College of Agriculture and Bioresources

Research Area(s)

  • Microbial biofilms and aquatic systems
  • Microbial response to natural and applied stress
  • Antimicrobial resistance and animal agriculture
  • Microbiology of engineered systems
  • Fermentation to improve food functionity, value-added bioprocessing, antimicrobial films


Food and Bioproduct Sciences


  • Ph.D. (Microbiology), University of Saskatchewan
  • B.Sc. (Agriculture), University of Saskatchewan

Selected Publications

Flores-Vargas, Gabriela, Darren R. Korber and Jordyn Bergsveinson, 2023.  Sub-MIC antibiotics influence the microbiome, resistome and structure of riverine biofilm communities.  Frontiers in Microbiology, vol. 14.

Kryachko, Y., Tanaka, T., Nickerson, M.T., Zhou, L., Kimmel, J., D.R.  Korber, 2022. Development of novel pulse-derived products using solid-state fermentation.  Cereal Chemistry.

Alvarado, A.C., Chekabab, S.M., Predicala, B.Z.  and D.R. Korber. 2022. Impact of Raised without Antibiotics measures on antimicrobial resistance and prevalence of pathogens in sow barns. Antibiotics.

Flores, G., Lawrence, J.R., Bergsvienson, J. and D.R. Korber. 2021.  Environmental biofilms and agriculture systems as reservoirs for antimicrobial resistance. Front. Microbiol.,

Grigoryan, S., Jalique, D., Stroes-Gascoyne, S., Wolfaardt, G.M. and D.R. Korber. 2021. Implications of microorganisms on the integrity of clay-based engineered barrier systems: Approximation of bacterial populations in uncompacted bentonite. Heliyon.

Babaeighazvini, A., B. Acharya and D.R. Korber. 2021.  Multilayer photonic films based on interlocked chiral-nematic cellulose nanocrystals in starch/chitosan. Carbohydrate Polymers.

Chekabab, S.M., Lawrence, J.R., Alvardo, A.C., Predicala, B.Z.  and D.R. Korber. 2021. Piglet gut and in-barn manure from farms on Raised Without Antibiotics program display a reduced antimicrobial resistance but an increased prevalence of pathogens. Antibiotics.doi: 10.3390/antibiotics10101152

Kryachko, Yuriy, Batbayar, Barkhas, Tanaka, Takuji, Nickerson, Michael T. and Darren R. Korber, 2020. Production of glycerol by Lactobacillus plantarum NRRL B-4496 and formation of hexamine triggered by the acetogenic activity of wild microbiota from pea protein concentrate. J. Biotechnol. 323: 331-340. November 2020.

Chekabab, S., Lawrence, J.R., Alvardo, A., Predicala, B. and D.R. Korber. 2020.  A metadata-based health management approach for comparative analysis of high-throughput genetic sequences for quantifying AMR reduction in Canadian hog barns. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal.  Volume 18: 2629-2638.

Bergsveinson, J., J. Roy, C. Maynard, S. Sanschagrin, C.N. Freeman, G.D. Swerhone, J.J. Dynes, J. Tremblay, C.W. Greer, D.R Korber and J.R. Lawrence.  2020. Metatranscriptomic insights into the response of river biofilm communities to ionic and nano-zinc oxide exposures. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:267 doi:10.3389/fmicb.2020.00267.


Undergraduate courses:
  • FABS 212 (team taught)- Agrifood and Resources Microbiology
  • FABS 222 (team taught)- Food Security
  • FABS 325 - Food Microbiology and Safety
  • FABS 452 - Quality Assurance and HACCP

Graduate courses:

  • APMC 825 – Advanced Food Microbiology
  • FABS 852 - Advanced Quality Assurance and HACCP