Canada Research Chairs

The Faculty of Science at Carleton is home to six Canada Research Chairs with appointments in Biology, Environmental Science, Physics, Computer Science, and Neuroscience - a testament to the depth of talent across the Faculty.  

About Canada Research Chairs

The Canada Research Chairs Program (CRCP) stands at the centre of a national strategy to make Canada one of the world's top countries in research and development. In 2000, the Government of Canada created a permanent program to establish 2,000 research professorships—Canada Research Chairs—in eligible degree-granting institutions across the country. The CRCP invests approximately $265 million per year to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds.

Chairholders aim to achieve research excellence in engineering and the natural sciences, health sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They improve our depth of knowledge and quality of life, strengthen Canada's international competitiveness, and help train the next generation of highly skilled people through student supervision, teaching, and the coordination of other researchers' work. - Retrieved from


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Sonia Chiasson

Canada Research Chair in Human Oriented Computer Security

“Our research is about how strong privacy and Internet security involves more than technology. As researchers, we also need to design systems to ensure Canadians are alert and wellinformed digital citizens.” 

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Steven Cooke

Canada Research Chair in Fish Ecology and Conservation Physiology

“Our research program is dedicated to the issue of release mortality and sub-lethal effects of fisheries interactions in relation to recreational, commercial and Aboriginal fisheries. Our goal is to provide leadership and innovative and applied science on the impacts of fisheries in Canada.”

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Yuhong Guo

Canada Research Chair in Machine Learning

“My aim is to develop automatic data analysis and to reduce our dependence on human input.”

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Natalina Salmaso

Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Neurobiology

“Results from these studies will further help us to understand the relationship between environmental events during development, vulnerability to anxiety disorders and the potential for treatment. Much more work is needed but we want to find answers that will be beneficial to the mental health profession in years to come.”

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Ken Storey

Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology

“Our research on the biochemistry of freezing survival by frogs and turtles – and their applications to cryomedicine – is unique in the world. We have come to understand how organisms can freeze and thaw without injury.” 

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Rowan Thomson

Canada Research Chair in Radiotherapy Physics

“Our research is yielding greater insights into existing cancer treatment and will lead to development of new techniques in the battle against cancer.”

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Paul Van Oorschot

Canada Research Chair in Internet Authentication and Computer Security

“We need to look at authentication mechanisms that are robust and user friendly on both mobile devices and desktop computers. One option involves Internet geo-location technologies as a supplement to password authentication.”

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