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Nadia Mykytczuk

Nadia Mykytczuk

Industrial Research Chair

School of the Environment


Dr. Mykytczuk holds an NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation, and Science Communication that encompases an interdisciplinary research program that focuses on developing, optimizing and prototyping biomining and bioremediation technologies to help "mine value from wastes". She has published over 45 research papers and has trained a total of 70 highly qualified personnel (HQP) since 2010. She has several ongoing projects related to metal recovery for various mine wastes, mine waste stabilization and acid mine drainage treatment with wetland systems with various industrial partners. 


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow- McGill University, Montreal (2010-2012)

  • Ph.D., Laurentian University, Sudbury (2009)- Boreal Ecology

  • B.Sc., Carleton University, Ottawa (2005) - Environmental Science
    • Medal Recipient- Graduate with Highest Academic Standing in Science

Academic Appointments

  • 2016- present: NOHFC Industrial Research Chair in Biomining, Bioremediation and Science Communication (Laurentian U.)  
  • 2019- Present Associate Professor (Laurentian U. School of the Environment)
  • Cross-appointed faculty in Department of Biology, Harquail School of Earth Sciences, and the Bharti School of Engineering
  • 2016- 2019 Assistant Professor (Laurentian U. School of the Environment)
  • 2013-2016: Research Scientist- Bioremediation (Laurentian U. Vale Living with the Lakes)

On The Web

Living with the Lakes:

List of publications:

Research gate:

LinkedIn profile:




The Mykytczuk Lab uses aspects of microbiology, molecular biology, and environmental science to study extreme and disturbed habitats and ecosystems. The microbial communities that occupy such sites harbor a range of physiological and biochemical characteristics useful for understanding the limits to life, biogeochemical processes in the environment, and in uncovering special metabolic properties with important applications in biotechnology and industry. 

For example, studies related to acid mine drainage (AMD) bacteria are key to developing novel strategies and efficient techniques for in situ bio-mining/bioleaching, and for bioremediation and restoration where conventional mining has been undertaken.  Comparatively little work has been done in this area, even where mineral extraction has long been practiced (e.g. Sudbury, Ontario).  Canada’s vast mineral wealth and development potential depends on being able to mine efficiently and effectively in sensitive northern (boreal and tundra) environments while minimizing environmental impacts.

Accordingly, the Lab works to understand the functional link between the geological/geochemical substrates found in and around mines, and the metabolic abilities of the adapted microbial communities in these materials. Novel ecophysiological interactions are probed using functional metagenomics/metatransciptomics, so the bioremediation potential and barriers to widespread use of microbial communities can be better understood. Some past and ongoing projects can be summarized as follows:

Research Opportunities with the Mykytczuk Lab

The Lab is seeking motivated candidates for M.Sc. and Ph.D. positions, please email Dr. Mykytczuk directly. 

Current Mykytczuk Lab members:

  • Madiha F. Khan, Ph.D (Research Associate)
  • Julian Weisner (Lab Technician)
  • Emmanuel Ngoma (Ph.D candidate; co-supervised by Dr. Corey Laamanen)
  • Brittaney Courchesne (M.Sc. candidate; co-supervised by Dr. Michael Schindler)
  • Aelxandra Methe (M.Sc. candidate; co-supervised by Dr. Thomas Merritt)
  • Nathalie Tremblay (M.Sc. candidate)
  • Thomas Clarke (MSc candidate)
  • Lianne Girard (M.Sc. candidate; co-supervised by Dr. Charles Ramcharan)
  • Kimber Munford (Ph.D candidate at Guelph U; co-supervised by Dr. Susan Glasaur)
  • Pauline Van Leeuwen (Ph.D candidate; co-supervised by Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde)

Past Mykytczuk Lab members

  • Asma Asemaninejad PhD, PDF
  • Arielle Bieniek M.Sc. (co-supervised by Dr. Thomas Merritt)
  • Katie Mitchell M.Sc.
  • Varun Gupta, PhD (co-supervised by Dr. John Gunn)
  • Nicole Valiquette M.Sc.  (co-supervised by Dr. Thomas Merritt)
  • Kurt Yakimovich M.Sc. (co-supervised by Dr. Nathan Basiliko)
  • Emilia Principe M.Sc. (co-supervised by Dr. Michael Schindler)
  • Elliot Schmidt M.Sc (co-supervised by Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde)
  • Shanay Williams-Johnson, M.Sc. (co-supervised by Dr. Nathan Basiliko)
  • Kera Yucel, MSc. (co-supervised by Dr. Peter Ryser)
  • Caroline Emilson, M.Sc. (co-supervised by Dr. Nathan Basiliko)
  • Ashley Miller, Ph.D. (Post-Doctoral Fellow)
  • Marney Doran (M.Sc. candidate; cop-supervised by Dr. Thomas Merritt)


  • City of Greater Sudbury 40 under 40 Award recipient (Fall 2019)

• Laurentian University Innovation Award 2018, Bioleaching with Genomics (April 2018)

• Laurentian University 2017 Top 10 Research and Innovation Achievements Award (Placed

3rd): (April 2018)

• Co-Awarded the Laurentian Voyageur Innovation Challenge (with PhD student Varun

Gupta) for “A Novel, Floating Treatment Wetland Capable of Treating Acid Mine

Drainage in Cold Climates” (April 2018)

• Early Career Researcher Award, Polar and Alpine Microbiology (September 2013)


Select Courses for 2020-2021 (Laurentian)

ENSC 4116: Environmental Remediation- Global Lessons from the Sudbury Story (in class and online option)

ENSC 2216: Our Environment


For a detailed listing of publications, please see: