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STUDENTS  ::  Studying Microbiology in Canada

Studying Microbiology in Canada

Ryerson University

Department Department of Chemistry and Biology


Ryerson offers Bachelor of Science degrees in Biology as well as Biomedical Science. The Biology program dives into the study of living organisms, with the intent of unlocking the mysteries of our planet. Students have opportunities to focus on microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, botany and evolution and are able to customize their degree with our unique and plentiful options. There are also optional specializations in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biophysics or Environmental Biology.

The Biomedical Science BSc program allows student to investigate pressing medical conundrums such as how microorganisms attack the body, the nature of cancerous cells, and the correlation between gene expression and its effects on aging. Like the Biology Program, students in the Biomedical Science program have the opportunity to taylor their programs to meet their specific interests. Courses include medical microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, experimental design, cancer biology, stem biology, and systems biology. Undergraduates in both programs can enhance their studies through work placement opportunities, summer internships, and practical research projects. These external experiences are made more enviable by our location in the heart of downtown Toronto.

At the graduate level, Ryerson offers a MSc and a PhD program in Molecular Science with many opportunities to study microbiology. Among the 8 research foci within the department are Pathogens and Infection, Cells, Genes and Molecules, Biomedicine and Biomolecular Interactions and Surfaces and Interfaces, all of which offer exciting opportunities to study and research microbiology.

Research Facilities

Ryerson has an array of well-equipped research laboratories dedicated to direct support of biology and molecular science research. The Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science and Technology (iBEST), created in partnership between Ryerson and St. Michael’s Hospital occupies newly built space on the 7th floor of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science. January 2017 will see the opening of new biomedical research labs in the nearby MaRS Tower 2. This state of the art space will provide shared facilities for advanced imaging, cell culture, bacterial culture, analytical chemistry and will house approximately 150 graduate students, technicians and researchers. Also included at our original Kerr Hall research facility, there are a number of outstanding microscopy facilities including two-photon confocal laser scanning microscope (CLSM), a Raman confocal microscope (RCM), an atomic force microscope (AFM) and an inverted laser-confocal microscope. WE also have live-cell imaging for the acquisition of high resolution images of living cells in an environment. Deconvolution software generates non-blurry, high-resolution images; image acquisition and analysis software drive a powerful suite of functions for automation, multi-point tracking, particle tracking, and image rendering. Our newest facility (January 2016) features a microscope system that couples spinning disc confocal and total internal reflection fluorescence (TIRF) technologies (SD-TIRF). The SD module enablins live cell imaging at a resolution high enough to resolve miniscule structures like organelles and molecular super-assemblies. The TIRF module permits observation of events within 200 nm of the cell surface without confounding signals originating from deeper in the cell. Coupling the two technologies allows the correlation of surface-proximal events with whole-cell events. The availability of these leading edge technologies offers exciting new opportunities for research in microbiology.

List of Faculty

Michael Arts: the global impacts of stressors such as climate change, exotic invaders, UV radiation, pesticides, and effluents

Costin Antonescu the regulation of growth factor receptor signalling and membrane traffic

Catherine Beauchemin: computer and/or mathematical simulators of virology/immunology systems

Vadim Bostan: Environmental biology, aquatic ecotoxicology and geochemistry, assessment of antibiotic pollution on food webs

Roberto Botelho: nitracellular signaling and membrane trafficking in the context of organelle biogenesis and function

Lesley Campbell : how evolutionary processes (hybridization, selection) and properties (mating systems, genetic diversity) affect the ecological function of plant populations

Imogen R. Coe: Structure, function, regulation of transporters and other membrane proteins.Structure, function, regulation of transporters and other membrane proteins.

Mario Estable: Biochemistry, molecular retrovirology, examination of the effects of environmental conditions on gene mutations and their role in human disease, gene transcription factors and DNA sequencing

Jeffrey Fillingham: chromatin assembly, post-translation modifications, such as histone acetylation. histone chaperones

Debora Foster: gastrointestinal pathogens, host-pathogen interactions, the molecular basis of pathogenesis, the impact of environmental stress on pathogen virulence, development of antimicrobial treatment and prevention therapies.

Kimberley Gilbride: composition and diversity of microbial populations in complex environmental samples; microbial pathogens in both surface water and biologically treated wastewater.

Martina Hausner: Microbial Ecology, Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, Biofilms. Characterization of the structure, composition and function of biofilms and other bioaggregates. Fate of catabolic plasmids in biofilms, bioaugmentation.

Michael C. Kolios: Ultrasound imaging and therapeutics, ultrasound imaging, heat transfer in tissue, thermal therapies

Janet Koprivnikar: ecology and evolution of infectious diseases, animal parasites, their hosts, and the environment, aquatic ecosystems

Andrew Laursen: Ecosystem Ecology, Biogeochemisty, Limnology.

John Marshall: protein biochemistry, innate and humoral immunity and cellular defense.

Lynda McCarthy: Environmental biology and environmental biotechnology, aquatic ecotoxicology, assessment of pollution and remediation, particularly endocrine disruptors in Great Lakes aquatic systems

Joseph McPhee: Crohn’s disease-associated E. coli, inflammatory conditions associated with the disease, molecular determinants of bacterial fitness under pro-inflammatory conditions.

Stephanie Melles: spatial ecology, cross-scale drivers of species diversity on land and in water

Warren Wakarchuk: glycobiology , glycosytransferase enzyme donor/acceptor specificity, protein glycosylation in soil bacteria that degrade cellulose and other polysaccharides.

Gideon Wolfaardt: role of biofilms in the environmental survival and proliferation of microorganisms leading to improved metabolic activity and persistence in the presence of microbes

As well as 13 faculty who undertake Chemistry-related research. For a full listing of faculty in the department, please visit the departmental faculty page: http://www.ryerson.ca/cab/FacultyStaff.html

Web:  http://www.ryerson.ca/cab/FacultyStaff.html

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