Office of the Vice-President (Research)

Leadership Team

Walter Dixon, Interim Vice-President (Research)

Dr. Walter Dixon leads the University's large and complex research and innovation portfolio. He and his team support and advance UAlberta's research ecosystem, working across the University's portfolios and faculties, and with external partners and stakeholders. He and his team provide leadership, guidance and research support services, as well as developing and facilitating major research initiatives and partnerships.

He was appointed Interim Vice-President (Research) on July 1, 2017. He served as Associate Vice-President (Research) for the previous three years.

A professor of biochemistry and molecular biology, Walter is a graduate of the University of Alberta and the University of Cambridge. His research focus is livestock reproductive performance and the impact of nutrition during gestation on embryo/fetal development, lifetime growth potential and animal health parameters.

Email: walter.dixon@ualberta.ca | Phone: 780-492-5353 


Declan Ali, Acting Associate Vice-President (Research)

Declan works with the University's Natural Science and Engineering faculties to expand research opportunities, increase research funding, and promote research diversity and excellence. He liaises with funding agencies and government, and helps foster and build research collaborations. He also oversees the University's Post Doctoral Office, Academic Visitor's Office and Research Ethics Office. 

A progessor of Biology and Physiology, Declan specializes in developmental neurobiology. He studies the nervous system, how its cells develop and organize into functional units, and how these units and overall system produces behavior.

Email: dali@ualberta.ca | Phone: 780-492-3579 


Randy Goebel, Associate Vice-President (Research) and Associate Vice-President (Academic)

Randy Goebel is a member of the senior leadership team in both the Research and Provost/VP Academic portfolios. Among his responsibilities is the University's centres and institutes, 82 distributed across all faculties, and the new bi-lateral agreement on research collaboration with the National Research Council. He co-leads the development of the University precision health strategy (with Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry), for the Medical Istotope Cyclotron Facility working group, and other emerging internal and external research collaborations. 

A professor of Computing Science, Randy is also a principal investigator with the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute.

Email: goebel@ualberta.ca | Phone: 780-492-2280 


Susan Hamilton, Associate Vice-President (Research)

Susan works with Associate Deans Research across ten Social Sciences and Humanities faculties to expand research opportunities, increase research funding, and promote research diversity and excellence. She also includes liaises with funding agencies and government, helping build provincial, national and international research collaborations and building/supporting research and community partnerships. 

A professor of English and Film Studies, Susan's research includes nineteenth century media, Victorian animal welfare and rights cultural discourse, 19th and early 20th century press and feminism.

Email: susan.hamilton@ualberta.ca | Phone: 780-492-5320 


Larry Kostiuk

Larry Kostiuk, Associate Vice-President (Research)

Larry's role includes two key institutional research areas, energy and water, and international activities with China, India, Germany, and Mexico, and is a liaison with Metis associations. Larry also oversees UAlberta's Future Energy Systems, a Canada First Research Excellence Fund initiative, focused on developing new energy technologies and exploring the integration of these technologies into existing energy infrastructure, and examining the related social, environmental, and economic impacts.

A mechanical engineering professor, Larry specializes in chemical reacting flows, combustion (flaring, premixed flame dynamics, and pool fires), pollutant formation and control, thermodynamics, micro- and nano- fluidics and energy conversion systems.

Email: larry.kostiuk@ualberta.ca | Phone: 780-492-4965