Studying Microbiology in Canada
|University of Ottawa
Biology opens the door to many careers – agriculture, forestry, environmental sciences, resource management, medicine, paramedical services, education –and the Biology program at the University of Ottawa is designed to provide a solid background for them all.
The campus is well equipped for a wide range of biological research; some major equipment and facilities include transmission and scanning electron microscopes, spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation and other radioactivity counters, high performance liquid and gas chromatographs, amino acid analyzer, preparative and analytical ultracentrifuges, electrophysiology equipment, tissue culture, animal and plant growth facilities, controlled environment cabinets and on-line computer access. State-of-the-art facilities for research in genomics and bioinformatics are available at the new Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics (CAREG). Students also benefit from the resources of nearby government laboratories and libraries such as: Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, Environment Canada, Health Canada, the National Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information.
The Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology is one of the largest centers in Canada for graduate studies and research in Biology. The Institute was formed in 1982 by the amalgamation of the graduate programs of Carleton University and the University of Ottawa. The Institute has three major fields of research: cell and molecular biology; physiology and biochemistry; and ecology, systematics and behavior. The Institute also contributes to interdisciplinary specializations including biotechnology, environmental and chemical toxicology, neurosciences, and environment and economic interactions. Because of its location in Canada's capital, Institute scientists have the opportunity to collaborate with the many federal government research scientists in institutions including the National Research Council, Agriculture Canada, Health Canada, National Museums, Environment Canada, Atomic Energy of Canada and Canadian Wildlife Service. It is from these institutions that our adjunct professors are drawn.
List of Faculty
ARIS-BROSOU, Stephane - Comparison of molecular phylogenies; Estimation of molecular phylogenies and divergence dates; Markov models of codon substitution and detection of adaptive molecular evolution
ARNASON, John T. - Chemical ecology; Ethnopharmacology and medicinal plants;
BLAIS, Jules - Identifying the consequences of anthropogenic stressors on natural systems.
BLOUIN-DEMERS, Gabriel - The interface of ecology, behaviour, and physiology.
BONEN, Linda - Structure, expression and evolution of mitochondrial genes in plants - events that are essential for respiratory function.
BROWN, Adam - The factors that influence insect-flower interactions as they relate to berry production in two separate study systems, le wild cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) and the cultivated cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon).
CATLING, Paul M. - Systematics of clonal crops including hybridization and evolution.
CHAPLEAU, François - Systematics and Ecology of Fishes
CHAREST, Christiane - Mycorrhizal Plant Research and Plant Stress Physiology
CURRIE, David J. - Big Picture Ecology: The Patterns of Ecosystem Structure and Function
DROUIN, Guy - Studying the molecular evolution of RNA polymerase genes to infer the phylogeny of land plants; Studying how RNA polymerases I, II and III evolved from the single RNA polymerase gene found in prokaryotic species; Using the currently available complete prokaryotic and eukaryotic genome sequences to study the effect of gene conversions on the evolution of multigene families.
EKKER, M. - Function and Regulation of Vertebrate Dlx genes; Fate of Duplicate Genes in Evolution; Transgenic zebrafish as tools in screens for new mutations and in functional genomics.
FINDLAY, Scott - Developing predictive models of ecosystem response to anthropogenic stress
GAJEWSKI, Konrad – Analysis of climate change and its impacts on terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems
GASTON, Anthony J. - Population ecology of marine birds in the Eastern Arctic and Queen Charlotte Islands
GILLESPIE, Lynn - Molecular systematics of arctic flowering plants, including hybridization and introgression.
GILMOUR, K.M. - Integration of behaviour and physiology in rainbow trout; Ionoregulatory challenges and stress in rainbow trout; Gas exchange and acid-base balance in fish
HOUSEMAN, J. - Development and evaluation of teaching and learning tools that support the teaching of biology, and sciences, in Higher Education.
JOHNSON, Douglas A. - The identification of molecular markers in barely, wheat and other grains; The seed coat plays a major role in determining seed yield and quality.
KASSEN, Rees - The evolution of the niche and the fate of diversity with particular attention paid to the importance of environmental heterogeneity as a general explanation for diversity patterns; The origins of diversity and the genetics of adaptive radiation; The evolution of diversity through social interactions among species.
KENNEDY, Sean W. - Effects of environmental contaminants on wildlife.
KERR, Jeremy - Influence of human activities on spatial patterns of biodiversity and ecosystem function
LEAN, David R.S. - Influence of toxic organic chemicals and mercury on aquatic ecosystems. Impact of UV radiation and climate change on food chain processes.
LEWIS, John - How brains acquire and process information.
MARTIN, Cristofre - The Zebrafish; Epigenetic Control of Gene Regulation; Epigenetic Toxins; Transgenics
MOON, Thomas W. - Evolution of hormone signal transduction pathways; Metabolism and hormone action; Environmental toxicants as hormone disruptors
MORIN, Antoine – Ecology and control of black flies; Size spectra of stream assemblages; Impacts of human activities on running water ecosystems; Primary and secondary productivity of running waters; Heavy metal contamination of invertebrate communities of the St Lawrence River, near Cornwall; Empirical and predictive models in running water ecology; Role of meiofauna in the nitrogen cycle in marine mesocosms; Design and optimization of sampling programs.
OUELLET, Thérèse - Molecular pathology and gene expression
PAULIN-LEVASSEUR, Micheline - Nuclear lamina; Molecular definition of internal components of the karyoskeleton
PERRY, Steve F. - Comparative respiratory and cardiovascular physiology
PHILOGÈNE, Bernard J.R. - The development of efficient, environmentally acceptable methods for insect control requires an understanding of the insect's strategies for survival and the host's ability to survive.
PICK, Frances - Microbial food chains of lakes and rivers; Biogeochemistry of trace metals in wetlands
PICMAN, Jaroslav - Behavioral Ecology
RENAUD, Claude B. - Ecology, systematics and evolution of two economically important groups of fishes; the lampreys (Petromyzontidae) and codfishes (Gadinae).
ROLLAND-LAGAN, Anne-Gaëlle - trying to understand morphogenesis and morphology using a combination of experimental and computational approaches
RUNDLE, Howard - Interface of natural and sexual selection with quantitative genetics
TRUDEAU, Vance - How the vertebrate brain regulates anterior pituitary hormone release.
WEBER, Jean-Michel - Functional and structural design of energy supply systems for exercise and hypometabolism (fasting, hibernation).
WHITE, Paul - Environmental health sciences
XIA, Xuhua - Molecular ecology, evolution and bioinformatics
Financial Support Available
- Graduate students may be eligible for excellence scholarships which are equivalent to tuition fees. Excellence scholarships are awarded to recipients of major external awards (e.g., CIHR, FRQ, NSERC, OGS, SSHRC). They are awarded for each year that the external award is held.
- Full-time graduate students holding assistantships at the University of Ottawa may get their tuition fees and other University of Ottawa expenses completely or partially deducted from their salary, interest-free.
- Students may also be eligible for Ontario Graduate Scholarships in Science and Technology (OGSST).
Admissions and Enquiries
Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology
Department of Biology
150 Louis Pasteur, Room 329
Ottawa, Ontario K1N 6N5
Phone: 613-562-5800 x6335