Sponsor Profile: Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research


About the Waterloo Center for Microbial Research (WCMR)

The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research (WCMR) serves as a hub for all microbial research at the University of Waterloo. The WCMR mandate is to promote research and education in the application of microbiological principles and techniques to address environmental, industrial, economic and human health challenges.

Members, with their diverse research interests and varying academic backgrounds, through the WCMR, come together to engage in collaborative research. Microbes, as part of aquatic, terrestrial, engineered and host-associated environments, are explored through:

  • computational analysis of sequence data
  • identification of constituent species
  • annotation and identification of novel molecular activities
  • development of synthetic biology applications
  • engineering of microbial processes for industrial applications
  • participation in international sharing
  • standardization of data.

The Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research as a group, plans to unify, catalyze, and promote multidisciplinary research which explores and exploits microbes, at the University of Waterloo.

WCMR and the Phytobiomes Alliance

The Phytobiomes Alliance and the Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research have significant overlapping interests in the importance of microbes in the role of agriculture. This old, but rapidly expanding field presents huge new opportunities in study and collaboration and the Alliance provides opportunities for experts from around the world to collaborate and accelerate research in sustainable and productive agriculture.” – Trevor Charles, WCMR Director

WCMR representatives

Trevor Charles, WCMR Director


Waterloo Centre for Microbial Research