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Our Researchers

At Ryerson, we combine excellence and relevance to advance prosperity and quality of life in Canada. Our researchers are also impacting their fields in areas from literature to nursing, and 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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Highlighted Researchers

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Anna Triandafyllidou

Anna Triandafyllidou (CERC in Migration and Integration, opens in new window)

Anna Triandafyllidou's main areas of research and teaching are the governance of cultural diversity, migration, and nationalism from a European and international perspective. Currently based in Italy at the European University Institute as the Robert Schuman Chair of the Global Governance Programme, she will join Ryerson this summer to lead an internationally recognized seven-year research program.

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Ryerson professor Reza Arani

Reza Arani (Tier II CRC, Smart Grid Cyber-Physical Security)

Reza Arani is developing new controls and designs to ensure that smart power grids are secure, sustainable and resilient. His research considers factors such as increasing digital communications along the grid and the growing availability of renewable and clean energy sources. In particular, his work addresses potential digital and physical vulnerabilities in the power system while innovating ways to eliminate, mitigate or detect attacks and threats.


Dr. Ebrahim Bagheri

Ebrahim Bagheri (Tier II CRC, 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.


Ryerson researcher Roberto Botelho

Roberto Botelho (Tier II CRC, Organelle Function and Adaptation)

Roberto Botelho is a leading researcher on organelles, the "organs" 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.

Dr. Anton de Ruiter

Anton de Ruiter (Tier II CRC, 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.


Ryerson researcher Seth Dworkin

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

Seth Dworkin's work focuses on improving emissions profiles for aircraft engines, as well as geothermal heating and cooling systems. Using computer models, he looks at ways to enhance the performance of these systems and to develop models that are adaptable to industry use. 

Dr. Bilal Farooq

Bilal Farooq (Tier II CRC, 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.

Dr. David Gauntlet

David Gauntlett (Tier I CRC, Creative Innovation and Learning)

David Gauntlett is exploring creative processes, self-initiated everyday creativity, and cultures of making and exchanging. His work experiments with platforms for creativity, creative identities, leadership and public understanding of creative practice, all of which are essential to the development and design of content and technologies in business, media, educational organizations and cultural institutions.


Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

Anatoliy Gruzd (Tier II CRC, Privacy-Preserving Digital Technologies)

To answer questions about why and how data consumers use social media data, Anatoliy Gruzd is expanding on his past work in social media data stewardship to examine the adoption and use of new privacy-preserving technologies and methods by social networking platforms with the aim of understanding how privacy-preserving technologies can be leveraged to benefit Canadians and organizations while fostering digital innovation.

Dr. Dae Kun Hwang

Dae Kun Hwang (Tier II CRC, 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 develop biomedical applications, such as less invasive microneedles for therapeutic drug delivery and low-cost detection of circulating tumour cells, as well as to gain a better understanding of cellular responses to 3D environments.

Dr. Miranda Kirby

Miranda Kirby (Tier II CRC,  Quantitative Imaging)

Miranda Kirby is developing automated ways of extracting information from CT and MRI images to help assess smoking-related lung diseases. Her research program will help develop new measurements of lung disease, combining image processing with machine learning to extract more information than can be seen by the human eye in the images. She hopes to one day be able to use the new measurements developed to study other lung diseases, such as cystic fibrosis.

Ryerson professor Damien Lee

Damien Lee (Tier II CRC, Biskaabiiyang and Indigenous Political Resurgence)

Biskaabiiyang is an Ojibwe term that translates to “returning to ourselves” in English and expresses a research methodology that promotes decolonization using Ojibwe thought. Using this methodology, Damien Lee’s research focuses on Indigenous governance and how various Indigenous communities are practising their own systems of government while disengaging from the systems imposed by Canada’s Indian Act.


Dr. Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek

Alexandra (Ali) Mazalek (Tier II CRC, 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.

Dr. Michael Olson

Michael Olson (Tier I CRC, 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.

Dr. Julia Spaniol

Julia Spaniol (Tier II CRC, 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.

Dr. Sharareh Taghipour

Sharareh Taghipour (Tier II CRC, Physical Asset Management)

Sharareh Taghipour is seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in industries – such as transportation, commercial building and heavy manufacturing – through the development of state-of-the-art methodologies to enhance energy efficiency. Her approach includes the optimization of physical assets such as turbines, transformers and dams. Her work is also essential for establishing sustainable operations in carbon-intensive industries such as mining, iron and steel.


Ryerson professor Ali Tavallaei

Ali Tavallaei (Tier II CRC, Systems and Devices for Cardiovascular Interventions)

Ali Tavallaei is working to generate new image-guided therapeutic and diagnostic solutions to overcome and better understand the limitations of the conventional devices employed during minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures, which are the main interventions performed to diagnose and treat cardiovascular diseases.