Recent Research Projects

Host-virus dynamics of a novel algal virus system

2016/17-2019/20 • $132,000 • PI
Algae are the engines of aquatic ecosystems that convert inorganic matter into organic and fuel aquatic food webs. Their growth influences the productivity of aquatic environments, and also environmental quality by either supporting or impeding beneficial human use; e.g., by sustaining...

Ion Chromatography for Environmental Analysis

2019/20 • $28,037 • PI,CO
This grant will support the purchase of one Ion Chromatograph that will be used for environmental analysis including air and water analysis of anions and cations. Ion chromatography is an analytical technique to separate ions and polar molecules based on their affinity to an ion exchanger. An...

Flow cytometry for high throughput microbial experimentation

2018/19 • $84,000 • PI,CO
Professors Rob Ness and Steven Short are requesting support for a flow cytometer for precision phenotyping of microbial cells and their associated viruses. Prof. Ness' research program combines field sampling, experimental evolution and genomics to understand the forces that drive evolution at...

Developing biofilm-based microalgal bioreactors for the efficient production of fuels, chemicals and clean water

2014/15-2017/18 • $472,000 • PI,CO
Using microalgae to convert carbon to biomass is one of the most promising technologies for developing renewable fuels. Algae produces more biomass than conventional crops such as corn and sugar beet, can be used to capture carbon and can be used in water treatment processes. Despite these...

Quantitative molecular ecology of phytoplankton viruses

2011/12-2015/16 • $150,000 • PI
As the major primary producers in aquatic environments, phytoplankton play a fundamental role in aquatic food webs and influence global chemical cycles. Besides nourishing the vast majority of aquatic life, phytoplankton remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by converting it into organic...

Environment chambers for multi-PI research facility at University of Toronto Mississauga

2015/16 • $141,974 • PI,CO
This grant will support the purchase of one walk-in 20<sup>o</sup>C microbial culture chamber and one reach-in 4<sup>o</sup>C protein biochemistry chamber, to equip a new multi-PI research facility at the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). Microbial culture chambers are not currently...

The molecular ecology of phytoplankton and their viruses

2010/11 • $18,000 • PI
As the major primary producers in aquatic environments, phytoplankton play a fundamental role in aquatic food webs and influence global chemical cycles. Besides nourishing the vast majority of aquatic life, phytoplankton remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere by converting it into organic...

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