Chairs & Scholars

canada research chairs

The federally-funded Canada Research Chair program, launched in 2000, provides support in building Canada’s research capacity. The Canada Research Chairs program invests approximately $265 million per year toward research in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities and social sciences.

UBC’s Okanagan campus currently has five Tier 2 Canada Research Chairs with the most recent recipient appointed in 2019. Tier 2 Chairs are awarded to exceptional emerging researchers, acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their field.


 

Canada Research Chair in Advanced Materials and Polymer Engineering (Tier 2 – NSERC)

MOHAMMAD ARJMAND

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Canada Research Chair in Okanagan Indigenous Knowledge and Philosophy (Tier 2 – SSHRC)

Jeannette Armstrong

Professor, Indigenous Studies


Canada Research Chair in Applied Health Economics (Tier 2 – CIHR)

JENNIFER DAVIS

Assistant Professor, Management


Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology (Tier 2 – NSERC)

Adam Ford

Assistant Professor, Biology


Canada Research Chair in Single-Molecule Mechanobiology (Tier 2 – NSERC)

ISAAC LI

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Canada Research Chair in Ecofeminist Philosophy and Cultural Studies (Tier 2 – SSHRC)

ASTRIDA NEIMANIS

Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies, Gender and Women’s Studies


 

Principal’s Research Chairs

The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program provides internal funding support for top-tier researchers engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship.

The requirements of the PRC program are aligned with the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) program criteria and recipients of the award are appointed to a renewable five-year term.

UBC Okanagan has made nine appointments, since the program launch in April 2020.


Cerebrovascular Physiology in Health, Exercise and Disease (Tier 1)

Phil Ainslie

Professor, Health and Exercise Sciences


Resilient and Green Infrastructure (Tier 1)

SHAHRIA ALAM

Professor, Civil Engineering


Indigenous Reconciliation in Engineering (Tier 1)

IAN FOULDS

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering


Palliative and End-of-Life Care (Tier 1)

Barbara Pesut

Professor, Nursing


Manufacturing Engineering (Tier 2)

Ahmad Al-Dabbagh

Assistant Professor, Manufacturing Engineering


Blockchain-empowered Digital Technology (Tier 2)

Chen Feng

Assistant Professor, Electrical Engineering


Social Innovation for Health Equity and Food Security (Tier 2)

ERIC LI

Associate Professor, Management


Energy Storage Technology (Tier 2)

JIAN LIU

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering


Digital Arts and Humanities (Tier 2)

Karis Shearer

Associate Professor, English and Cultural Studies


 

ENDOWED & industrial Chairs

NSERC Senior Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Advanced Resource Recovery From Wastewater (2020)

Cigdem Eskicioglu

Professor, Civil Engineering


Fortis BC Smart Energy Chair (2019)

kasun hewage

Professor, Civil Engineering; Associate Director, UBC Clean Energy Research Centre


NSERC/Egg Farmers of Canada Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Sustainability (2018)

Nathan Pelletier

Assistant Professor, Biology, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science & Faculty of Management; Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management


Endowed Research Chairs in Watershed Management (Forest Renewal BC – FRBC)

Adam Wei

Professor, Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

David Scott

Associate Professor, Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences


Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) BC Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability

John Janmaat

Associate Professor, Economics, Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences


 

michael smith foundation for health research (MSFHR) SCHOLARS

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar Program supports early-career health researchers who are building leading-edge health research programs, training the next generation of scientists, and expanding their potential to make significant contributions to their field.

The Scholar Program is one of MSFHR’s flagship funding opportunities. Since 2001, MSFHR has granted more than 370 Scholar awards worth more than $134 million, helping to develop, attract and retain BC’s best and brightest health researchers and support the advancement of world-class health research in BC.

Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2021)

SANA SHAHRAM | Assistant Professor, Nursing

Systems transformation for health equity: The PHAIRNESS Research Program


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2021)

SARAH DOW-FLEISNERAssistant Professor, Social Work

The ADAPT Project: Adaptation, Development, and Positive Trajectories in the context of childhood adversity


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2020)

Jennifer Davis

Assistant Professor, Management (Health Economics)


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2020)

Isaac Li

Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2020)

Katrina Plamondon

Assistant Professor, Nursing


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2019)

Shelly Ben-David

Assistant Professor, Social Work


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2018)

Brodie Sakakibara

Assistant Professor, Southern Medical Program; Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2017)

Heather Gainforth

Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2017)

Jonathan Little

Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2017)

Glen Foster

Assistant Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2014)

Sanjoy Ghosh

Assistant Professor, Biology and Physical Geography


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2014)

Mary Jung

Associate Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences


Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Scholar (2011)

Neil Eves

Associate Professor, School of Health and Exercise Sciences