Prof. Dominic Sauvageau (BEng MEng, PhD – Chemical Engineering, McGill University; P.Eng.) joined the University of Alberta in January 2011. His research focuses on different aspects of Bioengineering from bioproduction of biofuels, biomaterials and specialty chemicals in microbial systems to the development of bacteriophage-based technologies. He is heavily involved in the development of advanced fermentation technologies, such as self-cycling fermentation, for the improvement of productivity in microbial systems. His research involves the bioconversion of sugar feedstocks (by bacteria and yeast) and of methane (by methanotrophic bacteria) to value-added products (alcohols, biojet fuel, biopolymers). His work combines principles from chemical and process engineering with techniques from molecular biology, genetic engineering and synthetic biology.
He is the recipient of an Early Career Researcher and a Discovery Grant Accelerator Supplement Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). He received the Provost’s Award for Early Achievement of Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2015) and the Faculty of Engineering Undergraduate Teaching Award (2014) at the University of Alberta. He was the supervisor and co-supervisor of four awarded teams of students representing the UofA at the International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) synthetic biology competition (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018).