Nineteen UBC Researchers Announced as Canada Research Chairs

November 16, 2022

The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry announced an investment of more than $139 million to support 176 new and renewed Canada Research Chairs across 46 institutions in Canada.

Nineteen UBC researchers were announced as new and renewed Canada Research Chairs in the latest round of appointments, representing an investment of $19.3 million through the Canada Research Chairs program. 

The Canada Research Chairs Program enables Canadian universities to achieve the highest levels of research excellence and become world-class research centres. Chairholders 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.

NEW CHAIRS at UBC
  • Amy Angert (Botany) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Evolutionary Ecology
  • Billy-Ray Belcourt (School of Creative Writing) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Queer Indigenous Cultural Production
  • Emily Jenkins (School of Nursing) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Socioecological Approaches to Mental Health and Substance Use
  • Aly Karsan (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) Tier1  Canada Research Chair in Blood Cancers
  • Mary Clare Kennedy (Social Work - UBCO) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Substance Use Policy and Practice
  • Jayachandran Kizhakkedathu (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Immunomodulation Materials and Immunotherapy
  • Sara Knox (Geography) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Eco-Meteorology
  • Xin Li (Botany) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Plant Immunity
  • Teresa Liu-Ambrose (Physical Therapy) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Health and Mobility in Aging
  • Renisa Mawani (Sociology) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Colonial Legal Histories
  • Jessica McAlpine (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Stratification of Gynecologic Cancers
  • Jessica Rosin (Dentistry) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Immune Regulation of Developmental Programs
  • Sheila Teves (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Transcriptional Memory and Plasticity in Stem Cells
  • Helena Wu (Asian Studies) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Hong Kong Studies
  • Paul Yong (Obstetrics & Gynaecology)Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Endometriosis and Pelvic Pain
RENEWED CHAIRS at UBC
  • Sam Aparicio (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Molecular Oncology and Therapeutics
  • Mary De Vera (Pharmaceutical Sciences) Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Health Outcomes and Treatment Adherence
  • Janice Eng (Physical Therapy) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Neurological Rehabilitation 
  • Guofang Li (Language & Literacy Education) Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transnational/Global Perspectives of Language and Literacy Education of Children and Youth

VIEW THE CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS ANNOUNCEMENT


CANADA FOUNDATION FOR INNOVATION (CFI) AWARDS FUNDING TO NEWLY APPOINTED UBC CANADA RESEARCH CHAIRS

The CFI is awarding funding through its John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF), in partnership with the Canada Research Chairs (CRC) Program. The JELF funding allows universities to recruit and retain exceptional researchers by investing in the cutting-edge research infrastructure they need. CFI announced an investment of more than $6 million to 29 Canada Research Chairs at 22 universities across the country. The total includes $1.4 million under the CFI’s Infrastructure Operating Fund to help institutions with the incremental operating and maintenance costs associated with the new infrastructure.

Combined JELF Funding of over $0.5 million was awarded to three new UBC Canada Research Chairs: Drs. Jessica McAlpine, Jessica Rosin and Paul Yong. 

CFI Announcement


This funding is part of an investment made by the Government of Canada of more than $1 billion in funding to support scientists, researchers and students that Minister Champagne announced today at the Canadian Science Policy Conference: Government of Canada announces major investments to support scientists, researchers and students.