Research Centres, Institutes and Groups
Advanced Analysis Centre
The Advanced Analysis Centre is comprised of a group of high-end specialized research laboratories(NMR, x-ray diffraction and scattering, microscopy imaging, fermentation, mass spectrometry and genomics). The AAC provides an unequalled range of capabilities for research and advanced education at the interface of the physical and biological sciences.
Contact: Debbie Chan , Manager Ext. 56814
Advanced Foods and Materials Network (AFMNet)
Connects leading researchers across Canada in areas such as food science, law and ethics, biomaterials and health, and facilitates research on scientific, social and health aspects of food and materials.
Contact: Rickey Yada , Director Ext. 58915
Advanced Robotics & Intelligent Systems Lab
Conducts theoretical and practical research in diversified areas, including but not limited to, intelligent systems, robotics, control systems, sensors, and communications. Methodologies are featured with biologically inspired intelligence.
Contact: Simon X. Yang, School of Engineering, Ext 52437
Agri-Technology Commercialization Centre
Focuses on developing and commercializing innovative technologies and products that have an agricultural foundation, including bioproducts (bio-fibres, biooils, and other commercial/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
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, Ext. 52689
AquaSanitas - A Centre for Water Safety and Security
Facilitates multi-disciplinary research related to safe water and public health at the national level in Canada. Participates in the interpretation of these findings for policy implementation.
Contact: Ed McBean , Director, Ext 53923
Arboretum Gene Bank
Preserves the genetic diversity of some of Ontario's rare woody plants and Dutch Elm Disease-resistant elms, and produces seed for restoration work.
Contact: Alan Watson , Director, Ext 52356
Axelrod Institute of Ichthyology
Promotes the development of graduate teaching and research, supports international teaching and research, as well as editing and publishing activities relating to fish biology.
Contact: Jim Ballantyne , Director, Ext. 52708
Aimed at developing energy efficient, commerically 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, Ext. 53828
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario
Takes the lead role in an international consortium whose goal, over the next 20 years, is to develop a molecular bar code for every multi-cellular species on the planet.
Contact: Paul Hebert , Director 519-824-4120 Ext. 56250
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, Ext. 56664
Canadian Agricultural Trade Policy and Competetive Research Network
Works to improves the economic performance of the agri-food sector through research designed to enhance and better understand Canada’s trade performance and policy options. The national network provides a forum for researchers across Canada to contribute to informed debate on policy issues and increase the capacity to deliver agricultural policy research through projects involving graduate students.
Contact: Karl Meilke , Director, 519-824-4120 Ext. 52769
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, Ext. 54556
Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network
Generates, integrates and disseminates bias-free scientific research and knowledge that is focused on improving and sustaining children's language and literacy development in Canada.
Contact: Jennifer Starcok , Managing Director, 519-850-2901
Canadian Pollination Initiative
Addresses the growing problem of pollinator decline in agricultural and natural ecosystems in Canada. Leading experts in entomology, ecology, plant reproductive biology, genomics, prediction and economics have joined forces to explore the full scope of the pollination problem.
Contact: Peter Kevan , Director, Ext. 52479
Canadian Research Institute in Food Safety (CRIFS)
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, Ext. 52269
Evaluates new inventions for commercialization, develops business opportunities through research contracts, patenting and licensing and transfers results of University of Guelph research to industry.
Erin Skimson , Director, 519-824-4120, Ext.52873
Centre for Agricultural Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Agricultural focus with the objectives of strengthening the agricultural sector, improving sustainability and development, increasing alternative energy and energy conservation, and leveraging education, training and research.
Contact: Art Schaafsma , Ridgetown Campus Director, 519-674-1505
Centre for Food and Soft Materials Science
Researches the use and development of soft materials such as food, polymers, biological membranes and proteins of critical importance to all sectors of industry.
Contact: John Dutcher , Ext. 53950
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: Stephen Miller , Director, Ext. 56378
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: Stewart Hilts, Director, Ext. 52447
Centre for Nutrition Modelling
Focuses on animal nutrition and developing biomathematical models to better understand the scientific and management aspects of animal agriculture.
Contact: Steve Leeson , Chair, Department of Animal & Poultry Science, Ext. 53681
Centre for Psychological Services
Provides psychological services to the university and local community and promotes the profession of psychology to students, U of G and the community.
Contact: Brenda Kenyon , Director, Ext. 52578
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, Ext. 54045
Couple and Family Therapy Centre
Serves a wide range of clients with diverse problems and provides students with research and clinical experience.
Contact: Jean Turner , Director, Ext. 56256
Electrochemical Technology Centre
A team of researchers from chemistry and physics (University of Guelph) and chemical engineering (University of Waterloo) who conduct research in a variety of areas of pure and applied electrochemistry.
Contact: Paul Rowntree, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ext. 58127
Genomics Facility/Advanced Analysis Centre
Provides access to specialized equipment, including electron microscopes and mass spectrometers, to enhance research and product development.
Contact: Angela Holliss , Manager, Ext. 58357
Guelph Food Technology Centre (GFTC)
Canada’s only independent technology transfer centre specializing in food, uniting industry, government, labour and the University of Guelph.
Contact: President & CEO, 519-821-1246
Guelph Transgenic Plant Research Complex
Dedicated to conducting transgenic research involving various crop species.
Contact: Steve Bowley , Plant Agriculture, Ext. 52460
Guelph Turfgrass Institute (GTI)
Conducts research and extension, and provides information on turfgrass production and management, urban horticulture and environmental research to the Ontario turfgrass and landscape industries as well as the Ontario public..
Contact: Rob Witherspoon , Director, Ext. 56886
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, evolutionary biology.
Contact: Bob Frank, Director, Ext. 52714
Health and Performance Centre
Specializing in sports medicine and health promotion. Services available to the university and surrounding communities. Multidisciplinary staff includes sports medicine physicians, chiropractor, dietitians and fitness consultants.
Contact: Cyndy McLean , Director, Ext. 53319
Human Nutraceutical Research Unit
A clinical trial unit that evaluates natural health products, dietary supplements and value-added novel foods in controlled human studies for potential health claims.
Contact: Amanda Wright , Director, Ext. 54697
Institute for Robotics & Intelligent Systems
Develops intelligent systems that can perceive, reason and act in areas such as natural resources, health care, manufacturing and information technology.
Contact: Yang Xiang , Computing and Information Science, Ext. 52824
International Leadership Research Network
Undertakes and promotes innovative research on leadership issues relevant to the public, private and non-profit sectors. Focuses on government strategic leadership approaches to develop national leadership capacity in complex contexts. Organizes and contributes to educational and professional development programs in Leadership Studies. Shares expertise in the leadership area through community outreach and collaborative research with other leading institutions to provide a platform for informing policy and strategy decision-making.
Contact: Dr. Michael Cox , Director, Ext. 56799
Offers advanced analytical, diagnostic and interpretive services, for government, university and industrial clients to ensure the quality and safety of Ontario’s food supply from production to processing.
Contact: Lynne Fruhner , Manager, 519-767-6203
Landscape Architecture Community Outreach Centre
Offers design assistance directly to communities, organizations and individuals with the goal of stimulating creative and innovative approaches to solving design problems.
Contact: Sean Kelly , Director, Ext. 56870
Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems
A Canada-wide network of 174 researchers that provides mathematical models and software tools to help Canadian firms in key sectors of the economy become more productive.
Contact: Anna Lawniczak , Mathematics and Statistics, Ext. 53287
Metals in the Human Environment Research Network
Advances Canada-specific research on metals with a new focus on links to the exposure of humans to metals.
Contact: Len Ritter , MITHE-RN Co-ordinator and CNTC Executive Director, Ext. 52980
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: Dr. James H. Davis , Director, Ext. 53909
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: Tom Oliver , Ext. 55071
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 waste-water treatment.
Contact: Doug Joy , General Manager, Ext. 53048
Poultry Welfare Centre
A virtual centre for leading Canadian scientists in poultry behaviour and welfare. A joint initiative of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), the Poultry Industry Council and the Canadian Poultry Research Council.
Contact: Stephanie Torrey Ext. 53660
Research Programs (OMAFRA-U of G 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 (Strategic Partnerships), 519.826.3800
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 , Computing & Information Science, Ext. 52250
Sudbury Neutrino Observatory
A worldwide collaboration of more than 50 researchers devoted to the detection of neutrinos (elementary particles produced by the sun’s nuclear reactions).
Contact: Jimmy Law, Physics, Ext. 53021
Urban Systems Environment Design Centre
Advances environmental design engineering and research in an integrated manner, to help minimize the impact of urban settings.
Contact: Warren Stiver , Director, Ext. 54862
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
Provides clinical training of undergraduate DVM students and graduate students as well as essential services to veterinarians and animal owners in Ontario.
Contact: Elizabeth Stone, Dean and Interim Executive Director, Ext. 54100
Weather Innovation Centre
Specializes in building turnkey monitoring and modelling solutions for individual commodity groups and agencies. Aims to make weather-based modelling much easier to use at the farm level, and to bring the best information from the information supply chain into practice.
Contact: Ian Nichols, President