The province invests more than $6 million in 23 SFU research projects

September 20, 2022
Simon Fraser University will receive nearly $6.2 million for 23 interdisciplinary research projects from the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund.

The province’s B.C. Knowledge Development Fund (BCKDF) has awarded nearly $6.2 million for 23 interdisciplinary research projects at Simon Fraser University.

This investment helps ensure SFU researchers have access to the state-of-the-art scientific equipment and infrastructure they need to lead the province into the future. The BCKDF supports the development of research infrastructure—including labs and equipment—and helps British Columbia’s academic institutions attract scientists, skilled technicians, students and other research users. Supporting research facilities and providing resources also fosters innovation and helps institutions collaborate with industry.

“BCKDF funding allows SFU's researchers to continue their work in vital areas such as health sciences, clean tech and advanced computing, while enabling the development of enhanced infrastructure to better serve and attract researchers and industry to B.C.,” says Dugan O’Neil, SFU’s vice-president, research and international. “This support helps our scientists pursue new collaborations and drives innovation that contributes to the social, environmental and economic well-being of the province.”

From projects advancing innovation in neuroscience and neurotechnology, to broadening the understanding of infectious disease, to action on climate change, BCKDF investments support a wide range of research areas that seek to improve lives, support resilient communities and care for our planet. Seven of SFU’s eight faculties are represented in the projects receiving funding.

For example, researchers in Professor Sami Khan’s Engineering Interfaces for Sustainable Energy lab are working to enhance the performance of carbon capture, conversion and storage technologies, providing solutions to challenges faced by alternative energy systems that address climate change.

“The BCKDF support will enable us to continue to work on solutions to lead the transition to greener forms of energy,” says Khan. “Our work is an important part of addressing climate change and we are grateful for the support that promotes fundamental research investigations in our laboratories.”

See the official news release from BCKDF




SFU researcher

Sustainable Low Carbon Fuels Research lab

Applied Sciences

Gordon McTaggart-Cowan

Computational cinematography

Applied Sciences

Yagiz Aksoy

Coordination of robot motion and human-robot interaction for large-scale multi-robot systems

Applied Sciences

Hang Ma

Interactive learning of language in 3D environments

Applied Sciences

Angel Chang

Thermo-Fluid Test Laboratory for Optimized, Additively Manufactured Designs

Applied Sciences

Colin Copeland

Innovative multifunctional materials for enhancing the performance and longevity of CO2 capture and conversion systems

Applied Sciences

Sami Khan

Vehicle track interaction research laboratory

Applied Sciences

Kevin Oldknow

Behavioural Neuroscience Laboratory

Arts and Social Sciences

Brianne Kent

The Precursor Laboratory: emerging scenographic technologies for live performance

Communication, Art and Technology

Wladimiro Woyno Rodriguez

Supporting and promoting postgraduate students' data science literacy using


Tenzin Doleck

Improvements for the Fourier Transform Infrared Microspectroscopy Facility for the Archaeological Sciences


Francesco Berna

Quantifying forest and stream water sources and their sensitivity to a shifting climate


William Jesse Hahm

HIV Pathogenesis and Immunity Laboratory

Health Sciences and Science

Mark Brockman

Centre for Infectious Disease Genomics and One Health (CIDGOH)

Health Sciences

William Hsiao

Cardiovascular disease and its comorbidities: identifying the regulators of cross-disease communication

Health Sciences

Graeme Koelwyn

A comprehensive experimental laboratory for microbial ecology of water treatment


Jane Fowler

Microscopy infrastructure for real-time quantitative imaging of molecular dynamics and cellular mechanics


Valentin Jaumouille

ATLAS Tier-1 Data Centre


Bernd Stelzer

High-throughput stem cell phenotyping and functional metabolic analysis


Lisa Julian

Centre for the Systems Biology of Host-Pathogen Interactions


Amy Lee

Cytocentric high-throughput stem cell cultivation, phenotyping and characterization facility


Lorena Braid

Development of an innovative combined optical and position calibration system for future neutrino telescopes


Matthias Danninger

The Landslide Field Laboratory: A remote sensing suite for multiscale rock mass and slope modelling


Sergio Sepulveda