Home to all microbial research at the University of Waterloo
We will bring together shared computational and multi-omic infrastructure and methodology, with research themes and groups covering microbiology, genomics, computational biology, bioinformatics, earth sciences, environment and ecology, as well as engineering. Researchers, from all six faculties of the University of Waterloo, explore, discover and innovate through dedication, motivation and diligence to address environmental, industrial, economic and human health challenges.
Microbes and the Environment
Microbes can be found across many diverse environments all over the earth. For example, Pyrolobus fumarii lives at very high temperatures around deep-sea hydrothermal vents while at the other extreme, Methanogenium frigidum is found living in Antarctic lakes.
Microbes play important roles in their respective environments. They are major players in nutrient cycling, they will break down harmful chemicals found in their environments, and they are the cause of many diseases. Microbes in the environment have large roles to play in global warming, waste accumulation, human health, and agriculture.
Researchers in the WCMR study the interactions between microbes and their interactions with their environment to better understand the lithosphere, biosphere and atmosphere. Through the use of various methodologies and principles adopted from the all faculties at the University of Waterloo, researchers can use the knowledge gained from their results and apply them in the field of Environmental Engineering, Biogeochemistry, Hydrology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Psychology and Environmental Microbiology.
Keywords: Agriculture, Environmental Microbiology, Nutrient Cycling, Climate Change, Bioremediation, Biofiltration, Geomicrobiology, Biodiversity, Groundwater Contamination.