Welcoming microbiologists from across Canada

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Last week, the University of Waterloo hosted the 67th annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM) conference.

Organized by a committee co-chaired by members of the WCMR: Professor Josh Neufeld and Canada Research Chair Laura Hug from the Department of Biology, the CSM 2017 conference brought together 450 participants for a four-day gathering aimed at promoting new ideas and advances in microbiology.

CSM participants

“This was an ideal opportunity to unite microbiology researchers from across campus. CSM 2017 was well timed with the recent establishment of the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research, or WCMR, which will provide support for these researchers to conduct cutting-edge collaborative research on campus,” says Trevor Charles, a professor in Biology and member of the local organizing committee.

Waterloo researchers from the Faculties of Science and Engineering presented talks and posters covering areas such as microbial diversity in many different environments, microbial processes and products, virulence and pathogenicity, antibiotic resistance, microbial evolution as well as advances in techniques such as mathematical modeling, bioinformatics, genome sequencing, metagenomics, and proteomics.

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