J. Trevors

University Professor Emeritus
Phone number: 
SES Bovey







Bacterial cell biology, environmental microbiology/biotechnology, physiology and ecology. Bacterial denitrification gene expression. Reporter gene technology, use of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in microbiology applications. Survival and activities of genetically engineered bacteria in soil and water. Infectivity and viability of Cryptosporidium parvum. Environmental bacterial pathogens. Encapsulation and use of bacterial cells in environmental applications such as bioremediation. Fluorescent polarization to study bacterial cells and membranes. Bioenergy from waste. Biological systems for terrestrial and space applications, effects of microgravity and hypobaric pressure on bacterial cytoplasmic membranes. Bacterial evolution with an emphasis on the origin of functional genetic instructions. Entropy and thermodynamics of bacteria-their metabolism and evolution. 





Huang, C. H., T. Hsiang and J. T. Trevors. 2013. Comparative prokaryotic genomics: minimal gene core. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek: J. Microbiol.  103: 385-398.

Trevors, J. T. 2012. A perspective on the mobilization, localization and delivery of molecules in the crowded bacterial cytoplasm. Curr. Issues. Mol. Biol. 14:39-45.

Wickramasinghe, C. and J. T. Trevors. 2013. A case study of thwarted transformative research.   Theor. Biosci. DOI 10.1007/s12064-012-0172-1.

Trevors, J. T., J. D. van Elsas and A. K. Bej. 2013. The molecularly crowded cytoplasm of bacterial cells: growing and dividing cells contrasted with viable but non-culturable (VBNC) bacterial cells. Curr. Issues Mol. Biol.  15:1-6. 

Trevors, J. T., G. Pollack, M. H. Saier and L. Masson. 2012. Transformative research: definitions, approaches and consequences. Theory in Biosciences. 131(2):117-123.

Trevors, J.T., A. K. Bej and J. D. van Elsas. 2012. Hypothesized micro-environments for the origin of microbial life on the Earth. In: Seckbach, J. & R. Gordon, Eds. Genesis-In The Beginning; Prebiotic Life, Chemical Models and Early biological Evolution. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 775-795.








Research Area

Microbiology, biotechnology, cell biology, biophysics, environmental microbiology
Ph.D., University of Waterloo M.Sc.; B.Sc Honours, and B.Sc., Acadia University Editor-in-chief: Water, Air and Soil Pollution; Journal of Microbiological Methods; Journal of Transformative Science. Editor: Antonie van Leeuwenhoek: Journal of Microbiology ISI highly cited author citation Fellow of ATLAS (The Academy of Transdisciplinary Learning and Advanced Studies) ARMCCM (Canadian College of Microbiologists) University of Waterloo, Alumni of Honour Award Elected to European Academy of Sciences and Arts Visiting Professor, Astrobiology Program, University of Buckingham, UK Adjunct Professor, University of Waterloo.