Program Director

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Daniel Figeys is a Professor and the Chair of the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology (BMI) and cross-appointed in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa.  He is also a Canada Research Chair in Proteomics and Systems Biology.  His expertise is in the development of proteomics and systems biology and more recently in metaproteomics for microbial community analysis.

Investigators

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Kristin Baetz is the Director of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology and a Professor in the Department of BMI at the University of Ottawa. She applies her functional and chemical genomics platforms to better understand the biological consequences of a wide variety of compounds including lipids, mycotoxins, inhibitors generated during cellulosic fermentation toxins, and various metabolites.

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François-Xavier Campbell-Valois is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences and cross-appointed in the Department of BMI at the University of Ottawa. He has developed the Host-Microbe Molecular Interaction lab and spearheaded the development of genetically encoded reporters to track pathogenic bacteria by imaging. He is interested in understanding the interplay established between pathogenic or commensal bacteria and their host using innovative imaging and biochemical techniques.

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Jacques Corbeil is a Canada Research Chair in Medical Genomics at the Université Laval. He examines the effects of antibiotics on our microbial flora and explores how to design small molecules and drugs to interfere with specific microbial functions. This research generates large amounts of data requiring new algorithms and bioinformatics approaches to sort out these complex host-pathogen systems.

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Robert Delatolla is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Engineering. His research expertise includes biological water and wastewater treatment, biofilm treatment technologies, wet stormwater pond mitigation, and nutrient removal. He has significant collaborations with local municipalities and industry.

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Kathlyn Kirkwood is an Associate Professor at the University of Ottawa in the Faculty of Engineering. She studies microbial biotransformation pathways for the conversion of waste materials and co-product streams for renewable energy and environmental applications.

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Mathieu Lavallée-Adam is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology and the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology at the University of Ottawa. He develops bioinformatics and machine learning algorithms integrating large-scale mass spectrometry-based proteomics, genomics, and interactomics data in order to derive novel biological knowledge about cellular mechanisms and disease processes.

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Thien-Fah Mah is an Associate Professor in the Department of BMI, University of Ottawa. She studies the molecular mechanisms of biofilm-specific antibiotic resistance in mono- and dual-species biofilms.

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Elitza Tocheva is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine at the University of Montreal. She studies bacterial ultrastructure using cryotomography and correlative light and electron microscopy.

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Alain Stintzi is Professor in the Department of BMI at the University of Ottawa, and Vice-Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Medicine. He is interested in the development and applications of metagenomics, metatranscriptomic, and metabolomics technologies to study microbiomes of human, animal, and environmental sources (such as those enabling treatment of wastewater).

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Manuela Santos is a Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Montréal. She is interested in understanding how competition for the uptake of dietary microelements affects the composition of the gut microbiota and disrupts quiescent and protective inflammation to promote carcinogenesis.