Research Centres, Institutes and Groups

Centres and Institutes

Advanced Analysis Centre
Comprises a group of high-end specialized research laboratories (NMR, x-ray diffraction and scattering, microscopy imaging, mass spectrometry and genomics). The centre provides an unequalled range of capabilities for research and advanced education at the interface of the physical and biological sciences.
Contact: Debbie Chan , Manager
519-824-4120 Ext. 56814

Advanced Robotics & Intelligent Systems Lab
Conducts theoretical and practical research in areas such as intelligent systems, robotics, control systems, sensors and communications. Methodologies are featured with biologically inspired intelligence.
Contact: Simon X. Yang, School of Engineering
519-824-4120 Ext 52437

Aquaculture Centre
Co-ordinates research, extension and educational activities to facilitate information and technology transfer to the private sector and contribute to the economic and environmental sustainability of aquaculture.
Contact: Rich Moccia, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52689

Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
Takes the lead role in an international consortium whose goal, over the next 20 years, is to develop a molecular barcode for every multi-cellular species on the planet.
Contact: Paul Hebert, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 56250

Campbell Centre for the Study of Animal Welfare
Promotes animal welfare through research and education.
Contact: Tina Widowski, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52408

Canadian Research Institute in Food Safety
Fosters links among researchers, the food industry, consumer groups and regulatory agencies to bolster the Canadian agri-food sector through public health protection, enhancement of trade and increased awareness of food safety.
Contact: Mansel Griffiths, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52269

Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Mandated to strengthen the agricultural sector, improve sustainability and development, increase alternative energy and energy conservation and leverage education, training and research.
Contact: Rob Nichol

Centre for Families, Work and Well-being
An interdisciplinary research centre responding to changes in the interface between work and family and contextual factors that affect workplace productivity and community supports.
Contact: Kerry Daly

Centre for the Genetic Improvement of Livestock
Conducts genetic and genomic research for numerous animal industries, including aquaculture, beef, dairy, equine, poultry, sheep and swine.
Contact: Flavio Schenkel, Director

Centre for Land and Water Stewardship
Encourages projects that examine the sustainability of land and water resources, and serves as an umbrella for several research and extension projects at the university.
Contact: Robert Corry, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 58034

Centre for Nutrition Modelling
Focuses on animal nutrition and health and on developing biomathematical models to better understand the scientific, environmental and management aspects of animal agriculture.
Contact: James France, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52209

Centre for Psychological Services
A clinical training facility in the Department of Psychology, which provides clinical training to graduate students, promotes the profession of psychology to students, the university and the community, and provides psychological services to the university and local community.
Contact: Melanie Parkin, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52826

Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses
Co-ordinates existing public health research and promotes new collaborative research activities designed to enhance problem-solving capacity and implement solutions in public health at the human-animal-environment interface.
Contact: Jan Sargeant, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 54045

Centre for Scottish Studies
Co-ordinates graduate studies and scholarly research in the history, literature and culture of Scotland and Scottish settlements in Canada, promoting public outreach and development of the University’s renowned Scottish archival collection.
Contact: Elizabeth Ewan, Acting Director

Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility
Represents Canada's contributions to multidisciplinary research and technology development in the application of plants for life support in space and related terrestrial applications.
Contact: Michael Dixon, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52555

Cooperator’s Centre for Business and Social Entrepreneurship (CBaSE)
Offers transformational learning experiences through applied business projects that enable faculty and students to collaborate with the local community.
Contact: Melanie Lang, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52239

Couple and Family Therapy Centre
Serves a wide range of clients with diverse problems and provides students with research and clinical experience.
Contact: Lynda Ashbourne, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 56256

Electro-chemical Technology Centre
Brings together one of the greatest concentrations of electrochemical researchers in Canada. Covers the whole range of technologies that involve chemical processes that are driven by the application of an electric current, or which produce an electrical potential as a result of a chemical reaction.
Contact: Professor Jacek Lipkowski, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 58543

Equine Guelph
Equine Guelph is a not for profit organization serving the horse and its industry through education, research, healthcare promotion and industry development. Founded in 2003, we are supported and overseen by equine industry groups and are dedicated to improving the health and well-being of horses.
Contact: Gayle Ecker, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 56678

Food Science Network
Provides research, public information and communication forums on food safety issues from farm to fork.
Contact: Bill Lachowski
519-824-4120 Ext. 52087

G360 Centre for Applied Groundwater Research
A field-focused groundwater research group with a global collaboration in 11 countries, where principal investigators oversee more than 150 academic experts supported by more than 25 multinational corporations and industrial sponsors, as well as all levels of government contributing more than $8 million/year.
Contact: Beth Parker / Lynda Moore
519-824-4120 Ext. 56486

Gosling Research Institute for Plant Preservation (GRIPP)
Focuses on developing international, interdisciplinary research and educational programs for the conservation of endangered plant species through conventional and biotechnology based strategies.
Contact: Praveen Saxena, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52495

Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI)
Conducts research and provides information and education on turfgrass production and management, urban horticulture and environmental research to the Ontario turfgrass and landscape industries as well as the Ontario Public. Professional consulting services are provided through the GTI Solutions Group and turfgrass, insect, disease and weed identification is provided by the GTI Diagnostics Lab.
Contact: Rob Witherspoon, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 56886

Guelph-Waterloo Centre for Graduate Work in Chemistry and Biochemistry (GWC2)
GWC2 is one of Canada's largest and most successful graduate schools, housed in the Chemistry departments at the Universities of Guelph and Waterloo, two of Canada's highest rated universities. A diverse team of world-class faculty from both departments provides research opportunities in a myriad of chemical and biochemical research areas.
Contact: Guy Guillemette, Director
519-888-4567 Ext. 35954

Guelph Waterloo Physics Institute (GWPI)
GWPI is a joint physics graduate program between the Department of Physics at the University of Guelph and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Waterloo. With more than 90 faculty and 200 graduate students, GWPI is among the largest and most unique graduate programs in physics and astronomy in the world. GWPI's tradition of collaboration and innovation enables GWPI to offer graduate students a rich and varied experience with opportunities to do experimental or theoretical research in eight major sub-areas of physics.
Contact: Paul Garrett, Associate Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52192

Honey Bee Research Centre
Uniquely qualified to investigate declining populations of honey bees and to provide solutions. Expertise also includes honey bee breeding and genetics.
Contact: Dr Ernesto Guzman, Head of the Centre
519-824-4120 Ext. 53609

Institute for Comparative Cancer Investigation
Provides comprehensive cancer care for companion animals and works to unlock the secrets of disease for the benefit of all species.
Contact: Dr. Paul Woods, co-director
519-824-4120 ext. 54092

The Institute for Community Engaged Scholarship (ICES) – Research Shop
ICES builds capacity for community-engaged scholarship by strengthening faculty and student engagement with local, national and international communities of interest, brokering knowledge relationships and supporting faculty development and rewards for engaged work. ICES supports the Research Shop, through which graduate students from many disciplines work to utilize academic skills on community projects.
Contact: Linda Hawkins, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 53109

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation
The next generation of Guelph's award-winning Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice (ICASP) project, an international research collaboration that uses musical improvisation as a model for building successful communities.
Contact: Professor Ajay Heble
519-824-4120 Ext. 53445

Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre
Promotes environmentally sustainable development of rural and unsewered areas through training, demonstration and applied research on nutrient and agri-food waste management and rural municipal wastewater treatment.
Contact: Doug Joy, General Manager
519-824-4120 Ext. 53048

The Physical Science and Engineering Education Research Centre (PSEER)
Promotes discipline-based education research in engineering, computing, mathematical and physical sciences, to improve the effectiveness of teaching and to contribute to a better understanding of learning processes in these disciplines.
Contact: Daniel Thomas, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 53961

The Robotics Institute @ Guelph
A research lab that is focused on developing robotics systems for non-traditional applications in various industries such as agriculture, health care and service.
Contact: Medhat Moussa, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 53425

Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET)
A multi-institutional, interdisciplinary high-performance computing consortium dedicated to research and development of computational techniques and HPC for advancing science, engineering and business.
Contact: Deborah Stacey, University of Guelph Site Leader
519-824-4120 Ext. 52250


Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre
The centre focuses on developing and commercializing innovative technologies and products that have an agricultural foundation including bioproducts (bio-fibres, bio-oils, and other commercial and industrial bioproducts), clean energy (biomass, biodiesel), agri-health (nutraceuticals, agri-foods), agri-waste management and other agriculturally based innovations that will help establish and sustain Ontario's leadership position in global markets.
Contact: Tiffany King, Executive Administrator
519-821-2960 Ext. 244

Bioconversion Network
Aimed at developing energy efficient, commercially viable and environmentally sustainable biomass conversion processes that generate ethanol and high-value co-products. Mandated to generate innovations that will accelerate Canada's transition from a petroleum-based to a bio-based economy.
Contact: Hung Lee, Co-Scientific Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 53828

Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre
Produces greener bioproducts as substitutes for non-renewable materials in many manufacturing sectors, consumer goods and services.
Contact: Amar Mohanty, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 56664

Canadian Arthritis Network Preclinical Laboratory
Addresses preclinical research and development as well as early clinical trials.
Contact: Mark Hurtig, Clinical Studies
519-824-4120 Ext. 54028

Canadian Co-operative Wildlife Health Centre
Maintains surveillance and diagnosis of diseases in wild animals as a collaborative activity of Canada's four veterinary colleges.
Contact: Doug Campbell, Pathologist
519-824-4120 Ext. 54556

Cardio Vascular Research Group
A collaborative venture between laboratories in the Ontario Veterinary College, College of Biological Sciences and Human Health & Nutritional Sciences. With broad interests that span the spectrum of cardiovascular medicine and science, they work to understand the mechanisms behind heart disease and to develop new therapies for the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Catalyst Centre
Oversees all aspects of the University's intellectual property management, including technology evaluation, protection, licensing and commercialization; industry liaison activities; new company creation; and transfer of University of Guelph research results to industry.
Contact:Erin Skimson, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 52873

Centre for Food and Soft Materials Science
Researchers develop and study soft materials such as food, polymers, biological membranes and proteins that are of critical importance to many industrial sectors.
Contact: John Dutcher, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 53950

Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC)
GFTC is a world leader in food industry solutions, helping companies along the entire food value chain compete globally by strengthening the very foundations of their business: their products, processes and people. GFTC annually assists more than 1,500 companies, providing confidential services in food safety and quality consulting, auditing, training, product development, packaging, food labelling and sustainability consulting.
Contact: Petra Schennach, President, Chief Operating Officer

Hagen Aqualab
Provides state-of-the-art facilities for a broad range of aquatic research programs with practical applications in areas of aquaculture, ecological conservation, toxicology, physiology and evolutionary biology.
Contact: Matt Cornish, Coordinator
519-824-4120 Ext. 52714

Health and Performance Centre
Specializing in sports medicine, rehabilitation and health promotion. Services available to the university and surrounding communities. Multidisciplinary staff includes sports medicine physicians, chiropractor, dietitians and physiotherapists.
Contact: 519-767-5011

Human Nutraceutical Research Unit
A research and educational unit that conducts human studies of foods and natural health products with external groups on a contract and collaborative basis.
Contact: Amanda Wright, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 54697

Laboratory Services
Offers advanced analytical, diagnostic and interpretive services for government, university and industrial clients to ensure animal health and the quality and safety of the food supply chain from production to processing in Ontario and across Canada.
Contact: Client Services

Agriculture and Food Laboratory (AFL)
Analytical testing services in a range of fields spanning plant pathology and pesticides residues, to microbilogical and allergen testing for the food, agriculture and environment sectors, as well as government and researchers. In addition, we are accredited by SCC and CALA to ISO/IEC 17025 for specific tests listed on our scopes of accreditation.
Contact: AFL Customer Service
1-877-863-4235 (1-877-UofG-AFL)

Animal Health Laboratory (AHL)
Specializes in determining the health of livestock, poultry, horses and pets through a wide array of tests, and in turn provides disease surveillance data for the province of Ontario.
Contact: AHL Client Services
519-824-4120 Ext. 54611

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre
Brings together extensive expertise in materials research spanning 19 different research groups that address a wide range of research into the structure-function relationships on different scales of foods, polymers and biopolymers and biological membranes.
Contact: Vladimir Ladizhansky, Director
519-824-4120 Ext. 53989

Ontario Veterinary College - Health Sciences Centre
Provides clinical training of undergraduate DVM students and graduate students as well as essential services to veterinarians and animals owners in Ontario.
Contact: Stephanie Nykamp, Acting Administration and Chief Operating Officer
519-824-4120 Ext. 54052

Organization and Management Solution
Specialists in the theory, research and practices of applied psychology use the latest knowledge to provide practical solutions in human resources management.
Contact: Vishi Gnanakumaran
519-824-4120 Ext. 55071

Plants with Novel Trait Confinement Facility (formerly the Guelph Transgenic Plants Complex)
Dedicated to conducting transgenic research involving various crop species.
Contact: Dave Wolyn, Plant Agriculture
519-824-4120 ext. 53092

Research Programs (U of G - OMAF and MRA enhanced partnership)
Furthers the long-term global competitiveness and sustainability of Ontario's agriculture and food system through excellence in research.
Contact: Rich Moccia, Associate Vice-President Research

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, Ontario, N1G 2W1