Committee on Microbiology Undergraduate Education (CMUE) and Forum on Microbiology Education (FOME)

CMUE Mission

  • To support CSM members with interests in enhancing microbiology and biology education
  • Foster knowledge sharing and discourse about effective, student centred teaching practices
  • Contribute to the mission of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists “to advance microbiology in all its aspects”

CMUE Committee Membership

  • CSM members at any level (undergraduate student to professor) or occupational setting (academic or non-academic) are welcome to join the CMUE
  • The CMUE consists of a Chair, Vice chair, and a minimum of four additional members who are all involved in the planning, organizing and facilitation of events, as well as helping to increase CMUE’s visibility and activities repertoire within the CSM
  • This committee meets several times a year to plan for FOME, online events, and to determine future efforts that should be prioritized by CMUE (e.g. efforts to gain sponsorship for FOME keynote lectures)
  • We want to do more! CONTACT US at with any questions, new or innovative concepts to try, and ideas for improving CMUE activities and events

CMUE Members


Dr. Anni Moore

CMUE Chair


Most students start microbiology course thinking microbes are bad because they cause diseases and it is exhilarating to see them learn that microbes are so much more! I teach general microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, and food and water microbiology, using CUREs in all my classes to give students the opportunity to experience inquiry-based science. I am microbial ecologist by training, and our class research projects range from novel antibiotic discoveries from soils (Tiny Earth) to oral microbiomes of energy drink consumers. Everyone can find their passion about some aspect of microbiology!

Morningside University
1501 Morningside Ave, Sioux City, IA 51106, USA



Mr. Ryan Suleman MSc, RMCCM

CMUE Chair


Mr. Suleman joined the CSM-CMUE recently and delivered talks about the use of “snap presentations” during an online CMUE event (to be archived on YouTube) and during this year’s MicroFOME.

Ryan has also involved himself in science outreach to young scholars, with presentations about his work at Hoyne Brewery as a quality control microbiologist!

Camosun College, Lansdowne Campus, School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biology
3100 Foul Bay Rd, Victoria, B.C., V8P 5J2, Canada



Dr. Maria Davis

CMUE Member
Past Chair (2021-2022)


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Delaware. I teach courses in microbiology, immunology and introductory biology. My research with primarily undergraduate students focuses on stress responses in microorganisms, insect microbiomes and innovations in pedagogy. I am interested in developing course materials and curricula that give my students a sense of belonging and ownership to motivate and engage students in my courses.

University of Delaware
Department of Biological Sciences
Newark, Delaware, 19711, USA



Dr. Landon Getz

CMUE Member


I am a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto, studying in the Department of Biochemistry. As an educator, I have taught introductory chemistry and microbiology, as well as an intermediate course on the social and societal implication of gene editing through a multi-disciplinary lens.

The classroom is for everyone. Ensuring that this is true in all classrooms is an active process. Dr. Getz is a co-founder of the Pride in Microbiology network.

University of Toronto
Department of Biochemistry

Twitter: @landongetz


Dr. Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi

CMUE Member

CLICK FOR BIOAs a strong advocate of science communication, I am passionate about communicating scientific stories or theories in their simplest form even to non-science audiences. Dr. Igbalajobi is the founder of Scholarships Cafe, which aims to help graduate trainees identify funding opportunities as well as refining application and/or networking skills.
Email: Twitter: @olumuyiwaayo

Dr. Matthew Links

CMUE Member


I am grateful to be able teach students about the connection between animals and their microbiome. We have a term project I enjoy where students are challenged to pick a character (e.g. superhero or villain) that has an animal connection in their origin story and discuss how the animal’s microbiome may have shaped the character’s development.

University of Saskatchewan
51 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A8,



Dr. Nicole Sukdeo

CMUE Member
Past Chair (2022-2023)


WHAT DOES GOOD TEACHING LOOK LIKE? Students see a clear pathway through a course to improve their understanding of “something” (and they will be supported on this path).

WHAT DOES GOOD LEARNING LOOK LIKE? Students come away from a course with an accurate awareness of how their depth in conceptual understanding increased as a result of that experience.

University of Northern British Columbia
(Prince George Campus),
Department of Ecosystem Science and
3333 University Way
Prince George, BC, V2N 4Z9,



Dr. Joe Rubin

CMUE Member


I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology who only realized how much I loved teaching when I was assigned my first class! I’m passionate about sharing my love of bacteria and all the amazing things they do with the veterinarians of tomorrow and inspiring them to think beyond the clinic. Since the pandemic, I have developed a strong interest in open educational resources and sharing the teaching materials I create for my courses.

University of Saskatchewan
52 Campus Drive, Saskatoon, SK,,
S7N 5B4, Canada

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CMUE Events

  • The Forum on Microbiology Education (FOME) is a CSM pre-conference workshop featuring a keynote lecture and short presentations (MicroFOME) curated from submitted CSM conference abstracts
  • As of 2023, FOME also accepts poster abstract submissions for education-themed posters that will be presented during the regular poster sessions at the annual CSM conference
  • Online webinars are also facilitated by the CMUE and feature presenters or open/ themed sessions where attendees can seek help to enhance their teaching practices and student engagement
  • PAST WEBINARS are archived at the CSM/SCM YouTube channel:

CMUE History

  • In 2014, the Forum on Microbiology Education (FOME) was established (or as the founders would say “inoculated over fermented beverages”), when former labmates Dr. Tanya Noel and Dr. Chris Yost identified the need and benefits of a community within the society to share Canadian Microbiology teaching and learning resources.
  • In 2015, Dr. Tanya Noel and Dr. Josie Libertucci co-chaired the 1st FOME session held at the 65th CSM Annual Conference in Regina, SK.
  • In 2020, FOME led to the establishment of the CSM Committee on Microbiology Undergraduate Education (CMUE).
  • From 2020-2022, FOME shifted to online (2020-2021) and hybrid pre-conference offerings (2022-2023) following the COVID-19 pandemic