Our People - Microbes and Technology

519-888-4567 x35011
Location: 
E6 3018

Expertise:

  • Remediation technologies using chemical and photochemical techniques
  • Wastewater and air treatment using advanced oxidation processes
  • Infection and pathogen control, including rapid detection methods for bacterial contamination of water, automated UV disinfection systems, ultrasonic disinfection, and novel antimicrobial materials for use in clinical applications
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x36084
Location: 
E6 4012 E6 4113

Expertise:

  • Complex biologics (products derived from living organisms or the organisms themselves)
  • Baculovirus expression systems of complex biologics, including glycosylation and myritoylation post-translational modifications
  • Cell culture monitoring, modeling and simulation – from metabolomics to on-line spectroscopy
  • Monoclonal antibody production and modification, including enhancing monodispersity of the product
     
Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x33310
Location: 
E6 4004

Expertise:

  • Microbial production of recombinant proteins and therapeutic proteins including industrial enzymes and effective microbial host/vector systems
  • Microbial production of industrial useful metabolites including biohydrogen, biodiesel, and biobutanol
  • Bioprocess development including upstream technology for biological strain construction, midstream technology for bioreaction (e.g., cultivation), and downstream processing for bioproduct recovery and purification
  • Optimization of microbial production including: identification of expression limiting steps, protein secretion (i.e., periplasmic or extracellular expression), surface display, posttranslational issues, physiological manipulation of host strains, in-vivo protein misfolding (i.e., soluble expression), in-vitro protein refolding, fusion-protein technology, molecular manipulation of proteins, pathway knockouts, pathway constructions, etc.
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, 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 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 x35457
Location: 
MC 6116

Expertise:

  • Applications of systems and control theory to systems biology
  • Design and construction of gene regulatory networks from forward-engineering of biological systems (synthetic biology)
  • Modelling intracellular networks and heterogeneous cellular communities
     
Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Mathematics; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Understanding Microbes
519-888-4567 x31095
Location: 
E2 2309

Expertise:

  • Production of bio-energy (electricity, H2, and CH4) and bio-chemicals from biomass including microbial electrochemical cells
  • Wastewater treatment including nutrient recovery from organic waste and wastewater
  • Thermodynamic/kinetic analyses of microbial metabolisms in engineered and natural systems
  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactors including integration of anaerobic digestion with membrane separation
  • Anaerobic oxidation of methane, especially as part of the global carbon cycle
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
519-888-4567 x35991 x36728
Location: 
NH 2222 E6 4006

Expertise:

  • Enzymes in non-conventional media (e.g. “designer” sol-gels) for applications in organic synthesis
  • Control and monitoring of water treatment processes involving filtration or biofiltration.
  • Bioremediation of contaminated soils, wastewater and drinking water
  • Electrostatic-based separation for the production of protein- and starch-enriched fractions from agricultural flours
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, Microbes and the Environment
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
519-888-4006 or x84006
Location: 
E6 1008

Expertise:

  • Biochemical engineering, industrial biotechnology, environmental management
  • Development and application of biotechnology innovations for the design, operation, control, optimization and scale-up of bioreactor systems required in industrial biomanufacturing and environmental bioremediation
  • Bioprocessing fundamentals and principles including oxygen transfer, circulation rates, gas hold-up, solids suspension, and rheological impact
  • Bioremediation process pretreatment strategies with chemical oxidation and photocatalysis
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology
519-888-4567 x35254
Location: 
E6 4010

Expertise:

  • Membrane fouling and optimization of membrane filtration processes
  • Diffusion transport in materials (e.g. biomaterials and polymeric films). Diffusing components - material interactions are analyzed through an experimental and theoretical study of model systems
  • Enzyme reaction engineering - applications include foods, soil bioremediation, wastewater processes and biomaterial degradation phenomena
  • Integrated extraction/purification processes for the recovery of proteins from plant materials (e.g. antifreeze proteins and soy proteins)
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology
519-888-4567 x36324
Location: 
E2 3303

Expertise:

  • Anaerobic membrane bioreactors for wastewater and sludge treatment
  • Fate of emerging contaminants in wastewater systems
  • Pretreatment of sludges for enhanced digestion
  • Advanced sludge digestion processes
  • Nutrient recovery from wastewater
  • Modelling of wastewater treatment and sludge handling processes
     
Group(s): 
Operating Committee; Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology, 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 x33030
Location: 
E3 4105 E3 2108G

Expertise:

  • Lab-on-a-Chip (palm-sized glass or plastic plate with a network of microchannels etched onto its surface)
  • Microfluidics and nanofluidics to develop chip-based technology for biological, chemical and biomedical diagnosis and analysis
     
Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology
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
38625
Location: 
E6 4016

Expertise:

  • Bioresource engineering and biorefining
  • Microalgae, metabolic engineering
  • Ionic liquid based separations in biological systems
  • Catalysis of wet biomass to biodiesel
  • Isoprenoid production

Publications:

Valerie Ward's Publications

Group(s): 
Faculty→Engineering; Position→Faculty; Research Theme→Microbes and Technology