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Jonathan Van Hamme

Professor, environmental microbiologist, Thompson Rivers University

I am an environmental microbiologist with interest in the bioremediation of contaminated environments. Starting with a focus on using bacteria and fungi to treat petroleum refinery waste, I now focus on the microbial metabolism of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) - now referred to as "Forever Chemicals". I also work with Canadian breweries examining how the genetic compliment of their yeast impact their products.

I graduated with an Honours BSc in Biology and a Chemistry Minor (1996), and a PhD (2000) from the University of Waterloo, and have been teaching courses such as Introductory Biology, Introductory Microbiology, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Physiology and Bioinformatics at Thompson Rivers University since 2003.

I am an associate editor for the Canadian Journal of Microbiology and the journal Biodegradation, and am a member of Canada's Biological and Chemical Defence Review Committee (

You can find out more about my work on Google Scholar (


  • 2003–present
    Professor , Thompson Rivers University