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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.

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

  

Canada Research Chairs

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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.

Contact: bagheri@ryerson.ca

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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.

Contact: rbotelho@ryerson.ca

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Seth Dworkin (Tier II, High Performance Computing and Sustainable Energy)

Seth Dworkin, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, has been named Chair in High Performance Computing and Sustainable Energy. His work focuses on improving emissions profiles for aircraft engines, as well as geothermal heating and cooling systems. Using computer models, Seth’s work looks at ways to enhance performance of these systems and to develop models that are adaptable to industry use.

Contact: seth.dworkin@ryerson.ca  

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Bilal Farooq (Tier II, Disruptive Transportation Technologies and Services)

Bilal Farooq’s research explores the possibilities of connected and autonomous vehicles and ride-hailing services. Using advanced sensor networks in combination with big data, he is building prediction models that can inform public policy and make the most efficient use of the transportation systems of today and tomorrow.

Contact: bilal.farooq@ryerson.ca

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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.

Contact: gammel@ryerson.ca

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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.

Contact: gruzd@ryerson.ca

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Dae Kun Hwang (Tier II, Microarchitecture for Advanced Polymeric Materials)

In his work, Dae Kun Hwang is creating “novel polymer-based platforms” using microparticles with 3D shapes, membranes with 3D pores and surfaces with wrinkled 3D microstructures. His research aims to create solutions with biomedical applications, such as less invasive microneedles for therapeutic drug delivery and low-cost detection of circulating tumour cells, as well as a better understanding of cellular responses to 3D environments.

Contact: dkhwang@ryerson.ca

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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.

Contact: mazalek@ryerson.ca

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Michael Olson (Tier I, Molecular Cell Biology)

Michael Olson is an established leader in cytoskeleton function, the internal structure that shapes all cells in the human body. His research seeks to identify and understand the characteristics of cancer cells that are prone to metastasize, with the aim of creating more effective, targeted drug therapy treatments that will improve outcomes for cancer patients.

Contact: michael.olson@ryerson.ca

 

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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.

Contact: aderuiter@ryerson.ca

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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.

Contact: ssidani@ryerson.ca

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.

Contact: jspaniol@ryerson.ca