Photo Credit: Simon Wilson

Photo Credit: Simon Wilson

Dr. Alexander Hynes

Dr. Hynes joined McMaster as an Assistant Professor in Sept 2017, following a postdoc in Canada's premier bacteriophage lab. He's been working on phages since 2008, and intends to continue doing so until he understands them. Working in the Farncombe Family Institute for Digestive Health Research has allowed him to pair his expertise on phages with world-class research programs centered on the human gut microbiome. You can read more about his research interests here.

Given the dearth of phage researchers, he feels a responsibility to re-introduce phages to undergraduate curricula and has worked to do so in Newfoundland, Québec, and now Ontario. He's also taken an active interest in scientific communication, in particular through his affiliation with the Canadian Society of Microbiologists.

Back when he knew how to achieve some semblance of work-life balance (or at least, before having kids made it apparent he wasn't doing as well in that department as he had previously thought), his hobbies included teaching Salsa dancing and contract work on hobby game design. In addition to being able to write about himself on his website in the third person, he can do so fluently in English, French, and Spanish.


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Université Laval

    • Adaptation in CRISPR-Cas systems, with Dr. Sylvain Moineau

  • PhD Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland

    • The phages and phage-like elements of Rhodobacter capsulatus, with Dr. Andrew Lang

  • BSc Cell, Molecular & Microbial Biology, University of Calgary

Recent Awards (Last 5 years):

  • Farncombe Family Chair in Phage Biology (2017-2020)

  • Canadian Society of Microbiologists: Roger Knowles Postdoctoral Award (2017)

  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council: Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018)

  • Fonds de Recherche du Quebec - Nature et Technologies: Étudiant-chercheur étoile (2014)

  • Nucleic Acids Research CRISPR2014 award (2014)

Artist Credit:  Serena Malyon .

Artist Credit: Serena Malyon.