Microbiological research is probably one of the most dynamic areas of scientific endeavor at present. Concern over the impact of society's activities on the environment is increasing and there is a strong need for research in environmental microbiology. Biotechnology, especially based on various gene manipulation techniques, shows tremendous promise in many areas of medicine, agriculture, industry and basic microbiological research.
The Department offers M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of study in various areas of modern microbiology. Because the department is relatively small, the research interests of the faculty and students are concentrated in several main areas. Currently, research programs are offered in: microbial ecology and geochemistry; molecular biology/genetics; metabolism of autotrophic bacteria; microbial biotechnology and biochemistry; microbial pathogenicity.
The aim of the Graduate Program in Microbiology is to ensure that students have the necessary skills to embark on independent research in an academic or industrial setting.
The Department has close ties with several other University Departments, Agriculture Canada, The Freshwater Institute of the Federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Canadian Science Centre for Animal and Human Health, and Industry.
List of Faculty
Dr. Mike BUTLER - Animal cell biotechnology. The development of strategies for improved productivity from genetically-engineered mammalian cells
Dr. Silvia CARDONA - Molecular mechanisms that allow environmental bacteria to evolve as opportunistic pathogens, primarily the genus Burkholderia.
Dr. Deborah COURT - Mechanisms controlling the synthesis of proteins involved in mitochondrial DNA replication and structure-function studies of mitochondrial proteins.
Dr. Teresa DEKIEVIT - Investigation of the pathogenicity of Burkolderia cepacia and its interaction with Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Dr. Pavel DIBROV - Molecular genetics of sodium-proton antiporters.
Dr. Georg HAUSNER - Mitochondrial genetics of Neurospora crassa and its application in attenuating virulence in Dutch Elm Disease. Molecular evolution of group-I and group-II mitochondrial introns within the lower eukaryotes.
Dr. Glen KLASSEN - Evolution of ribosomal gene family organization in aquatic fungi. DNA fingerprinting of fungal strains
Dr. Peter LOEWEN - Genetics and biochemistry of oxidative stress responses in bacteria focusing on the catalase structure and function
Dr. Kathleen LONDRY - Microbial ecology and environmental microbiology. Microbial diversity related to extreme environments and astrobiology. Anaerobic biodegradation of toxic pollutants.
Dr. Brian MARK - Three-dimensional structure and molecular function of enzymes involved in bacterial cell wall biology.
Dr. Ivan ORESNIK - Molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions focussing on the rhizobia/legume symbiosis.Genetic responses of bacteria to low nutrient stress. Genetic and biochemical characterization of periplasmic redox proteins in Rhizobium.
Dr. Richard SPARLING - C1 transfer and electron flow for biosynthesis in methane producing archaebacteria. Mercury methylation by anaerobic bacteria.
Dr. Elizabeth WOROBEC - Molecular role of porins in the antibiotic resistance of Serratia marcescens. Molecular and biochemical analyses of glucose transport in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.
Dr. Vladimir YURKOV - The study of biological biodiversity of unique aerobic phototrophic bacteria. Microbial bioremediation of toxic heavy metals. Microbial populations in extreme environments of the deep ocean hydrothermal vents, so-called "black smokers".
Financial Support Available
There are several ways to finance graduate studies at The University of Manitoba:
- External granting agency fellowships - NSERC, SSHRC, CIHR and MHRC have a value in excess of $16,000/yr. Applicants must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents to be eligible for these awards.
- Dean of Graduate Studies Student Achievement Award.
- University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships (UMGF)
- Faculty/Departmental Bursary/Scholarship/Award
- Research and Teaching Assistantship opportunities
- Canadian federal, provincial and territorial government loans/bursaries
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