Philip S. Shwed, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Development for methods of identification and detection of microorganisms used in biotechnology.

Current research and/or projects

Microbial identification and phylogenetic relationships of microbes, lower eukraryotes and protists used in biotechnology. Development of methodology for detection of microbes in environmental settings and complex mixtures.

Research and/or project statements

-Implementation of whole genome sequence data for hazard characterization

-Development of methodology for home microbiome analysis

-Analysis of yeast and fungal genomes

Professional activities / interests

Participating Member of International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committe 229 (Nanotechnologies)

Member of the Interdepartmental Microbial Working Group (Canada)

Provision of scientific expertise and development of methods for identification and regulation of microorganisms used in biotechnology

Education and awards

Ph.D. Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Guelph

M.Sc. Biology, Carleton University.

B.Sc. (Hons.) Biology and Biotechnology, Carleton University.

Key publications


Subasinghe, R.M., Samarajeewa A.D., Meier, M., Coleman, G., Clouthier, H., Crosthwait, J., Tayabali, A.F., Scroggins, R., Shwed, P.S., Beaudette, L.A. (2018) Bacterial and Fungal Composition Profiling of Microbial Based Cleaning Products. Food and Chemical Toxicology 116 (Pt A):25-31.

A. Tayabali, G. Coleman, J. Crosthwait, K. Nguyen, Y. Zhang,  P. Shwed. (2017) Composition and pathogenic potential of a microbial bioremediation product used for crude oil degradation. PLoS One 12(2):  e0171911.

Anoop V, Rotaru S, Shwed PS, Tayabali AF, Arvanitakis G. (2015) . Review of current methods for characterizing virulence and pathogenicity potential of industrial Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains towards humans. FEMS Yeast Res. 15(6): fov057.