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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Sylvie Bardin

Associate Teaching Professor


Faculty of Science

Laboratory coordinator for first and second year undergraduate laboratories and teach a third and a fourth year laboratory

Contact information

Energy Systems and Nuclear Science Research Centre (ERC) - Room 3010
North Oshawa
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, ON L1G 0C5


Research topics

  • Plant-microbe Interactions

Areas of expertise

  • Molecular Biology
  • Microbiology


I graduated from the University of Geneva, Switzerland with a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. in Biochemistry. I also obtained a certificate in Environmental Chemistry from the same University.

I graduated with a Ph.D. in biology from McMaster University, Ontario. My thesis investigated plant-microbe interactions and more specifically how phosphate transport in the bacteria Rhizobium meliloti affected the ability of the bacteria to fix atmospheric nitrogen during the symbiotic interaction with alfalfa, its plant host.

After my Ph.D., I spend one year at the University College Cork, Ireland and three years as a Agriculture and Agri-food Canada Visiting Fellow at the Lethbridge Research Centre in Alberta, working on the biocontrol of plant fungal diseases (Pythium damping-off) by soil micro-organisms and soil amendments as an alternative to the use of chemical fungicides.

I then spent one year as an instructor at the Grande Prairie Regional College, teaching biology, microbiology and biochemistry (lecture and laboratory) for first and second year University Transfer Students before joining the team at Ontario Tech.


  • BASc, Biochemistry Université de Genève, Switzerland 1988
  • Certificate in Environmental Chemistry Université de Genève, Switzerland 1989
  • MSc, Biochemistry Université de Genève, Switzerland 1991
  • PhD, Biology (Plant-microbes Interaction) McMaster University 1997

Courses taught

Lecture the following courses:

  • BIOL 1800U (Biochemistry for Health Sciences)
  • BIOL 1010U (Molecular and Cellular Systems)
  • BIOL 2040U (Biochemistry)
  • BIOL 3010U- Now BIOL 4041 (Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 4040U (Applied Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 1011U (Chromosomal & Molecular Basis of Inheritance; online module

Coordinated the laboratories and/or tutorials for the following courses:

  • BIOL 1010U (Biology 1: Molecular and Cellular Systems)
  • BIOL 1020U (Biology II: Diversity of Life and Principles of Ecology)
  • BIOL 2010U (Introductory Physiology)
  • BIOL 2020U (Genetics and Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 2030U (Cell Biology)
  • BIOL 2040U (Biochemistry)
  • BIOL 2840U (Cell and Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 3010U - Now BIOL 4041 (Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology)
  • BIOL 3030U (Microbiology and Immunology)
  • BIOL 3032U (Advanced Microbiology)