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Dr. Stephanie Melles, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Biology and Dr. Claire Oswald, PhD, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Collaborating for cleaner water

Dr. Stephanie Melles and Dr. Claire Oswald are using complementary research approaches to assess and improve the health of urban water systems across the Greater Toronto Area.

Dr. Nick Bellissimo, PhD, School of Nutrition, Director, NExT Lab and Dr. Dérick Rousseau, PhD, Department of Chemistry and Biology, Creator, Food Research Lab.

Collaborative research aims to reduce obesity

Dr. Nick Bellissimo and Dr. Dérick Rousseau are researching how to create food that will prolong the feeling of fullness and prevent weight gain.


Dr. Ayşe Bener, PhD, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Director, Data Science Lab.

Transforming big data into business solutions

Dr. Ayşe Bener is developing big data applications that analyze complex structures and allow large organizations to make more informed business decisions.

Dr. Bala Venkatesh, PEng, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Academic Director, Centre for Urban Energy.

Finding sustainable solutions to urban energy challenges

Dr. Bala Venkatesh is paving the way towards a sustainable future by developing electric power systems that provide clean and renewable sources of energy.

Ryerson University Psychology professor Candice Monson with students.

Revolutionary approaches to PTSD treatment

Professor Candice Monson is working with a group of graduate students in Ryerson’s Department of Psychology to research how to treat Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in a more accessible way.

Ryerson University Sociology professor Mustafa Koç

Pioneering food security on a global scale

Sociology professor Mustafa Koç is working to shape public policy to address the language, income and cultural barriers for refugees feeding their families in Canada.

Ryerson University History professor Jean Li

Robotics reshape archaeological discovery

Assistant Professor Jean Li of Ryerson’s Department of History is combining new technology like robotics with traditional archaeological practices to reshape the way researchers approach fieldwork.

Ryere University English professor Nima Naghibi

Revolution meets revelation

Ryerson Department of English Chair Nima Naghibi is exploring how autobiographical accounts of the 1979 Iranian Revolution underscore the importance of literature in the fight for social justice.

Dr. Claire Oswald, PhD, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

Environmental fieldwork for watershed solutions

Professor Claire Oswald, Geography and Environmental Studies, aims to influence public policy on road maintenance and urban development by exploring the cumulative effects of road salt application on our streams, rivers and lakes.

Research Director at Ryerson's Privacy & Big Data Institute, Ali Miri

Computer Science meets cyber solutions

Cyber security expert Professor Ali Miri is developing a secure ecosystem for the Internet of Things (IoT). Why? Because the devices and systems accessing the world’s information infrastructure are notoriously easy to hack.

Assistant Professor at Ryerson's Department of Chemistry & Biology, Professor Lesley Campbell

Scientific inquiry meets societal impact

Professor Lesley Campbell’s research is focused on protecting our food supply from agricultural weeds that are evolving with increasingly aggressive traits due to interbreeding and the effects of climate change.

Urban campus meets city building

Ryerson School of Urban Planning Professor Raktim Mitra, has been working in partnership with Metrolinx to produce recommendations for cycling growth in the Toronto region, with a focus on cyclist safety and women and youth.

Creative innovation challenges perceptions about diversity

Refashioning Masculinity, a Ryerson-initiated project, is examining the challenges of gender norms and how fashion can empower diversity.

Experiential learning meets entrepreneurial passion

A team of Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) students launched the Growing North project with a goal of cutting produce costs in half, starting in the 1,000-person hamlet of Naujaat, Nunavut.  

Dr. Michael Kolios at St. Michael's Hospital

World-class research meets real-world impact

Professor Michael Kolios, a leading voice in his field, is using ultrasound technology to analyze and destroy tumours and photoacoustic imaging to monitor the effectiveness of cancer treatments in real time.

Ryerson Media Production student and founder of e-magazine Canada’s Talent, Beatrice Hanley

Media entrepreneur meets musical talent

Media production student Beatrice Hanley launched Canada’s Talent, a youth oriented e-magazine featuring Canadian music and entertainment news.

Ryerson Molecular Science master's student Jennifer Huyn

Research collaborations meet new energy approaches

Molecular Science master's student Jennifer Huynh works with leading researchers on solar panels that can take the place of windows and gather energy to power buildings.

Early Childhood Studies professor and director of Ryerson’s Responsive Ecologies Lab and the Experiential Design and Gaming Environments Lab, Jason Nolan

Social technology meets design activism

Professor Jason Nolan researches custom adaptations of social technology to help children with disabilities engage with the people and spaces around them.

Global Management Studies graduate Maria Poonawala

Real-world experience meets post-grad opportunity

A unique mix of academics and industry experience led Global Management Studies alumna Maria Poonawala to a position with Ernst and Young’s technology consulting practice.

Arts and Contemporary Studies alumna and founder of the White Elephant Project, Christina Tachtampa

Community building meets global impact

With the support of Ryerson's SocialVentures Zone, Arts and Contemporary Studies alumna Christina Tachtampa developed a project to help students prepare for international experiences.

Ryerson Photography Studies graduate and nonprofit entrepreneur Che Kothari

Creative freedom meets community action

An entrance scholarship to Ryerson's Photography Studies program paved the path for alumnus Che Kothari to co-found a non-profit organization supporting youth in the arts.

The NAO robot was designed to interact and evaluate speech patterns of children comnbatting Autistm Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Interdisciplinary research meets communication breakthroughs

Faculty of Arts professors and a team of students have created Nao, a sociable robot to research speech patterns of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Ryerson students working at the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof in Toronto, Ontario

Roughage meets rooftop

Ryerson Urban Farm operates productive growing spaces across the Ryerson University campus, including the Andrew and Valerie Pringle Environmental Green Roof at the George Vari Engineering and Computing Centre.

Ryerson University Master’s in Urban Development student Ariana Cancelli

Laneways meet new life

Master's of Urban Development graduate Ariana Cancelli has tapped the social, economic and environmental potential of transforming urban alleyways into accessible green spaces.