Paper – Biomonitoring 2.0: a new paradigm in ecosystem assessment made possible by next-generation DNA sequencing

Recent publication on the Biomonitoring 2.0 paradigm published by Mehrdad Hajibabaei and Donald Baird in Molecular Ecology’s special issue on Environmental DNA. ABSTRACT: Biological monitoring has failed to develop from simple binary assessment outcomes of the impacted/unimpacted type,… Read More

Biomonitoring 2.0 at the International Conference on Environmental OMICS

Mehrdad Hajibabaei will be speaking about the Biomonitoring 2.0 Project at this years International Conference on Environmental OMICS. This conference will be taking place between November 8-12 in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, China. More information can be found on… Read More

Next Generation Sequencing Workshop in Bari Italy


Taking place between October 12 – 14, 2011, this workshop will feature talks from: Eduardo Eyras, CRG Barcelona, Spain Michele Morgante, IGA and University of Udine, Italy Antonio Costanzo, University of Roma “Tor Vergata”, Italy Massimiliano Gentile, CSC,… Read More

CFI Invests in U of G Research, Innovation

CFI Invests in U of G Research, Innovation Researchers at the University of Guelph who are striving to find solutions for some of today’s pressing global issues — biodiversity conservation, clean water, physical and mental health ailments —… Read More

PLoS ONE Launches Proceedings of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference

PLoS ONE Launches Proceedings of the Third International Barcode of Life Conference, Mexico City Collection

Ontario Genomics Institute interviews Mehrdad!

Guelph professor to use DNA technology to prevent habitat loss

University of Guelph integrative biology professor Mehrdad Hajibabaei has received $3 million to test DNA technology at Canada’s largest national park that could see a prevention of habitat loss. Guelph Mercury article: Guelph professor to use DNA technology to… Read More

Prof Gets $3-Million Grant, Aims to Prevent Habitat Loss

Using Canada’s largest national park as his laboratory, a University of Guelph professor will test cutting-edge DNA technology that could change how we monitor and protect the environment. University of Guelph news release: Prof Gets $3-Million Grant, Aims to… Read More

Postdoc and Grad Student Positions available

We are currently accepting applications from potential graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. For more information, please contact Dr. Mehrdad Hajibabaei at

University of Guelph Researchers PCR-Amplify Specimen DNA from Preservative Ethanol

Many a drinker of mezcal, the tequila-like alcoholic beverage made from agave plants, has been warned not to eat the worm at the bottom of the bottle. According to researchers from the University of Guelph, however, if you… Read More