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  Dr. G. Voordouw  




B.Sc. Chemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1970

M.Sc. Chemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, 1972

Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of Calgary, 1975


BI 162A







Term 1 web site

Term 2 web site

NSERC Industrial Research Chair


 Brief program description and rationale.pdf

 NSERC IRC in Petroleum Microbiology Program.pdf

 Uncovering the Microbial diversity of the Alberta Oil Sands through Metagenomics.pdf



Research Interests

Molecular biology, genomics and physiology of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) 

Petroleum Microbiology: Sulphur cycle management, Corrosion control, Improved production. 

Gerrit Voordouw is the Project Leader of the “Metagenomics for Greener Production and Extraction of Hydrocarbon Energy” Project. This project is funded by Genome Canada, Genome Alberta and Genome BC. Link:



Courses Taught

CMMB 545 Petroleum Microbiology



Team Members



Annie An MSc Hydrocarbon metagenomics
Dongshan An Research Associate

Hydrocarbon metagenomics

Alexander Elliott MSc Microbiology of shale gas fields
Tekle Fida PDF Sulfur cycle management
Fatma Gassara PDF Microbially Enhanced Oil Recovery
Jaspreet Mand PhD Corrosion Control
Priyesh Menon MSc Corrosion control
Gloria Okpala PhD Sulfur cycle management
Tijan Pinnock MSc Corrosion Control
Christina Ridley PhD Microbiology of oil sands environments
Navreet Suri PhD Improved Production
Fiona (Yuan) Xue M.Sc. Sulfur cycle management
Yin Shen Technician Sulfur cycle management
Johanna Voordouw Technician Mutagenesis of Desulfovibrio, hydrocarbon metagenomics
Rhonda Clark   

Project Manager, NSERC IRC




2009-Poject Leader, Genome Canada Award, “Metagenomics for Greener Production and Extraction of Hydrocarbon Energy”.
2007-2017 NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Petroleum Microbiology



Selected publications

  • Okoro, C., Smith, S., Chiejina, L., Lumactud, R., An, D., Park, H.S., Voordouw, J., Lomans, B.P. and G. Voordouw. 2014. Comparison of microbial communities involved in souring and corrosion in offshore and onshore oil production facilities in Nigeria. J. Indust. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 41: 665-678. DOI: 10.1007/s10295-014-1401-z.
  • Callbeck,C., Agrawal, A. and G. Voordouw. 2013. Acetate production from oil under sulfate-reducing conditions in bioreactors injected with sulfate and nitrate. Appl. and Environ. Microbiol. 79:5059-5068.
    Soh, J., Dong, X., Caffrey, S. M., Voordouw, G.,and Sensen, C. W. (2013) Phoenix 2: a locally installable large-scale 16S rRNA gene sequence analysis pipeline withWeb interface. J. Biotechnol. 167:393-403.
  • An, D., Caffrey,S. M., Soh, J., Agrawal, A., Brown, D., Budwill, K., Dong, X., Dunfield, P. F.,Foght, J., Gieg, L. M., Hallam, S. J., Hanson, N. W., He, Z., Jack, T. R.,Klassen, J., Konwar, K. M., Kuatsjah, E., Li, C., Larter, S., Leopatra, V.,Nesbø, C. L., Oldenburg, T., Pagé, A. P., Ramos-Padron, E., Rochman, F. F.,Saidi-Mehrabad, A., Sensen, C. W., Sipahimalani, P., Song, Y. C., Wilson, S.,Wolbring, G., Wong, M.-L., and Voordouw, G. (2013) Metagenomics of Hydrocarbon Resource Environments Indicates Aerobic Taxa and Genes to be Unexpectedly Common. Environ. Sci, and Technol., 47: 10708-10717. DOI: 10.1021/es4020184.
  • An, D., Brown,D., Chatterjee, I.,Dong, X., Ramos-Padron, E.,Wilson, S., Bordenave, S., Caffrey, S. M., Gieg, L. M., Sensen, C. W., and Voordouw,G. (2013) Microbial community and potential functional genediversity involved in anaerobic hydrocarbon degradation and methanogenesis in an oil sands tailings pond. Genome, 10.1139/gen-2013-0083.
  • Johnston, S. J. and Voordouw, G. 2012. Sulfate-reducing bacteria lower sulfur-mediated pitting corrosion under conditions of oxygen ingress. Environ. Sci. Technol. 46: 9183-9190.
  • Brown, D., Ramos-Padron, E., Gieg, L. and G. Voordouw. 2012. Effect of calcium ions and anaerobic microbial activity on sedimentation of oil sands tailings. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation,
  • Folarin, Y., An, D., Caffrey, S., Soh, J., Sensen, C.W., Voordouw, J., Jack, T. and G. Voordouw. 2012. Contribution of make-up water to the microbial community in an oil field from which oil is produced by produced water reinjection. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation,
  • Bordenave, S., Chatterjee, I. and G. Voordouw. 2012. Microbial community structure and microbial activities related to CO2 storage capacities of a salt cavern. International Biodeterioration and Biodegradation,
  • Voordouw, G. 2012. Interaction of oil sands tailings particles with polymers and microbial cells: first step towards reclamation to soil. Biopolymers 'Accepted Article', doi: 10.1002/bip.22156.
  • Agrawal, A., Park, H.S., Nathoo, S., Gieg, L.M., Jack, T.R., Miner, K., Ertmoed, R., Benko, A. and G. Voordouw. 2012. Toluene depletion in produced oil contributes to souring control in a field subjected to nitrate injection. Environ. Sci. and Technol. 46: 1285-1292.
  • Kryachko, Y., Dong, X., Sensen, C. W. and G. Voordouw. 2011. Compositions of microbial communities associated with oil and water in a mesothermic oil field. 2011. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 101: 493-506.
  • Park, H-S., Chatterjee, I., Dong, X., Wang, S-H., Sensen, C.W., Caffrey, S.M., Jack, T.R., Boivin, J. and G. Voordouw. 2011. Effect of sodium bisulfite injection on the microbial community composition in a brackish-water-transporting pipeline. Appl. and Environ. Microbiol. 77: 6908-6917.
  • Callbeck, C.M., Dong, X., Chatterjee, I., Agrawal, A., Caffrey, S.M., Sensen, C. and G. Voordouw. 2011. Microbial community succession in a bioreactor modeling a souring low temperature oil reservoir subjected to nitrate injection. Appl. Microbiol. and Biotech. 91: 799-810.
  • Voordouw, G. 2011. Production-Related Petroleum Microbiology: Progress and Prospects. Curr. Opin. Biotechnol. 22: 401-405.
  • Ramos, E., Bordenave, S., Lin, S., Bhaskar, I. M., Dong, X., Sensen, C., Fournier, J., Voordouw, G. and L. Gieg. 2011 Carbon and sulfur cycling by microbial communities in a gypsum-treated oil sands tailings pond. Environ. Sci. Technol. 45: 439-446.
  • Coombe, D., Jack, T., Voordouw, G., Zhang, F., Clay, B. and K. Miner. (2010) Simulation of bacterial souring in an Albertan heavy oil reservoir subjected to nitrate injection. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 49:19-26.
  • Voordouw, G., Grigoryan, A.A., Lambo, A., Lin, S., Park, H.S., Jack,  T.R., Coombe, D., Clay, B., Zhang, F., Ertmoed, R., Miner, K. and J. J. Arensdorf. (2009) Sulfide remediation by pulsed injection of nitrate into a low temperature Canadian heavy oil reservoir. Environmental Science and Technology 43:9512-9518.
  • Grigoryan, A.A., Lambo, A., Lin, S., Cornish, S.L., Jack, T.R. and G. Voordouw. (2009) Souring remediation by field-wide nitrate injection in an Alberta oil field. Journal of Canadian Petroleum Technology, 48:58-61.
  • Lin, S., Krause, F. and Voordouw, G. (2009) Transformation of iron sulfide to greigite by nitrite produced by oil field bacteria. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 83:369-376.



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