Petroleum Microbiology Research Laboratory

University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta
What the facility does

Petroleum microbiology related to hydrocarbon biodegradation, bioremediation, enhanced oil recovery, biocorrosion, oil sands tailings pond microbiology, and identifying and characterizing microbial communities and their functions in diverse environments

Areas of expertise

The laboratory is equipped to address fundamental and applied research questions related to the roles that microbes play in the oil and gas industry, either beneficially or detrimentally. Infrastructure is available to address research questions or problems using cultivation, analytical chemistry, and molecular biology approaches.

Research services

Analytical chemistry, Molecular biology

Sectors of application
  • Chemical industries
  • Clean technology
  • Energy (renewable and fossil)
  • Environmental technologies and related services
  • Mining, minerals and metals



Gas chromatograph-Flame Ionization Detector (GC-FID)

Analysis of oil and oil-related components

Gas chromatograph-Thermal Conductivity Detector (GC-TCD)

Analysis of gases related to petroleum and microbial metabolism

Gas chromatograph-Mass Spectrometer (GC-MS)

Hydrocarbon and microbial metabolite analysis

High Pressure Liquid/Ion Chromatograph

Analysis of anions and a variety of water soluble components


Regular and quantitative thermocyclers to amplify and quantify genes


Processing of cells and subcellular components for biodegradation studies and enzymatic transformations


Measures toxicity as indicator of successful biodegradation/biodetoxification

  • Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance
  • Canada School of Energy and Environment
  • Genome Canada
  • InnoTech Alberta



Research Project Focuses on Microbial-Induced Pipeline Corrosion, Materials Performance (NACE International), March 2017, Vol. 56, No. 3, pp. 14-17.…