Alexander Hynes, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine
(905) 525-9140 x 28155
HSC 3N8-D McMaster University
Associate Member, Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences
Farncombe Family Chair in Phage Biology
Bacteriophages ("phages") are bacteria-specific viruses. They out-number their hosts 10:1 and are thought to be responsible for the death of 40% of bacteria every day. The Hynes lab studies the role of phages in shaping bacterial communities, such as those of the gut microbiome, and leverages this information to exploit the activities of phages for therapeutic purposes.