Research Chairs

Research Chairs are the lifeblood of the Faculty of Science's robust research program. Research Chairs and Professorships allow us to recruit and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. These positions allow us to recognize outstanding researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as current or emerging world leaders in their fields.



Canada Research Chairs

The Faculty of Science holds 26 of the 110 Canada Research Chairs allocated to the University of Alberta.

Established by the Government of Canada, the Canada Research Chairs program enables Canadian Universities and their affiliated research institutes and hospitals to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and to become world-class centres of research.

The program aims to attract and retain excellent researchers in Canadian Universities, to strengthen the training of highly qualified personnel through research, to improve the capacity of universities to generate and apply new knowledge and to optimize the use of research resources through strategic institutional planning and collaboration.

There are two types of Canada Research Chair: Tier 1 Chairs are for seven years and are targeted at outstanding researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as world leaders in their fields; Tier 2 Chairs are for five years and are targeted at exceptional emerging researchers who are acknowledged by their peers as having the potential to lead in their fields. Both types of chair may be renewed at the discretion of the Faculty and the University; Tier 2 Chairs may be renewed only once.

Tier 1

Aksel Hallin
Astroparticle Physics
July 2007 - June 2021
Dennis Hall
Boron Chemistry for Green Catalysis and Drug Discovery
Oct 2015 - Sept 2022
Fred Colbourne
Intracerebral Hemorrhagic Stroke
Oct 2013 - Sept 2020
Jillian Buriak
Nanomaterials for Energy
Oct 2008 - Sept 2022
Liang Li
Analytical Chemistry
Oct 2005 - Sept 2019
Mark Freeman
Condensed Matter Physics
July 2001 - June 2022
Mark Lewis
Mathematical Biology
July 2001 - June 2022
Philip Currie
Dinosaur Paleobiology
Oct 2005 - Sept 2019
Robert Creaser
Isotope Geochemistry
Dec 2009 - Nov 2023
Thomas Stachel
Diamond Geology
Apr 2012 - Mar 2024
Yunjie Xu
Chirality and Chiral Recognition
July 2011 - April 2023

Tier 2

David Favero
Derived Categories
Apr 2014 - Mar 2024
Duane Froese
Northern Environmental Change
Nov 2010 - Oct 2020
Joseph Maciejko
Condensed Matter Theory
July 2014 - June 2024
Kim Mathot
Integrative Ecology
October 2017 - September 2022
Lindsay Leblanc
Ultracold Gases for Quantum Simulation
Apr 2014 - Sept 2024
Matthew Macauley
Chemical Glycoimmunology
2018 - Sept 2023
Natalia Ivanova
Astronomy and Astrophysics
Dec 2009 - Mar 2020
Sarah Nadi
Software Reuse
October 2017 - September 2022
Sarah Styler
Atmospheric Chemistry
2019 - March 2024
Sasha Wilson
Biogeochemistry of Sustainable Mineral Resources
2018 - September 2023
Toby Spribille
Symbiosis
2018 - September 2023
Zachary Friggstad
Combinatorial Optimization
Oct 2014 - Sept 2019

Partner/Donor Supported Chairs and Professorships

Supporting a research position creates impact in both research and in teaching.

Corwin Sullivan - Biological Sciences
Philip J. Currie Professorship in Vertebrate Paleontology
Daniel Alessi - Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Encana Chair in Water Resources
Manish Patnaik - Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
M.V. Subbarao Professor of Number Theory
Mark Boyce - Biological Sciences
Alberta Conservation Association Chair in Fisheries and Wildlife
Pierre Boulanger - Computing Science
Cisco Research Chair in Healthcare Solutions
July 2012 - Dec 2021
Valeri Frolov - Physics
Killam Memorial Chair
Yingfei Yi - Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Killam Memorial Chair

Other Chairs and Professorships

Jens Walter - Biological Sciences/Agriculture/Forestry
Chair in Nutrition, Microbes and Gastrointestinal Health
March 1, 2014 - Present
Martin Mueller - Computing Science
DeepMind Chair in Artificial Intelligence
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2024
Maya Bhatia - Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Campus Alberta Innovation Program (CAIP) Chair in Watershed Science
Oct. 1, 2017 - Sept. 30, 2024
Monireh Faramarzi - Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Watershed Science and Modelling
July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2021
Nikita Karpenko - Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Centennial Professor
Suzanne Tank - Biological Sciences
Campus Alberta Innovates Program (CAIP) Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health
July 2014 - June 2021
Vakhtang Putkaradze - Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Centennial Professor
Yaozhong Hu - Mathematical and Statistical Sciences
Centennial Professor

Canada Excellence Research Chairs

Graham Pearson, CERC Laureate

Chair in Arctic Resources - Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
2010 - 2017

Lara Mahal

Chair in Glycomics - Department of Chemistry
July 1, 2019 - June 30, 2026
CERC Award website