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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

University of Waterloo

Department Biology

Overview The Department of Biology offers graduate training at both the Master's (M.Sc.) and Doctorate (Ph.D.) levels. The M.Sc. degree is available as both a regular and co-op program. Joint studies in biology and other departments, including those in other faculties, can also be arranged. Both the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees are thesis degrees, involving course work and a thesis based on original research.

The fields in which research is in progress in the Department include: Animal Physiology, Ecology and Environmental Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Plant Biology.

Research Facilities The Department of Biology has extensive research facilities to support microbiological research. Facilities include basic microbiology laboratories, well equipped fermentation laboratories, facilities and equipment for research in molecular biology, equipment for cell extraction and product purification, and extensive analytical instrumentation including liquid gas and chromatography, GC-MS and electron microscopy. Specialized facilities are available for research on bioremediation, environmental microbiology, toxicology, plant-microbe interactions, Archaea, and yeast molecular biology, and pilot scale equipment for bioprocess scale-up.

A leading edge facility for molecular microbiology and bioinformatics has been established. Four new laboratories have been constructed to support research on hyperthermophilic bacteria, yeast molecular genetics, plant-microbe interactions, and bioinformatics and systematics. Laboratory equipment includes a high temperature incubator, various cell culture equipment, laminar flow hoods, an autoclave and steamer, a phase-contrast microscope, UV/Vis spectrophotometers, H2 S gas chromatograph, a FPLC system, a PhastSystem (for protein analysis), 2D gel electrophoresis, gel documentation system, micromanipulator, a bead-beater, a sonicator, several thermocyclers, a hybridization oven, low-temperature freezers, an ultracentrifuge, an automated DNA sequencer and a plant growth chamber. Bioinformatics activities are facilitated by two Sun Blade 1000 UNIX computers, each with two 750Mhz processors, and one Sun Blade 1000 UNIX computer, with one 750Mhz processor.

Facilities also include:

Environmental Genomics and Biomarker Development Facility
Plant Growth Facility
Electron and Confocal Microscopy Equipment
Aquatic Ecology Facilities and Equipment
Wet-lab Facility

List of Faculty T.C.Charles BSc, PhD - Plant-Microbe Interactions

B.P. Duncker BSc, PhD - using the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae in cancer-related studies of the cell cycle.

B.R.Glick BSc, MSc, PhD - Isolation, characterization and manipulation of microbial genes which encode products that are involved in the microbial stimulation of plant growth.

S.J.Guildford BSc, MSc, PhD - lower trophic levels in lakes and oceans (bacteria, algae, and small grazers), factors controlling these organisms (nutrient chemistry, physical variables, grazing) and the role these organisms play in the overall productivity and health of the waterbody

K.Ma BS, MS, PhD - Physiology and enzymology of hyperthermophilic microorganisms.

K.M.Muller BSc, PhD – Evolution and systematics of the eukaryotic algae and Bioinformatics.

W.D.Taylor BSc, PhD - aquatic ecology, including the ecology of protozoa, the fate of aquatic bacteria, nutrient cycles, bioaccumulation of contaminants, and human effects on water quality.

O.P.Ward BSc, PhD - Decarboxylases in asymmetric synthesis; Omega-3/6 fatty acid production; Fermentation research; Biodegradation research

Financial Support Available The Department of Biology offers financial support in the form of Research Assistantships and Teaching Assistantships. The support is normally offered until the student's program time limit is reached. Internal and external scholarships are also available and students are assisted in applying for such funds as they become available. Departmental policy defines a mandatory minimum level of financial support for all students in good standing and within program time limits. The minimum is designed to meet the needs of single students who pay domestic tuition fees and have no exceptional expenses; it is reviewed periodically by the department.

Admissions and Enquiries Department of Biology
Jennifer Lehman
University of Waterloo
200 University Ave. W.
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4567 x6392
Fax: 519-746-0614
Email: gradbio@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca

Graduate Studies Office
Needles Hall, Room 2072
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1

Phone: 519-888-4567 x5411

Web: http://www.science.uwaterloo.ca/biology/biology.html

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Ottawa, ON K1G 4S3

Tel: (613) 421-7229

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