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Professor of Biocchemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University

Professor Lori Burrows is a microbiologist and an international expert on bacterial virulence factors called type IV pili, antibiotic resistance, and biofilm formation, particularly stimulation of biofilm formation by sub-inhibitory antibiotic concentrations and exploitation of the stimulation phenotype to find new antimicrobials for multidrug resistant bacteria. Burrows’ research is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Canadian Glycomics Network, the Ontario Research Fund, and industrial support. She has published over 120 peer reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters (h-index = 53). She is the Associate Director (Partnerships and Outreach) of McMaster University’s Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Bacteriology (ASM), the Journal of Biochemistry (ASBMB), and ACS Infectious Diseases. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2017) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2021). In 2020 she received the CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement from the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.


  • 2006–present
    Professor, McMaster University


  • 1993 
    University of Guelph, PhD in Bacterial Genetics

Professional Memberships

  • Canadian Society for Microbiologists
  • American Society of Microbiology
  • American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology