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Desiree Vanderwel

Associate Professor

Contact Information




  • Biochemistry

Areas of Expertise:

  • Biochemistry of Insect Communication

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Available To:

  • Provide comment to media


Dr. Désirée Vanderwel earned her PhD in chemistry from Simon Fraser University studying the biosynthesis of pheromones in grain and bark beetles. She also spent one year as a postdoctoral biochemistry researcher at the University of Nevada-Reno, studying pheromone biosynthesis in houseflies.

In 1991, she joined the Department of Chemistry at The University of Winnipeg, where she teaches organic chemistry and biochemistry to undergraduates, and is involved in studying communication in insects, especially grain insects.

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