Spotlight on researchers

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Professor Richard Lockhart

Analyzing a data set and getting answers that you like is gratifying, but how can you be sure your analysis is actually working? Statisticians tackle this question; they want evidence of how well an analysis works, and to obtain answers, they analyze methods of analyzing data. Dr. Lockhart is not fundamentally a data analyst; he does analyze data, but the focus of his research is to describe how well various methods are expected to work in different circumstances.

Read more: An interview with Dr. Lockhart and his profile on the Statistics website


Assistant Professor Jeff Warren

Dr. Jeff Warren is passionate about renewable energy and protecting our planet. His research program aims to develop both chemical and enzymatic technologies that will convert greenhouse gases, e.g., carbon dioxide or carbon monoxide, into materials that can be used for making useful products like fuel or plastics. The other side of his research is focused on health sciences, where his group is collaborating on studies involving mutated proteins associated with cancer.

Read more: An interview with Dr. Warren and his profile on the Chemistry website

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Associate Professor Jonathan Choy

Dr. Choy’s research program is driven by his overriding interest in understanding how the human body’s inflammatory and immune responses develop inappropriately to cause organ transplant rejection and some rheumatological diseases. His research group is committed to making discoveries that will make people healthier. They aim to understand the mechanisms and effectiveness of certain treatments, with an ultimate goal of developing or informing strategies for tackling a range of health conditions.

Read more: An interview with Dr. Choy, and his profile on the Molecular Biology and Biochemistry website


Professor Jonathan Jedwab

Dr. Jonathan Jedwab loves the simplicity of combinatorics, in that the problems are very easy to state and typically, they have a low barrier to entry, i.e., you don't need to know a whole lot of advanced mathematics to get started. The problems may be deceptively simple, but reaching a solution can require some very complex mathematical tools – that's the attraction to the subject.  As a mathematician, what began for him as mathematical problem solving in digital technologies has evolved into a prolific research program that tackles problems across all facets of science, from determining the most stable way an RNA sequence can fold in three dimensions to communicating securely using the principles of quantum mechanics.

Read more:  an interview with Dr. Jedwab and his profile on the Department of Mathematics website

Statistics & Actuarial Science

Professor Derek Bingham

Dr. Bingham develops statistical methodology for new types of data or new applications in fields ranging from cosmology to glaciology. Read more...

Earth Sciences

Professor Diana Allen

People are very attached to water; they are attuned to issues such as sustainability of their water supply, conflicts between water users, and impacts of climate change. Dr. Allen shares these concerns. Read more...  

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Associate Professor Chris Beh

Activity and movement within a cell is ever-changing: molecules are on the move, going in every direction, all of the time, billions of them moving around every second. The orchestration of intracellular movement, the coordination of events toward purpose is what interests Dr. Chris Beh. Read more...

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Professor Esther Verheyen

As much as Dr. Verheyen is interested in what causes cancer, her foremost concern is understanding the fundamental processes behind it, the mechanisms that drive organ growth and cell proliferation, the process of making more cells. Read more...

Biological Sciences

Professor Margo Moore

Dr. Moore is interested in the features of human fungal pathogens that enable them to colonize and survive in the human body. Read more...


Professor John Bechhoefer

With interests ranging from the physics of liquid crystals to biological physics, Dr. Bechhoefer is one of SFU’s most versatile scientists. Read more...

Earth Sciences

Associate Professor Gwenn Flowers

Dr. Flowers’ focus is on the terrestrial cryosphere, or land-based ice; she primarily studies contemporary glaciers and ice sheets. Read more...

Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology

Assistant Professor Dawn Mackey

Dr. Mackey is passionate about promoting mobility for older Canadians. Read more...  

Earth Sciences

Professor John Clague

Vancouverites enjoying a walk around the Stanley Park seawall would rather not think about “The Big One”... Read more 

Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology

Professor Stephen Robinovitch

SFU professor Stephen Robinovitch's research looks for hard evidence of how falls occur... Read more


Associate Professor Nancy Forde

We are all intimately familiar with collagen. After all, it is what gives structure and strength to our bodies, essentially holding us together. Read more or watch a video

Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology

Professor Andy Hoffer

More than 30 per cent of intensive care patients put on mechanical ventilation become dependent because the diaphragm quickly atrophies from lack of use.  Read more...


Professor Mike Vetterli

Scientists from around the world work together on the ATLAS experiment at CERN in Geneva to study collisions of subatomic particles... Read more

Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology

Associate Professor Matthew White

As an alpine ski racer for more than twenty years, Matthew White has grappled with almost every condition imaginable on the slopes... Read more

Research chairs

Canada Research Chairs

Other Research Chairs

  • Dr. J. Cory
    Thelma Finlayson Endowed Chair in Biological Control
  • Dr. G. Gries
    NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Insect Communication Ecology
  • Dr. J. Moore
    Liber Ero Chair in Coastal Studies
  • Dr. J. Reynolds
    Tom Buell BC Leadership Chair in Salmon Conservation and Management
  • Dr. D. Stead
    Forest Renewal British Columbia (FNBC) Chair in Resource Geoscience and Geotechnics
  • Dr. R. N. Young
    Merck Frosst-BC Leadership Chair in Pharmaceutical Genomics, Bioinformatics and Drug Discovery