George Chaconas


Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases

Full Member

Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases


University of Calgary, 1978

Post-doctoral Studies

Cold Spring Harbour Laboratory, 1978-1981

Contact information


Office: 403.210.9692

Web presence



Office : HRIC2C62

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Molecular Biology and Disease
  • Genomics Proteomics and Bioinformatics

Research Activities

We are interested in the pathogenic strategies of the Lyme disease spirochete. Specifically, we study mechanisms involved in hematogenous dissemination by which the bacteria spread to a variety of tissue types to cause different types of symptoms. We also study antigenic variation, the process by which a major surface protein changes sequence to avoid the host immune system.  




  • Jul 2007-Jun 2014             AHFMR Scientist Award (salary support)
  • Oct 2003 – Sep 2010         Canada Research Chair in the Molecular Biology of Lyme Borreliosis
  • Oct 2010 – Sep 2017         Canada Research Chair in the Molecular Biology of Lyme Borreliosis
  • Dec 2010                            Schultz Award for General Excellence (SAGE) Award, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Calgary
  • June 2011                           CSM Murray Award for Career Achievement, June 2011.