34 U of T researchers awarded Canada Research Chairs

Thirty-four University of Toronto researchers have been awarded new or renewed Canada Research Chairs in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to health and history.

Many Canada Research Chairs work on topics related to complex global challenges – advancing knowledge that will help accelerate the transition to clean energy, for example, create more equitable societies or develop new treatments for cancer and other debilitating diseases.

François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, announced the Chairs at the Canadian Science Policy Conference on November 16, along with funding for a range of programs and projects across the country – including the Containment Level 3 lab at U of T’s Temerty School of Medicine that allows researchers to study certain high-risk pathogens.

Among the 18 new chairs at U of T is Caroline Hossein, Associate Professor of Global Development Studies at the University of Toronto at Scarborough. Appointed a Tier 2 Chair in Africana Development and Feminist Political Economy, Hossein studies “solidarity economies,” a movement that emphasizes social benefits rather than financial gains. She is writing a book on “Rotating Credit Unions” in Canada. These are small groups of immigrants, usually from Africa and the Caribbean, who often do not have access to bank capital and band together to help each other financially.

Scott GrayOwen, a U of T professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, has been named a new Tier 1 Chair in Infectious Immunopathogenesis. His research aims to understand how pathogens such as bacteria and viruses infect their hosts and evade the immune response. In 2021, Gray-Owen was named the inaugural director of a new, forward-looking initiative at the U of T called the Emerging and Pandemic Infections Consortium (EPIC), which seeks to combat new infectious diseases and prevent the rise future pandemics. In this role, he also oversees the University of Toronto’s Combined Level 3 Containment Unit, a biosafety facility at Temerty School of Medicine that allows researchers to conduct research on certain pathogens.

How cities affect our health is the research interest of Marianne Hatzopoulou, professor in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering. She was named a new Tier 1 Chair in Transportation Decarbonization and Air Quality. Hatzopoulou creates models of road transport emissions and assesses how this air pollution affects the local population. Not too long ago, she participated in a study that used low-cost sensors to measure carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, coarse particles and other pollutants at nearly 70 sites in Beirut. , identifying air pollution hotspots where people were most at risk. She also looked at the effects of natural gas fracking in the northeast region of British Columbia. Another study looked at the potential improvement in air quality resulting from the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Among the U of T professors whose Canada Research Chairs have been renewed is Jean-Philippe Julien, Principal Investigator of the Molecular Research Program at SickKids Research Institute and Associate Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Temerty School of Medicine. Julien has also received support from the John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF) of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, which helps provide the research infrastructure associated with the Canada Research Chairs program, for his project “Molecular Biological Systems for the Study of Antibody-Antigen Complexes”. ” Named in honor of the late President Emeritus of the University of Toronto John R. Evansthe fund helps institutions recruit and retain outstanding researchers and equip them with the tools and technology needed to do their work.

(See the complete list of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at the U of T)

“I would like to congratulate all of the researchers at the University of Toronto who have been named new Canada Research Chairs or whose chairs have been renewed during this last round,” said Lea CowenVice President, Research and Innovation, and Strategic Initiatives at the University of Toronto.

“The Canada Research Chairs program provides essential support to researchers at our three campuses who generate new knowledge, develop key innovations and help solve some of the world’s most complex challenges.

Created in 2000, the Canada Research Chairs program invests up to $310 million per year to attract and retain top academics in disciplines spanning engineering, natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and the social sciences.


Here is the full list of new and renewed Canada Research Chairs at the U of T:

New Canada Research Chairs

Aimy Bazilak in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Level 1 in Clean Energy.

Denise Belham at the Department of Physiology, Temerty Medical School, Level 1 in Neuroendocrinology.

Maged Goubran at Sunnybrook Health Science Center and Temerty Medical School Department of Medical Biophysics, Level 2 in Artificial Intelligence and Computational Neuroscience.

Scott GrayOwen in the Department of Molecular Genetics at Temerty Medical School, Level 1 in Infectious Immunopathogenesis.

Robin Hayems at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Level 2 in Genomics and Health Policy.

Marianne Hatzopoulou in the Civil and Mining Engineering Department of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering, Level 1 in Transport Decarbonization and Air Quality.

Caroline Hossein in the Department of Global Development Studies at U of T Scarborough, Level 2 in African Development and Feminist Political Economy.

muhammad hussein at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and the Department of Psychiatry at Temerty Medical School, Level 2 in Therapeutic Innovation for Mood Disorders.

Courtney Jones at University Health Network and Department of Medical Biophysics at Temerty Medical School Level 2 in Leukemic Stem Cell Metabolism.

Andrea Chevalier at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Temerty Medical School Department of Pediatrics, Level 2 in Childhood Mental Health and Chronic Diseases.

Sushant Kumar at the University Health Network and the Department of Medical Biophysics at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Level 2 in Genomic Medicine.

J. Rafael Montenegro Burke at the Donnelly Center at the Temerty School of Medicine, level 2 in functional metabolomics and lipidomics.

Deborah O’Connor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences, Temerty Medical School, Level 1 in Breastmilk and Infant Nutrition.

Vijay Ramaswamy at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Pediatrics, Temerty Medical School, Level 2 in Pediatric Neuro-Oncology.

Gregory Schwartz at the University Health Network and the Department of Medical Biophysics of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Level 2 in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.

Jay Shaw in the physical therapy department of the medical school of Temerty, level 2 in responsible innovation in health.

Anastasia Tikhonova at the University Health Network and the Department of Medical Biophysics at Temerty Medical School, Level 2 in Niche Stem Cell Biology.

Burton Yang at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Center and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at Temerty School of Medicine, Level 1 in Cardiac Remodeling.

Darren Yuen at Unity Health Toronto and the Department of Medicine at Temerty Medical School, Level 2 in Fibrotic Lesions.

Renewed Canada Research Chairs

John Calarco in the Department of Cellular and Systems Biology of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Level 2 in Neuronal RNA Biology.

Myron Cybulski at the University Health Network and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at Temerty Medical School, Level 1 in Arterial Wall Biology and Atherogenesis.

David Duvenaud in the computer science department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, level 2 in generative models.

Julie Forman Kay at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Biochemistry, Temerty Medical School, Level 1 in Intrinsically Disordered Proteins.

Bryan Gaensler in the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Level 1 in Radio Astronomy.

Alec Jacobson in the computer science department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, level 2 in treatment of geometry.

Jean-Philippe Julien at the Hospital for Sick Children and the Department of Biochemistry at Temerty Medical School, Level 2 in Structural Immunology.

Kang Lee in the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Level 1 in Moral Development and Developmental Neuroscience.

David Levin in the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Arts and Science, Level 2 in Simulation-Based Graphics and Manufacturing.

Jed Meltzer at Baycrest Hospital and Department of Psychology in the Faculty of Arts and Science, Level 2 in Interventional Cognitive Neuroscience.

Sean Mills in the History Department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Level 2 in Canadian and Transnational History.

Kimberly Pernell Gallagher in the sociology department of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, level 2 in economic sociology.

Arun Ramchandran in the Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering, level 2 in flexible materials and interfaces.

Andras Tilcsik at the Rotman School of Management, Level 2 in Strategy, Organizations and Society.

Haley Wyatt in the biochemistry department of the medical school of Temerty, level 2 in mechanisms of instability of the genome.