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Lori L. Burrows

Professor of Biocchemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University

Professor Lori Burrows is a microbiologist and an expert on antibiotic resistance, bacterial attachment, motility and surface sensing, bacteriophages, and biofilm formation. The Burrows lab’s 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 and her team have published over 120 peer reviewed papers, reviews, and book chapters. She is the Associate Director 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 member of the Institute Advisory Board of the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity. She is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (2017) and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (2021). She has received the 2020 CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement from the Canadian Society of Microbiologists; the 2023 John G. Fitzgerald Award from the Canadian Association for Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and the 2023 Canadian Science Publishing Senior Investigator Award from the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences. She is a advocate for women in STEM, and created the CSM Burrows Award for Womxn in Microbiology, given annually to outstanding female microbiology trainees who advance the cause of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.


  • 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 and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences