Tyler Research designs and develops equipment primarily for biomedical and environmental applications. Drawing from an experienced team of molecular biologists, biochemists, physicists, machinists and engineers, the company creates proof-of-principle and research prototypes, investigates production methodologies through commercial prototype development, and performs limited run manufacturing of advanced technology instrumentation. With expertise in electronics, computer and microprocessor control, precision machining and pure and applied research,Tyler Research is positioned to enhance the investigative process by facilitating the basic and applied research of its clients.
Working with universities, research institutes and corporations throughout North America and Europe, Tyler Research has successfully completed hundreds of projects in the areas of cell and membrane physiology, neurophysiology, protein and nucleic acid chemistry, microbiology and biofilm technology, endocrinology, cryogenics, nuclear magnetic resonance imaging, orthopedic and general surgery, and molecular genetics.
While at Harvard University in the 1970s and early 1980s, Jonathan Tyler developed instrumentation for the nascent field of molecular biology. At the time, techniques for handling genes at the molecular level were in their infancy. As a biochemist actively involved in research, Dr. Tyler created instrumentation for the manipulation of DNA and proteins in his own lab. Publications arising from his work encouraged other scientists to seek his assistance in designing and developing equipment for their labs as well. As the demand for this service grew, he established the engineering firm Tyler Research Corporation in the United States.
Dr. Tyler joined the faculty of the Department of Genetics at the University of Alberta as an Alberta Heritage Medical Research Scholar in 1981. In 1986, he incorporated Tyler Research in Canada, and concurrently founded the Center for Biomedical Design in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta. He served as Director of Biomedical Design and Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Alberta until 1995, when he left the University of Alberta to manage Tyler Research full time.
In 2012, Tyler Research spun off a subsidiary firm, Tyler Advanced Corrosion Technologies (TACT), specializing in the monitoring and control of biofouling and microbiologically induced corrosion (MIC) in industry.