(l to r) Dr. Andrew Cameron, Dr. Chris Yost, Danae Suchan, Dr. Britt Hall, Nicole Lerminiaux
Oil-eating bacteria may sound scary but in the future these microscopic heroes could play a significant role in reducing the
environmental damage caused by oil spills. As part of a research team in the Integrated Microbial Systems and Society
Laboratory in the Department of Biology, Dr. Andrew Cameron is studying how different microbial communities work together
to break down oil and other contaminants into something non-toxic. In the hopes of discovering the perfect oil-eating
microbial community Cameron, along with Dr. Chris Yost, Dr. Britt Hall and their students, are looking at microbes in their
natural communities to see if they can replicate the exact environmental factors that are needed to ensure the bacteria can
do their job. It's one of the many ways University of Regina researchers are expanding the boundaries of knowledge and
responding to the needs of the world.
This research is supported by NSERC Engage Grants, the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA), and the
University's Vice-President (Research) office.
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