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Our Mission

Advance scientific discovery and knowledge and promote scientific literacy and understanding in our community.

Our Vision

To be the leading Faculty of Science in Canada and among the world’s best in strategic areas of strength through innovation, creativity and excellence in research, education, scholarship and service.

Our Faculty Faculty of Science Overview

The Faculty of Science is one of the largest among Canadian universities, with more than 6,800 undergraduate and 600 graduate students.

Meet The Acting Dean Of Science

Gianni Parise brings 19 years of research, teaching and administrative experience to his role as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Science during Dean Maureen MacDonald’s research leave.

Gianni was previously McMaster University’s Acting Deputy Vice-President, Research. He has also served as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology and the Faculty of Science’s Associate Dean of Research & External Relations from 2011 to 2020.

After earning his masters and PhD at McMaster, Gianni completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ottawa Health Research Institute. He returned to McMaster as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Kinesiology and Medical Physics and Applied Radiation Science in 2005, becoming an Associate Professor in 2010 and a Professor in 2016.

Gianni’s published more than 130 papers, supervised five postdoctoral fellows, 10 doctoral students, 20 masters students and 29 undergraduate thesis students.

As the lab lead for the Molecular Exercise Physiology and Muscle Aging Research lab and a member of the Exercise Metabolism Research Group, Gianni studies the regulation of skeletal muscle stem cells in response to muscle damage.

His research excellence has been recognized with funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Gianni was also recognized with an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation and a Young Investigator Award from the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology in 2011.

With a vision of transforming our world through science, the Faculty of Science has nearly 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students and more than 350 faculty and staff in eight departments and schools and five research centres and institutes.

Dr. Gianni Parise
Acting Dean, Faculty of Science

Expandable List

Appointment Duration Name
1962-1967 Ronald P. Graham
1967-1972 Dennis R. McCalla
1975-1984 Donald W. Sprung
1984-1989 Ronald F. Childs
1989-1995 Robert H. McNutt
1995-1996 Harvey P. Weingarten
1996-2005 Peter G. Sutherland
2005-2012 John P. Capone
2012-2013 Peter G. Sutherland (Acting)
2013-2016 Robert L. Baker
2016-2017 Bruce Milliken (Acting)
2017- Maureen J. MacDonald