function
  • Fluorescence methods to study protein-protein and protein-membrane interactions
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x32820
Location: 
EIT 1003

Expertise:

  •  coupled biogeochemical cycling of major redox sensitive elements (C, N, Fe, Mn, S)
  • speciation and mobility of trace oxyanion forming inorganic nutrients and contaminants including P, N, Si, As, Se, Sb, Cr and U
  •  biogeochemical processes and interactions between microbes, minerals and organic matter at the micro and mesoscale in order to describe the fate of contaminants and nutrients in the environment at the field scale
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x38172
Location: 
QNC 4614

Expertise:

  • Material chemistry and nanotechnology
  • Preparation of mesoporous silica with a good control over the pore size in the range 2 – 9 nm and a narrow pore size distribution
  • ceramic membranes for both liquid and gas separation in place of energetic processes (distillation, cryogenic processes).
  • Sea water desalination for production of fresh water, hydrogen production for fuel cells, and CO2 recovery from fossil fuel power plants
  • Porous matrixes that can be used as molds for the generation of nanoparticles in a confined environment
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology
519-888-4567 x32230
Location: 
EIT 5001

Expertise:

  • Fate and transport of contaminants in groundwater, including metals, nutrients, pathogens, and organic chemicals
  • Passive methods for remediating contaminated groundwater
  • Reactions and transformations of contaminants in the subsurface (geochemistry)
  • Release and transport of metals at northern mine sites
  • Wastewater contaminant fate in shallow sand aquifers
  • Emerging contaminant fate in the environment
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x30509
Location: 
ESC 244 STC 4042

Expertise:

  • Enzymes that recognize and act upon carbohydrates, including especially glycosidases involved in the protein glycosylation pathway and the process of starch digestion
  • Starch breakdown in mammalian cells (e.g. treatment of Type II Diabetes)
  • Human gut commensal microbial species – starch digestion enzymes
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x32473
Location: 
ESC 305

Expertise:

  • Cycling of key elements in lakes, rivers, forests and agricultural watersheds
  • Impacts of climate change and agriculture on aquatic ecosystems
  • Development and use of novel tracers, such as stable isotopes and artificial sweeteners, for following impacts on surface water and groundwater
  • Indicators of climate change in high arctic and subarctic systems
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x21301
Location: 
PHR 4003

Expertise:

  • Mediphage – phage-based biotechnology
  • Applications of phage and phage-encoded genes and genetic systems with applications in the design of novel therapeutics and optimized production/purification platforms
  • Oncology and antiviral therapeutics design
  • Anti-bacterials, viral exclusion systems, cosmeceuticals
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Health, Microbes and Technology
519-888-4567 x38037
Location: 
QNC 4618

Expertise:

  • Nanoporous Membranes and Nanofluidic Devices
  • Carbon Nanotube Biosensors
  • Synthesis of 3D Hierarchical Materials
  • Nano-Bio Hybrids for Tissue Engineering and Medicine
  • Bio-molecule assisted nanomaterial self-assembly
  • Health and environmental effects of engineered nanomaterials
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology
519-888-4567 x31319
Location: 
EIT 1006A

Expertise:

  • Mineral-water-microbe interactions
  • Groundwater-surface water interactions
  • Modeling reactive transport and geomicrobial reaction systems
  • Biogeochemistry of soils, river-floodplain systems, wetlands, lakes, coastal environments and marine basins
  • Impacts of river damming, agriculture and urbanization on the environmental flows of water, carbon and nutrients
  • Coupled hydrological-biogeochemical modeling
  • Economic valuation of ecosystem service

Publications:

Philippe Van Cappellen's Publication List

Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x38340
Contact for: 
ESC 309

Expertise:

  • Wetland ecology and paleoecology (analysis of sediment stratigraphy, age dating, and biological indicators such as pollen, plant macrofossils, soil protozoa)
  • Wetland ecosystem dynamics of natural, restored, and created wetlands
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Science; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and the Environment