Research Chairs

A Research Chair is a prestigious appointment used to attract and retain world-class scholars in a variety of disciplines. The research chairs are established with financial support from individuals, foundations, industry, government agencies or the University of Lethbridge, which provide targeted support in defined research areas.   

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. 

Carly Adams, Tier II BoGRC, is a social and cultural historian whose research contributes to the body of literature that explores the place of sport, recreation, and leisure within the social and cultural context of Canada.

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 View UniWeb profile

Darren Christensen ,Tier II BoGRC in Addictions, explores learning and decision-making with a focus on deleterious behaviours (substance abuse, gambling etc.). View Uniweb profile

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. View UniWeb profile

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.  View UniWeb profile

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. View UniWeb profile

Igor Kovalchuk, Tier I BoGRC , studies genome stability of plants. View UniWeb profile

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. View UniWeb profile

Richard Larouche, Tier II BoGRC in Children's Physcial 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.  View UniWeb profile

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. View UniWeb profile

Jenny McCune, Tier II BoGRC in Plant Conservation, studies the ecology of rare plants and develops new techniques to conserve them. View UniWeb profile

Robert McDonald, Tier I BoGRC, seeks to understand the organization of memory in the mammalian brain. View Uniweb profile

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. View UniWeb Profile

Gerlinde Metz, Tier I BoGRC, explores the influence of experience and environment on behaviour and brain plasticity. View UniWeb Profile

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. View UniWeb profile

Sergio Pellis, Tier I BoGRC, studies play to examine the relationship between brain and behaviour during development. View UniWeb profile

Robert Sutherland, Tier I BoGRC, explores the role of the hippocampus in memory and related cognitive processes. View UniWeb profile

Aaron Taylor, Tier II BoGRC in Film and New Media Studies, specializes in cinema studies.  View UniWeb profile

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?  View UniWeb profile

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. View UniWeb profile

Hans-Joachim Wieden, Tier I BoGRC in Biomolecular Design and Function, explores the rational design of biological nano-machines. View UniWeb profile

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. View UniWeb profile

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 and Tier 2. 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, 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. View UniWeb profile

Louise Barrett, Tier 1 CRC in Cognition, Evolution and Behaviour ,studies social processes and behaviour of people and primates. View UniWeb profile

Matthew Bogard (Faculty of Arts & Science), Tier 2 CRC in Aquatic Environments, studies how elements like carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus cycle through aquatic ecosystems. View UniWeb profile

Monique Giroux (Fine Arts), Tier 2 CRC in Indigenous Music, Culture, and Politics, studies Métis music in all its aspects. View UniWeb profile

Andrew Iwaniuk, Tier 2 CRC in Comparative Neuroanatomy explores how brain and behaviour evolve in concert with one another. View UniWeb profile

Locke Spencer, Tier 2 CRC in Experimental Astrophysics develops instrumentation technology for experimental astrophysics in the far-infrared region of the electromagnetic spectrum. View UniWeb profile

Trushar Patel (Faculty of Arts & Science), Tier 2 CRC in RNA & Protein Biophysics, studies how host proteins and viral RNAs interact. View UniWeb profile

Steve Wiseman, Tier 2 CRC in Aquatic and Mechanistic Toxicology examines the complex relationships between water and ecological, political and social boundaries. View UniWeb profile

Julie Young (Faculty of Arts & Science), Tier 2 CRC in Critical Border Studies, studies the impacts of Canada’s border control policies and practices on North American border communities. View UniWeb profile

Athan Zovoilis (Faculty of Arts & Science), Tier 2 CRC in RNA Bioinformatics, combines translational research in medicine, in particular dementia and cancer, with RNA genomics.  View UniWeb profile

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 View UniWeb profile

Vacant, (Faculty of Arts & Science), Prentice Research Chair in Global Population and Economy

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. View UniWeb profile

Dmytro Yuvteshenko, Research Chair in Potato Science, researches plant biotechnology and breeding, with focus on crop improvement and food safety using modern techniques that involve molecular biology, plant tissue culture, and genetics View UniWeb profile

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. View Uniweb profile

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. View Uniweb profile

Nehal Thakor, Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Synthetic Biology, concentrates on the regulation of gene expression during the formation of cancer.  View UniWeb profile