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Wilfrid Laurier University Faculty of Science
August 23, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Laurier is a founding member of SHARCNET (, a consortium of universities and colleges operating a network of high-performance compute clusters in south western, central and northern Ontario.

The Shared Hierarchical Academic Research Computing Network (SHARCNET) is a world‐class consortium of 16 Ontario colleges and universities in a “cluster of clusters” of high performance computers linked by advanced fiber optics. Its unique infrastructure enables computational research in areas such as science, engineering and business.

Established in 2001, SHARCNET provides leading‐edge computational equipment to accelerate the production of research results for academic and industry partners. Its members seek linkages between academic researchers and corporate partners in new business opportunities; to attract and retain the best students, researchers and companies; and to create new opportunities for further building Canada’s knowledge‐based economy.

SHARCNET is committed to developing an effective High Performance Computing (HPC) culture in Canada. Its key strategic areas of focus include: genomics, bioinformatics and biocomputation; physics and chemistry of advanced materials; fluid dynamics in engineering, aerospace, astrophysics and geophysics; earth systems and environmental earth sciences; economics, business and finance; and High Performance Computing, visualization, networks and grid computing.

People at Laurier

Dr. Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb, Department of Biology Gabriel Moreno- Hagelsieb, who holds a SHARCNET Chair in Biocomputing, is researching the genomic sequence of microbes. His research analyzes the DNA of all known microbes to determine how their genes are organized into functional modules, which genes work together to attain a particular biological function, how they evolve, and how genetic changes affect their function. Moreno- Hagelsieb’s bioinformatics research has applications in the development of antimicrobial agents and for engineering organisms that destroy pollutants.

Dr. Gabriel Moreno-Hagelsieb
Associate Professor; SHARCNET Research Chair 2004-2006,
Department of Biology