In addition to hosting large research projects, the facilities of the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics are used by its members who are involved in research projects that span a variety of disciplines, such as:
- Molecular mechanism of aging, autism spectrum disorders and virulence of human fungal pathogens
- Microbial ecology
- Ecology, evolution and genomics of forest trees
- Genomic analysis of environmental stress-tolerance in plants
- Molecular mechanisms of siderophore-mediated iron uptake in bacteria
- Regulation of cytokinesis and cell shape change
- Social and ethical studies of genomics
- Plant adaptation to stress
Several members of the CSFG are also part of the national Cellulosic Biofuels Network and NSERC Bioconversion Network.
Project Leader Adrian Tsang, Concordia University
Our project will use the massive amounts of information available from genome research to identify, analyze and develop potential enzymes in fungi that we could use as catalysts to produce biofuels and other plant-based products.
Project Leaders: Drs Peter Facchini, University of Calgary & Vincent Martin, Concordia University
We will use genomic tools coupled with analysis of metabolic products to identify genes from over 75 plants that can catalyze the synthesis of potentially important chemical compounds.
The NSERC Bioconversion Network is a unique Canadian R&D network that is aimed at developing energy efficient, commercially viable and environmentally sustainable biomass conversion processes that generate ethanol and high-value co-products.
Project Leader: David Secko, Concordia University
The goal of this genomic research is to identify, analyze and develop potential enzymes in fungi that can be used to convert plant material into biofuels, biochemicals and other products for industrial use.