The BioProducts Institute network brings together world-leading, interdisciplinary researchers who are developing fundamental and applied understanding of cutting-edge technologies for the conversion of biomass into sustainable advanced biomaterials, chemicals and clean energy.

  1. Yasmine Abdin

    Assistant Professor

    Materials Engineering

    Yasmine's research focuses on the design, manufacturing, and rigorous analysis of polymer based composite materials. Through this rigorous data analysis and digital modelling, Yasmine is establishing a deeper understanding of the structure-property relationship of composite structures in digital simulation techniques relating manufacturing to long-term structure performance.

  2. Mohammad Arjmand

    Mohammad Arjmand

    Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Advanced Materials and Polymer Engineering

    School of Engineering, UBCO

    Dr. Arjmand is recognized as a leading and award-winning researcher in the field of nanotechnology and polymer engineering. He is an Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus (UBCO), a Canada Research Chair in “Advanced Materials and Polymer Engineering”, and the lead of the Plastic Recycling Research Cluster (PRRC) at UBCO.

  3. Susan A. Baldwin

    Susan A. Baldwin

    Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Susan's overall research goal is environmental sustainability of Canadian society through bioremediation where active (reactor-based) and passive (natural) processes are studied that involve microbes and biomonitoring, which concerns the use of biological organisms for monitoring potential deleterious impacts from industrial and other human activities.

  4. Joerg Bohlmann

    Joerg Bohlmann

    Professor

    Botany

    Joerg is a world leader in the fields of plant and forestry genomics and in plant natural products biology. He is distinguished for his research on the genomics of defence and resistance mechanisms of conifers against insect pests and insect-associated fungal pathogens, as well as on plant terpenoid biochemistry. New systems for high value bioproducts, as well as groundbreaking approaches for conifer improvement, are emerging from this work.

  5. Harry Brumer

    Harry Brumer

    Professor

    Chemisty

    The focus of Harry’s research is to understand the way in which particular enzymes act to alter the structure of polysaccharides found in biomass (especially plant cell walls and wood fibers), and to harness these enzymes for application. The discovery and characterisation of new enzymes involved in these processes provides a foundation for the development of enzyme technology for the improved use of renewable biomass resources in the forest products, agricultural, and textile industries.

  6. Gary Q. Bull

    Professor and Department Head Pro Tem

    Forest Resources Management

    Gary has spent most of his early career working as a management consultant, an economist for two large forest product companies and as an economist for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN.  Today he is a professor of forest economics and management at UBC and department head.  His focus is on timber suppy and carbon or bioenergy economics; international trade in forest products and the assessment of forest carbon financing.

  7. Emily Cranston

    Emily Cranston

    President’s Excellence Chair in Forest Bioproducts

    Chemical and Biological Engineering, Wood Science

    Emily and her team are designing high-performance materials to replace those that are based on non-renewable resources by learning from nature and using bio-based components. Their current focus is on the production, functionalization and characterization of cellulose nanocrystals aimed at tailoring interfacial properties for nano-enhanced and nano-enabled bioproducts.

  8. Joe Dahmen

    Assistant Professor

    School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

    Joe’s research tests emergent materials in two different registers. Quantitative methods measure their structural and environmental performance, while their qualitative spatial and cultural potentials are evaluated through public architectural installations. His research provides pathways for emergent materials derived from regionally specific biological and geological processes to enter architectural practice. These materials offer new expressive capabilities to architects while positively affecting local ecosystems.

  9. Chunping Dai

    Associate Professor

    Wood Science

    With extensive industry background, Chunping is interested in both fundamental and applied research in wood and bamboo-based composites. His current research areas include: - Modeling and innovative manufacturing of engineered wood products; - Round and engineered bamboo products for sustainable building applications; - Natural fiber composites for bio-packaging; - Improvement of veneer and strand-based composites; and - Bamboo processing and utilization technology.

  10. Derek Dee

    Assistant Professor

    Food Safety Engineering

    Dr. Dee’s research uses biophysical tools and protein engineering to study protein folding and aggregation, particularly amyloid fibrils (aka nanofibrils). Certain amyloid fibrils play a role in disease, while functional protein nanofibrils hold promise for a variety of applications, including as adhesives, cell-culture scaffolding, biosensors, encapsulants, and food ingredients. Current projects include the conversion of plant proteins into nanofibrils for use as meat-analogues, and the use of bioconjugation to create functionalized nanofibrils.

  11. Naoko Ellis

    Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Naoko’s expertise lies in the area of multiphase reaction engineering with emphasis on fluidized beds. Some current projects include: CO2 capture; biomass gasification and pyrolysis; chemical looping combustion; pyrolysis product utilization including bio-oil and biochar applications; and biofuels. In particular, she is involved in utilizing biomass through production of liquid fuel from biomass waste, developing biochar for capacitive deionization, tar reduction in biomass gasifiers.

  12. Lindsay Eltis

    Canada Research Chair in Microbial Catabolism and Biocatalysis

    Microbiology and Immunology

    Lindsay’s primary research interest is bacterial enzymes and pathways responsible for the degradation of aromatic compounds, including lignin, and steroids. His most significant contributions, including the first characterization of a bacterial lignin-degrading enzyme, have changed the way we think about how important classes of enzymes work and how certain pathogens survive in their hosts. Lindsay’s research has important implications for the development of novel biocatalysts for more sustainable processes as well as the development of novel therapeutics.

  13. Johan Foster

    NSERC Canfor Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Bioproducts

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Johan’s research currently focuses on structuration, functionalization and fundamental aspects of reinforcement and deformation in polymers and bio-products, and the application of that science to engineering of novel implantable materials and lightweight materials, 3D printing and various responsive “smart-polymers-and-materials” applications.

  14. John Frostad

    Assistant Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Dr. Frostad's research group investigates the physical models and mechanisms that govern complex food systems, agricultural sprays, oil spills and their remediation, complex fluid-fluid interfaces, as well as other multiphase fluid systems. Such investigations often require measurements that cannot be made with commercially available research tools, so his lab regularly designs and builds novel instrumentation for making these measurements.

  15. Derek P. Gates

    Professor

    Chemisty

    Research in Derek’s group bridges the traditional areas of inorganic chemistry and polymer science. The development of synthetic methodologies to prepare new macromolecules with interesting structures and properties is a challenging frontier in chemistry. Derek’s group has developed synthetic methods to prepare unprecedented polymers that incorporate phosphorus atoms into the backbone. These new macromolecules possess unique physical and chemical properties.

  16. Bhushan Gopaluni

    Professor and Associate Dean of Education and Professional Development

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Bhushan Gopaluni is a professor in the department of chemical and biological engineering and an Associate Dean for Education and Professional Development in the faculty of Applied Science at the University of British Columbia. He is also an associate faculty member in the Institute of Applied Mathematics, the Institute for Computing, Information and Cognitive Systems, Pulp and Paper Center and the Clean Energy Research Center. He was the Elizabeth and Leslie Gould Teaching Professor from 2014 to 2017.

  17. Dana Grecov

    Associate Professor

    Mechanical Engineering

    Dana’s core research areas are in Biofluid Mechanics, Liquid crystals, Multiphase flow, Fluid Mechanics, Computational fluid dynamics, and Rheology. A few accomplishments: Development of new robust and efficient computational methods to simulate 2D and 3D flows of liquid crystalline materials in complex geometries potentially for industrial and biomedical applications. Fundamental understanding of synovial fluid rheological behavior, and the effect of viscosupplements and glucosamine on it.

  18. Sheldon Green

    Professor

    Mechanical Engineering

    Sheldon is a specialist in industrial fluid mechanics, and more specifically the application of experimental and numerical techniques to study and resolve industrially relevant fluid mechanics problems.  His research has involved the experimental and CFD study of papermaking forming fabric flow and, more recently, dryer fabric performance, and the interaction of spray droplets and spray jets with moving surfaces, which is relevant to the application of friction control materials to railroad tracks.

  19. Junling Guo

    Visiting Professor

    BioProducts Institute

    Junling Guo received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at The University of Melbourne, Australia. He pioneered research on polyphenol-based engineering of particles and thin-film systems, including metal-phenolic network (MPN) and polyphenol-based modular assembly method.

  20. Steven Hallam

    Canada Research Chair in Environmental Genomics

    Microbiology and Immunology

    Steven harnesses the awesome power of environmental genomics to explore the microcosmos, describing microbial community structure and function across a wide range of natural and human engineered ecosystems. Each of his projects shares a core set of interdisciplinary tools sourced from ecology, molecular biology, genetics and computer science, and each views microbial community members as cellular constituents within the body of an ecosystem providing essential nutritional, energetic or detoxification services through distributed networks of metabolite exchange and feedback regulation.

  21. Savvas Hatzikiriakos

    Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Savvas has over 25 years of experience in the rheology of complex fluids including polymer melts and their blends, suspensions, gels and pastes. His group is using rheology as a probe to gain a better understanding of structural changes taking place in complex systems under flow. Primary focus is on polymer melts of controlled molecular architecture, nanocrystalline cellulose suspensions, gels and pastes.

  22. Zachary Hudson

    Associate Professor

    Chemisty

    The Hudson group is focused on developing new bio-based polymers for use in compostable plastics. Tens of billions of pieces of single-use plastics end up in rivers, oceans and landfills every year, most of which take thousands of years to naturally break down. Food and beverage packaging is the single largest source of single-use plastic waste, with only a small fraction of that ever being recycled.

  23. Reinhard Jetter

    Professor

    Botany

    Reinhard's research interests focus on the formation, composition, structure, properties and function of plant surface waxes. Lipids play a pivotal role in all interactions between plants and their biotic and abiotic environment. Integrative research in his lab spans secondary metabolites, wax accumulation and recovery after damage, biosynthetic pathway of enzymes, cloning of relevant genes and expression studies, characterization of infochemicals at the plant surface, and wax compounds forming the transpiration barrier.

  24. Feng Jiang

    Assistant Professor

    Wood Science

    Feng’s research interest lies in converting naturally abundant biomass into functional nanocellulose and assembled structures. His strategies include: (1) developing green and efficient isolation/modification pathways to reduce production cost and diversify surface chemistry, (2) assembling nanocellulose into hierarchical structures including fibres, films, hydrogel/aerogel, and nanocomposites, and (3) designing novel structures and functionalities for targeted applications in environmental remediation, biomedicine, structure and building, as well as energy storage and harvesting.

  25. Patrick N. Kirchen

    Assistant Professor

    Mechanical Engineering

    Patrick's current research activities include internal combustion engine studies focusing on novel combustion strategies utilizing natural gas (NG) and biofuels, in particular the development of instrumentation, diagnostic techniques, and phenomenological models. He is developing a membrane reactor research program, with a focus on the surface fuel conversion processes and the development of practical reactor configurations for fuel conversion.

  26. Frank Ko

    Canada Research Chair Professor (Tier 1) in Advanced Fibrous Materials

    Materials Engineering

    Building on a tradition of creative design and fabrication of fibre based surgical implants, the Advanced Fibrous Materials Laboratory is dedicated to the development of a nanofiber platform for tissue engineering scaffolds in orthopedic, vascular and neual prostheses.

  27. Rob Kozak

    Associate Dean Academic

    Wood Science

    Rob’s current research and teaching interests revolve around sustainable business management practices and issues and providing business-based solutions to complex problems related to sustainable development, forestry, wood products and the emerging conservation economy. Currently, his work focuses on the wellbeing of forest-dependent communities, international development and poverty alleviation strategies, forest certification, corporate social responsibility, and forest sector sustainability and competitiveness.

  28. Hongbin Li

    Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Hongbin’s research currently focuses on elastomeric protein-based biomaterials and single molecule protein mechanics. He and his research team are developing rational approaches to engineer protein-based biomaterials with tailored mechanical properties by using well-characterized single protein building blocks. His work is bridging the gap between single molecule mechanics and mechanics of macroscopic biomaterials.

  29. Mark MacLachlan

    Associate Dean of Research & Graduate Studies

    Chemisty

    Taking inspiration from nature, he assembles new materials with hierarchical structures on the nanoscale. Much of his research is aimed at developing new materials using biopolymers – cellulose and chitin – as a template. Using cellulose nanocrystals, for example, his team has constructed glasses and plastics that mimic the structure and iridescence of beetle shells. Furthermore, they have developed new cellulosic materials that can be used for pressure sensing and as hosts for nanomaterials.

  30. Shawn Mansfield

    Canada Research Chair in Wood and Fibre Quality (term completed)

    Wood Science

    Mansfield and his team use a combination of molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and plant cell wall characterization techniques to elucidate the role of various biosynthetic pathways in the development, growth, chemistry and ultrastructure of secondary xylem formation in trees or plants.

  31. Adriana Manso

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Manso received her D.D.S. degree at the University of Londrina, Brazil, Master of Science in Restorative Dentistry at the University of São Paulo, Brazil, and PhD in Dental Biomaterials at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. Additionally, she holds two specialty degrees, in Endodontics and Restorative Dentistry along with 28 years of private practice experience.   

  32. Mark Martinez

    Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    The focus of Mark's research is on fluid mechanics, flow visualization, multiphase flows and computational fluid dynamics with applications to industrial problems. He is currently working on the following research projects:

  33. Parisa Mehrkhodavandi

    Associate Professor

    Chemisty

    Parisa’s research focuses on catalysis and bridges inorganic and polymer chemistry. She has developed indium and zinc catalysts for the selective and controlled polymerization of lactones, some bio-sourced, to form biodegradable material. These catalytic systems have allowed the precise formation of block copolymers and star shaped polymers as well as immortal polymerization of various monomers in the presence of alcohols. These catalytic systems are air and moisture tolerant, limit the need for purification of monomers, and make reactivity with bio-based monomers possible.

  34. Carl Michal

    Associate Professor

    Carl's group studies biological, organic and inorganic materials, using solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) as the primary tool. The current projects include:

  35. William Mohn

    Professor

    Microbiology and Immunology

    Bill has made pioneering advances in understanding bacterial metabolism of terpenoid compounds, including plant defense compounds and steroids, as well as understanding complex microbiomes residing in soil, wastewater treatment systems and humans.  They are also studying the composition of complex microbial communities in soil and marine environments and are working to understand how the composition of communities relates to the important ecological services provided by those communities.

  36. Michael Murphy

    Department Head

    Microbiology and Immunology

    Michael's research interests lie in how bacteria respond to stresses such as iron limitation, antibiotics, and barriers to motility. The systems used by bacteria to overcome these stresses are required for growth during infection and are potential targets for therapy. He investigates the function of proteins involved in stress response through a combination of structure determination, genetic phenotypes, and biochemical assays.

  37. William Nikolakis

    Assistant Professor

    Forest Resources Management

    William Nikolakis, PhD, LLB, BBus practices law in British Columbia, and practiced in Australia. His focus is on the intersection between Aboriginal rights and natural resources law.

  38. James Olson

    Dean of Applied Science

    Mechanical Engineering

    An industry leading expert in the application of physics and fluid mechanics, James Olson’s research has led to revolutionary developments in the pulp and paper industry.  He currently leads a five-year university-industry collaborative research program whose  primary goal is to reduce energy consumption in allied industry through the development of several innovative technologies.

  39. Gregory Paradis

    Assistant Professor

    Forest Resources Management

    Gregory's research spans a wide range of forest management problems, with a focus on the application of operations research (OR) methods. His interests lie in the complex intersection of forest science, forest economics, forest and industrial engineering, data science, computer science, and operations research. He aims to solve complex decision problems relating to forest resources management using a mathematical optimization approach.

  40. Anubhav Pratap Singh

    Assistant Professor

    Food Safety Engineering

    Anubhav and his team have been developing various novel physical processes and novel technologies for obtaining sustainable improvements in food quality and nutrition. Novel thermal processing technologies like agitation and reciprocating agitation processing, extrusion and HTST/UHT processing; and non-thermal processing technologies like pulsed light, high-pressure processing, microwave-vacuum dehydration, ultrasonication, cold plasma etc. are some of the technologies that Anubhav and his team specializes on.

  41. Scott Renneckar

    Canada Research Chair in Advanced Renewable Materials

    Wood Science

    Scott’s research program focuses on creating advanced renewable materials through cutting-edge science that will catalyze a green economy.  These sustainable products sourced from nature are stronger, lighter, and more energy efficient than their petroleum analogs.  He uses materials such as high performance fibres, transparent films and coatings, and nanocomposites in applications for automobile, aerospace, building, and the emerging additive manufacturing industries.

  42. Dominik Roeser

    Associate Professor

    Forest Resources Management

    Research interests include: Forest Operations Wildfire Operations Biomass supply systems Feedstock quality improvements Technology transfer of harvesting technologies in different operational environments Small scale harvesting systems Small scale bioenergy solutions Awards Recognition Award – Canadian Forest Service 2017

  43. Orlando Rojas

    Orlando Rojas

    Scientific Director

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Prof. Rojas is the 2018 Recipient of the Anselme Payen Award and is an elected Fellow of the American Chemical Society and the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.  He leads the UBC BioProducts Institute. Nanomaterials, colloids and surfaces form the basis of Prof. Rojas’ cross-disciplinary approach to understanding the fundamental principles involved in the design, manufacture and performance of biobased systems.

  44. Jack Saddler

    NSERC Industrial Senior Chair, Task Leader, IEA Bioenergy Task 39

    Wood Science

    Jack’s research specializes on turning forest residues into liquid fuels and chemicals, in what is called the biorefining concept. He expects that new technologies will allow many chemicals and fuels that are currently products of oil refining to be produced more sustainably and, more economically, from biomass sources such as forestry residues or forestry energy crops such as fast rotation poplar.

  45. Lacey Samuels

    Professor

    Botany

    Research in Samuels' lab integrates plant biochemistry with plant cell biology to discover how cellulose and lignin are made during wood formation. The formation of wood in the annual growth rings of trees is the most vivid example of how plant cells use carbon captured during photosynthesis to produce biomass that is rich in cellulose and lignin. Our approach is to integrate advanced microscopy techniques with molecular biology and biochemistry to discover the cellular mechanisms of biomass production.

  46. Laurel L. Schafer

    Professor

    Chemisty

    Laurel’s research interests bridge the areas of organometallic and organic chemistry.  She has developed a new class of early transition metal complexes for use in selective carbon-nitrogen and carbon-carbon bond forming reactions of industrial relevance.  Applications in generated value-added products, such as pharmaceuticals and functional materials, from biomass derived starting materials is an emerging area of research focus.  These new catalytic systems build toward the minimization of waste and maximization of energy efficiency by using metals of low toxicity for sustainable approache

  47. Peyman Servati

    Peyman Servati

    Professor

    Electrical and Computer Engineering

    Four research areas occupy Peyman's research and collaboration: Low-cost flexible solar cells and storage devices—develop novel nanomaterials and nanocomposites for low-cost and scalable solar energy generation and electricity storage; Wearable health monitoring sensors and systems—novel nanofiber materials can be used to increase accuracy and decrease power consumption and improve comfort of future wearable sensors; Novel display technologies; and Growth and modelling of nanowires and nanostructures complete the quartet of his research focus.

  48. Sumi Siddiqua

    Associate Professor

    School of Engineering, UBCO

    Sumi's research focuses on the design and development of new technologies for mixing soil targeted to improve ground conditions. Optimizing the application of environmentally safe soil stabilizers will significantly enhance the strength and performance of problematic soft soils. Sumi also investigates thermal-hydraulic-mechanical behaviour of engineered barrier materials to improve their role in containment systems for highly toxic waste.

  49. Kevin J. Smith

    Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    The aim of our research is to better understand the relationships between heterogeneous catalyst properties, reaction kinetics and reaction mechanisms, so as to assist in the design and development of improved catalysts and catalytic processes. We focus on issues related to the Canadian energy scene. Current research activities include an investigation of hydrogen production by catalytic methane decomposition, synthesis gas conversion to alcohols and hydrocarbons, residue and bio-oil hydroconversion (upgrading) as well as hydrogen storage using heteroaromatic liquids.

  50. Shahab Sokhansanj

    Adjunct Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Shahab’s core research is in feedstock engineering focusing on harvesting, drying, fractionating, and densification of cellulosic biomass. The work has evolved in two fronts: (1) experimenting with innovative biomass preprocesses to acquire engineering data for design and optimum operation of individual unit operations; and (2) developing engineering models for simulation of unit operations for optimizing the entire supply chains. 

  51. Taraneh Sowlati

    Professor

    Wood Science

    Biomass utilization, its optimization and management in supply chains have been the focus of Taraneh's research the past seven years.

  52. Suzana K. Straus

    Professor

    Chemisty

    The aims of Suzana's research programme are twofold: Increase the applicability of solid state NMR by improving current methods and developing new solid state NMR techniques for the structure determination of membrane peptides and proteins, and Study biologically and pharmaceutically important proteins in their native environment (e.g. antimicrobial peptides and viral membrane proteins) or in aggregated states (fusion peptides) using solid state NMR and complementary biophysical techniques.

  53. Paul Stuart

    Paul Stuart

    Visiting Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    After a career in engineering design and strategic consulting, Paul joined the Chemical Engineering Department at Polytechnique in 2000 to become Chairholder of the first NSERC Chair in Design Engineering. In 2010 Paul co-founded, and is today Principal Consultant of EnVertis Consulting, a global boutique consultancy that assists companies with their business transformation in the bioeconomy.

  54. Michael Tam

    Michael Tam

    Visiting Professor

    BioProducts Institute

    Michael Tam moved from Singapore to Canada to join the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Waterloo in 2007 as a tenured full professor. Tam's research interest focuses on the microscopic and macroscopic properties of self-assembly systems such as surfactants, block copolymers, and associative polymers. The scope of his research includes polymer synthesis using atom transfer radical polymerization (ATRP), physical characterization using light scattering (static and dynamic), rheometry, and calorimetry (ITC and DSC).

  55. Heather Trajano

    Associate Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Heather's research focus is explore and harness fundamental knowledge of biomass fractionation and conversion for maximum economic and environmental benefit. Some specific research interests are i) Fundamentals of biomass deconstruction to separate carbohydrates from lignin, ii) Recovery and purification of extractives and iii) Heterogeneous catalysis for chemical production.  Dr. Trajano searches for biorefining opportunities that complement existing forestry operations by utilizing waste streams and by-products.

  56. Qingshi Tu

    Assistant Professor

    Wood Science

    Dr. Qingshi Tu’s research combines industrial ecology principles with computational modeling to promote the sustainable development of bioeconomy.

  57. Hamish van der Ven

    Assistant Professor

    Wood Science

    Hamish’s research focuses on sustainable supply chain governance, eco-labeling and sustainability certifications, and the impacts of online activism on business behaviour. As a political scientist by training, he is interested in the rise of private governance and the growing role of businesses and markets in addressing environmental challenges. Prior to joining UBC, Hamish held research positions at McGill University and Yale University.

  58. Siyun Wang

    Associate Professor

    Siyun's research goal is to contribute to novel food safety technologies that will help reduce national and global burden of foodborne illnesses. Recent advances in high-throughput OMICs and big data have led to considerable breakthroughs in microbial food safety research, and the impact of her work continues to be enhanced by the application of such technologies. Siyun uses comparative transcriptomics and genomics approaches to identify and characterize novel genetic factors associated with the persistence of foodborne pathogens in food supply systems.

  59. Stephen Withers

    Professor

    Chemisty

    Stephen focuses primarily upon enzymes that catalyse glycoside formation and hydrolysis, since these play crucial roles in all areas of biology. Applications of his research range from the development of new catalysts for industrial processes to the design, synthesis and testing of new therapeutics.  Particular emphasis is on investigating the detailed mechanisms of enzymes that carry out glycoside hydrolysis, and indeed contributed heavily to the understanding of cellulase catalysis.

  60. Vikramaditya Yadav

    Assistant Professor

    Chemical and Biological Engineering

    Vikram’s research harnesses metabolic and enzyme engineering to investigate, tailor and express biosynthetic enzymes that can convert biomass-derived feedstocks into better fuels and pharmaceuticals under benign conditions without using hazardous reagents and solvents.

  61. Hisham Zerriffi

    Associate Professor

    Forest Resources Management

    Overall research focus is on rural energy in developing countries, climate change, and the tradeoffs inherent in solving global environmental problems through local development projects. He practises an interdisciplinary approach that combines technical and social analysis to address important policy-relevant questions at the interface of technology, environment and development.

  62. Ryan Ziels

    Associate Professor

    Civil Engineering

    Beyond traditional wastewater treatment design approaches, Ryan’s goal is to integrate genomic information on the metabolic capacity and structure of microbial communities into treatment process modelling, design, and control. His research utilizes advanced molecular sequencing tools, such as metagenomics, to recover the genomes of non-cultivable microbes for the identification of new metabolic pathways. Ultimately, he seeks to integrate microbial community genomic data into new mechanistic models to predict pollutant transformation in a variety of natural and engineered systems.


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