Research Chairs

Research Chairs are prestigious academic distinctions bestowed upon faculty members recognized by their peers as having distinguished and renowned records of research or other scholarly or creative activity.

Canada 150 Research Chair

The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program seeks to enhance Canada's reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence, in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. It provides Canadian institutions with a one-time investment to attract top-tier, internationally-based scholars and researchers to Canada. The U of L is home to 1 of 24 awards.



Borries Demeler

C150 Chair in Biophysics
Works in the field of hydrodynamics, specifically focused on software and hardware developments in analytical ultracentrifugation and computational biophysics.

Canada Research Chairs (CRC)

Established by the Government of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) program strives to make Canada one of the world’s top countries in research and development. There are two types of Canada Research Chairs:

  • Tier 1 Chairs are earmarked for outstanding researchers acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields.
  • Tier 2 Chairs are earmarked for emerging scholars that have the potential to lead in their field.
Kristine Alexander

Kristine Alexander

Tier 2 CRC in Child and Youth Studies
Investigates how children and adolescents in Canada and beyond understood and were affected by imperialism, globalization, and the First World War.

Louise Barrett

Tier 1 CRC in Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour
Studies social processes and behaviour of people and primates.

Matthew Bogard

Matthew Bogard

Tier 2 CRC in Aquatic Environments
Studies how elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycle through aquatic ecosystems.

Monique Giroux 2020

Monique Giroux

Tier 2 CRC in Indigenous Music, Culture, and Politics
Studies Métis music in all its aspects.

Andrew Iwaniuk

Tier 2 CRC in Comparative Neuroanatomy
Explores how brain and behaviour evolve in concert with one another.

Jackson Leween, Two Bears

Tier 2 CRC in Indigenous Arts Research and Technology
Explores the use of digital technologies to support the innovation, transmission, expression and transformation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit creative and cultural practices

Locke Spencer

Locke Spencer

Tier 2 CRC in Experimental Astrophysics
Develops instrumentation technology for experimental astrophysics in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum.

Trushar Patel

Trushar Patel

Tier 2 CRC in RNA & Protein Biophysics
Studies how host proteins and viral RNAs interact.

Steve Wiseman

Tier 2 CRC in Aquatic and Mechanistic Toxicology
Examines the complex relationships between water and ecological, political and social boundaries.

Julie Young

Tier 2 CRC in Critical Border Studies
Studies the impacts of Canada’s border control policies and practices on North American border communities.

Athan Zovoilis

Tier 2 CRC in RNA Bioinformatics
Combines translational research in medicine, in particular dementia and cancer, with RNA genomics.

Provincially-funded Chairs

Dr. Julia Brassolotto

Julia Brassolotto

Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Research New Investigator Award
Aids in understanding and promoting the health of people living in rural and remote Alberta.

Cheryl Currie

AIHS Translational Health Chair in Aboriginal Health and Well-being
Explores the social, economic, and cultural forces that shape public health in Canada with particular focus on Aboriginal health, addiction, psychiatry, community engagement, and healthy public policy.

Nehal Thakor

Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Synthetic Biology
Concentrates on the regulation of gene expression during the formation of cancer.

Endowed, Sponsored, or Honorific Chairs

Brenda Leung

Emmy Droog Chair in Complementary & Alternative Health
Explores the application of various CAHC therapies in the treatment of chronic disease, as well as approaches for integrative healthcare.

Majid Mohajerani

Kolb Professorship/Chair in Neuroscience
Explores synaptic plasticity and recovery function after stroke, synaptic and network mechanisms of sensory perception, and early activity and synaptic plasticity in the developing brain.

Dmytro Yevtushenko

Research Chair in Potato Science
Researches plant biotechnology and breeding, with a focus on crop improvement and food safety using modern techniques that involve molecular biology, plant tissue culture, and genetics.

Board of Governors Research Chairs

The Board of Governors Research Chair (BoGRC) program recognizes faculty who have demonstrated, or who have shown potential for, exceptional scholarly distinction. As accomplished scholars, BoGRCs are role models who play leadership roles in their field of expertise, stimulate growth in the research enterprise, and are dedicated to the training of the next generation of researchers, scholars, and artists.

Debra Basil

Tier I BoGRC in Marketing and Management
Examines social responsibility within marketing and management, with particular focus on the nexus of non-profit and for-profit organizations.

Darren Chistensen

Tier II BoGRC in Addictions
Explores learning and decision-making with a focus on deleterious behaviours (substance abuse, gambling etc.).

Paul Hayes

Tier I BoGRC in Organometallic Chemistry
Is a leader in the field of synthetic inorganic chemistry and homogeneous catalysis, especially with respect to the development of new catalysts that generate green materials, and those that provide insight into industrially relevant processes.

Chris Hopkinson

Tier I BoGRC in Terrestrial Ecosystems Remote Sensing
Places particular emphasis on lidar and radar sensor technologies, and water and forest resources inventory and change.

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Mary Kavanagh

Tier I BoGRC in Fine Arts
Is a visual artist whose interdisciplinary, creative practice intersects with the environmental humanities, post-atomic studies and feminist theory.

Igor Kovalchuk

Igor Kovalchuk

Tier I BoGRC
Studies genome stability of plants.

Olga Kovalchuk

Tier I BoGRC
Investigates the role of epigenetics in carcinogenesis and cancer treatment responses as well as the influence of epigenetics in radiation induced genome instability, DNA repair and carcinogenesis.

Richard Larouche

Tier II BoGRC in Children's Physical Activity
Investigates the determinants of physical activity among children and youth in an effort to inform the development of more effective interventions to address the global physical inactivity crisis.

Robert LeBlanc

Tier II BoGRC in Literacy Studies
Explores classroom interaction in contexts and across identities of racial, ethnic, and linguistic difference

Fangfang Li

Tier II BoGRC in Child Language Acquisition
Focuses on first and second language acquisition, children’s speech and motor control development, and examining human speech using instruments such as the acoustic method and ultrasound imaging techniques.

Jenny McCune

Jenny McCune

Tier II BoGRC in Plant Conservation
Studies the ecology of rare plants and develops new techniques to conserve them.

Kevin McGeough

Tier I BoGRC in Archaeological Theory and Reception
Specializes in the archaeology, history, and languages of the ancient Near East and the reception of the ancient Near East in contemporary culture.

Gerlinde Metz

Tier I BoGRC
Explores the influence of experience and environment on behaviour and brain plasticity.

David Naylor

David Naylor

Tier I BoGRC
Is recognized as a world leader in the development of novel instrumentation to explore the universe at far-infrared wavelengths.

Sergio Pellis

Sergio Pellis

Tier I BoGRC
Studies play to examine the relationship between brain and behaviour during development.

Katharina Stevens

Tier II BoGRC in Ethics of Argumentation
Explores how we can solve our disagreements through arguments in a morally good way.

Robert Sutherland

Tier I BoGRC
Explores the role of the hippocampus in memory and related cognitive processes.

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Aaron Taylor

Tier II BoGRC in Film and New Media Studies
Specializes in cinema studies.

Paul Vasey

Paul Vasey

Tier I BoGRC
Conducts cross-species and cross-cultural research to answer the question: if reproduction is the engine that drives evolution, why engage in non-contraceptive sex?

Stacey Wetmore

Stacey Wetmore

Tier I BoGRC in Computational Chemistry
Uses computer calculations to study DNA damage and repair mechanisms, and the properties of modified DNA components.