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Research and Innovation

Our Researchers

At Ryerson, researchers combine excellence and relevance to advance prosperity and quality of life in Canada. Our Canada Research Chairs are also impacting their fields in areas from literature, to nursing, to aerospace, to digital media.

Innovation is at the core of our research mandate, and the success of our approach is reflected in our strong record of research growth.


Ryerson offers its partners access to world-class expertise and facilities.


Canada Research Chairs

Ebrahim Bagheri (Tier II, Software and Semantic Computing)

Ebrahim Bagheri is equipping software engineers and data scientists with cutting edge tools and techniques. He works to address the pressing challenge of developing data analytics software methodologies and platforms that can help us better understand the value and meaning of large amounts of data, which has been made available through user-generated content and scientific and industrial entities.


Roberto Botelho (Tier II, Biomedical Science and Technologies)

Roberto Botelho is a leading researcher on organelles, the 'organ' of the cell. The Botelho Lab for Organelle Identity and Function explores how cells establish, maintain and change organelles, and how this process can affect the human body’s ability to combat disease. His research aims to better understand organelle identity processes and consequently create knowledge for improved therapies.


Irene Gammel (Tier I, Modern Literature and Culture)

Irene Gammel is one of Canada’s leaders in literary and cultural research, specializing in the modernist era (1880-1940). She focuses on preserving and advancing women’s cultural legacies while promoting Canadian heritage on the international scene. Currently, she is working on a novel critique of Mary Riter, Canada’s most underexplored yet accomplished female war artist.


Anatoliy Gruzd (Tier II, Social Media Data Stewardship)

To answer questions about why and how data consumers use social media data, Anatoliy Gruzd is examining the practices behind and attitudes toward the collection, storage, analysis, reuse, publishing and preservation of this data. He is exploring the perspectives of social media users who produce data, as well as those of the researchers and organizations that collect and analyze the data.


Sridhar Krishnan (Tier II, Biomedical Signal Analysis)

Sridhar Krishnan is one of Canada’s leaders in biomedical research, pioneering new ways to diagnose a variety of illnesses, enhancing the accuracy of traditional means of diagnosis, and supporting less invasive and lower cost procedures. He explores physiological health signals such as sound patterns, which have the potential to identify knee disorders without invasive surgery and diagnose throat cancer through the sound of a patient’s voice.


Guangjun Liu (Tier II, Control Systems and Robotics)

Guangjun Liu makes robotic devices that constantly exceed human expectations: his robots are expandable, capable of lifting heavy payloads, and able to tolerate component faults. He is one of Canada’s leaders in aerospace and robotics research, specializing in the design of control systems that reduce costs and increase the reliability of aircraft systems and that allow robots to work efficiently and safely in unstructured environments.


Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek (Tier II, Digital Media and Innovation)

Ali Mazalek’s work explores emerging modalities in new media. She works at the forefront of trends in computing and interaction design that support a tighter integration of the physical and digital worlds. Mazalek designs and develops tangible and embodied interaction systems that enable humans to be more creative across both science and art disciplines. Her Synaesthetic Media Lab is a playground where physical materials, analog sensors and digital media happily co-exist and come together in novel ways to support creativity and expression.



Catherine Middleton (Tier II, Communication Technologies in the Information Society)

Catherine Middleton’s research demonstrates how technologies can be adopted in ways that encourage productivity without disrupting people's personal lives. She is one of Canada’s leaders in information technology, specializing in how Canadians use the Internet and mobile communication technology and why so many are still not online.


Marcello Papini (Tier II, Abrasive Jet Technology)

By advancing the use of abrasive jet technology, Marcello Papini is overcoming oil and gas pipeline erosion, making micro-technology components less expensive, and helping deliver drugs through the skin without the risks of hypodermic needles. He is one of Canada’s leaders in abrasive jet technology, developing microscopic nozzles capable of blasting tiny streams of abrasives for delicate etching, shaping and carving tasks with applications in medical devices.


Anton de Ruiter (Tier II, Spacecraft Dynamics and Control)

Anton de Ruiter’s research addresses important spacecraft dynamics and control challenges that are needed to enable future space exploration missions. Overcoming these challenges will allow us to take the next steps in space exploration, including the development of a Deep Space Habitat in the lunar vicinity, the further exploration of asteroids, and an eventual human mission to Mars.


Souraya Sidani (Tier I, Design and Evaluation of Health Interventions)

Souraya Sidani develops healthcare strategies to ensure that patients' perception of what is acceptable in healthcare is incorporated into their overall treatment plan. She is one of Canada’s leaders in health and well-being research, specializing in the development of best practices for healthcare providers who are able to adapt her strategies and methods to provide treatment options that are consistent with patients’ preferences.


Julia Spaniol (Tier II, Cognitive Aging)

Julia Spaniol’s research explores the impact of aging on both contextual decisions, such as the timing of an event, and on decision-making generally. As these thought processes decrease when people get older, motivational and emotional capacities tend to stabilize or improve with age. Spaniol investigates how motivation and reward can affect cognition throughout a lifespan and how maximizing the cognitive strengths of older adults could help to counterbalance cognitive deficits.


Victor Yang (Tier II, Bioengineering and Biophotonics)

Using an optical fibre less than one hundredth of an inch across, Victor Yang can image the blood flow in capillaries newly created by cancer cells or watch the movement of one single red blood cell at a time. He is one of Canada’s leaders in biomedical engineering, applying telecommunication technology such as optical fibres and lasers to develop new techniques for imaging normal and cancerous tissues.