Spotlight on researchers

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’s research focuses on the statistical aspects of uncertainty quantification. He develops statistical methodology for new types of data or new applications in fields ranging from cosmology to glaciology. This applied work is complemented by a fundamental research stream that looks at the broader and more theoretical side of what you can and cannot do with these computational models.

Read more:  an interview with Dr. Bingham and his profile on the Department of Statistics & Actuarial Science website

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. A hydrogeologist by profession, her research aims to develop strategies to assess risks to water security, and ultimately, these ideas inform our country’s decision-makers and policies. On a fundamental level, her research is shedding light on the processes that take place as natural groundwater systems respond to stressors like contamination and climate change. Scientists working with decision-makers reflects how “water brings people together.”

Read more:  an interview with Dr. Allen, the Groundwater Resources Research Group site and Dr. Allen's profile on the Department of Earth Sciences website

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Associate Professor Chris Beh

It is easy to lose perspective about how dynamic biological cells are and instead see them merely as fixed building blocks of an organism. 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. How does a cell maintain what looks like a static balance with all that fantastic motion going on?

Read more:  an interview with Dr. Beh, the Beh lab website and his profile on the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry website

Molecular Biology & Biochemistry

Professor Esther Verheyen

Our cells contain proteins that regulate how often a cell divides and when to stop dividing. Cell division is highly regulated and if it becomes uncontrolled, cancer can develop. Dr. Verheyen’s research group studies how cells are directed toward a particular fate, becoming a specific type of tissue. 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. This knowledge will position us to understand how dysfunction of normal processes leads to cancer.

Read more:  an interview with Dr. Verheyen, the Verheyen lab website and her profile on the Department of Molecular Biology & Biochemistry website

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