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Gustavo Ybazeta, Bsc, PhD

Scientist, Health Sciences North Research Institute
Adjunct Professor, Laurentian University

Gustavo is a Scientist and the founder of the Bioinformatics and Genomics office at the Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI). He is also head of the wastewater surveillance initiative (WSI) for northeastern Ontario for the detection of SARs-CoV-2.

He completed a Bachelor’s degree in genetics at the Universidad of San Marcos, Peru, where he also worked in the Human Genetics laboratory doing Cytogenetics and peptide characterization. He then was awarded three Internships at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, where he worked on the phylogeny and biogeography of tropical freshwater fish. After that, he managed a Human Genetics laboratory at the University of Chicago, working in Human population and Pharmacogenetics. His doctoral work, supported by a prestigious Connaught scholarship, was done at the University of Toronto. This experience gives him a strong background in genetic evolution, biogeography, bioinformatics, and a broad range of molecular technologies.

  • Microbiome/host interactions, specifically their impacts on health treatments and outcomes in Cancer patients, IBD and metabolic disorders.
  • Wastewater surveillance initiative (WSI) for northeastern Ontario for the detection of SARs-CoV-2 and developing wastewater surveillance methods for pathogens, surveillance of antimicrobial genes (AMR) and the detection of chemicals in Northern communities.
  • Bioinformatics pipelines for Next Generation Sequencing and implementing evolutionary medicine studies for the North.

He welcomes graduate students and technicians to join these projects among others.


Metagenomics of Wastewater Influent from Wastewater Treatment Facilities across Ontario in the Era of Emerging SARS-CoV-2 Variants of Concern
Lawal OU, Zhang L, Parreira VR, Brown RS, Chettleburgh C, Dannah N, Delatolla R, Gilbride KA, Graber TE, Islam G, Knockleby J, Ma S, McDougall H, McKay RM, Mloszewska A, Oswald C, Servos M, Swinwood-Sky M, Ybazeta G, Habash M, Goodridge L. Microbiol Resour Announc. 2022 Jul 21;11(7):e0036222. doi: 10.1128/mra.00362-22. Epub 2022 May 31.PMID: 35638829.

Community Surveillance of Omicron in Ontario: Wastewater-based Epidemiology Comes of Age
Arts E., Brown S., Bulir B., Trevor Ch., DeGroot Ch., Delatolla R., Desaulniers J., Edwards A., Fuzzen M., Gilbride K., Gilchrist J., Goodridge L., Graber T., Habash M., Jüni P., Kirkwood A., Knockleby J., Kyle Ch., Landgraff Ch., Mangat Ch., Manuel D., McKay M., Mejia E., Mloszewska A., Ormeci B., Oswald C., Payne S., Peng H., Peterson S., Poon A., Servos M., Simmons D., Sun J., Yang M., Ybazeta G. Preprint. (2022).

Antimicrobial susceptibility of Canadian isolates of Helicobacter pylori in Northeastern Ontario
Eng NF, Ybazeta G, Chapman K, Fraleigh NL, Letto R, Altman E, Diaz-Mitoma F.Can J Infect Dis Med Microbiol. 2015 May-Jun;26(3):137-44. doi: 10.1155/2015/853287.PMID: 26236355

Complete Genome Sequences of a Diverse Group of 13 Propionibacterium acnes Bacteriophages Isolated from Urban Raw Sewage
Ybazeta G, Graham J, Trifkovic J, Giroux L, Saleh M, Sattar SA, Nokhbeh R.Genome Announc. 2018 Jun 28;6(26):e00224-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00224-18.PMID: 29954883.

Complete Genome Sequence of Enterococcus thailandicus Strain a523 Isolated from Urban Raw Sewage
Ybazeta G, Douglas L, Graham J, Fraleigh NL, Murad Y, Perez J, Diaz-Mitoma F, Tilbe K, Nokhbeh R.Genome Announc. 2017 Nov 22;5(47):e01298-17. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.01298-17.PMID: 29167245


  • (2021-2022) NSERC Alliance
  • (2021-2023) Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks (MECP). Ontario Transfer Payments
  • (2022) Genome Canada Ontario
  • (2021-2023) North Ontario Academic Medicine Association (NOAMA)
  • (2021-2022) Northern Cancer Foundation (NCF)

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