Mike Dixon, University of Guelph

Professor Guelph, Ontario mdixon@uoguelph.ca Office: (519) 824-4120 ext. 52555

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Prof. Mike Dixon teaches in the School of Environmental Sciences and is Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) and program, University of Guelph. He served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Biology from 2003-2008. Dixon joined the University in 1985 as...

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Bio/Research

Prof. Mike Dixon teaches in the School of Environmental Sciences and is Director of the Controlled Environment Systems Research Facility (CESRF) and program, University of Guelph. He served as Chair of the Department of Environmental Biology from 2003-2008. Dixon joined the University in 1985 as a NSERC University Research Fellow after earning his PhD from Edinburgh University in Scotland and holding a post-doctoral position at the University of Toronto.

As project leader for the Canadian research team investigating the contributions of plants to life support in space, Dixon formed the Space and Advanced Life Support Agriculture (SALSA) program at the University of Guelph. This program currently represents Canada’s prime contribution to the international space science objectives in life support and collaborates with NASA and the Canadian and European Space Agencies. The CESRF is among the world’s leading research venues for technology developments and research dedicated to studying plant and microbial interactions in advanced life support systems. The technical “pull” of space exploration has aided the development of a wide range of technologies that have spun off into applications in terrestrial agri-food sectors and most notably the phyto-pharmaceutical (medicine from plants) sector in recent years. Dixon is also the project leader for the research team at Guelph investigating the biofiltration of indoor air as a method of alleviating what is commonly known as “sick building syndrome”.


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