• Research Chairs

    Research Chairs

    Several faculty members hold research and endowned chairs, strengthening McMaster’s reputation as one of Canada’s top research universities


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McMaster University will continue to host undergraduate academic activities remotely for the Spring/Summer/Intersession term with only a few exceptions for courses that need student access to specialized equipment.

Faculty of Science Research Chairs

Curiosity-driven and applied research are at the forefront of the Faculty’s activities. Several faculty members hold research and endowned chairs, strengthening McMaster’s reputation as one of Canada’s top research universities and building knowledge for our communities.

Canada Research Chairs

The Faculty currently holds 17 Canada Research Chairs, the Government of Canada's funded research professorships. They are given to attract and retain some of the world's most accomplished and promising minds. Our Chairs span the spectrum of research from applications in mathematical analysis to aquatic studies in environment and health.

Paul Ayers Canada Research Chair in Theoretical Chemistry
Patrick Bennett Canada Research Chair in Vision Science
John D Brennan Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry
Alemu Gonsamo Canada Research Chair in Remote Sensing of Terrestrial Ecosystems
Megumi Harada Canada Research Chair in Equivariant Symplectic and Algebraic Geometry
Jennifer Heisz Canada Research Chair in Brain Health and Aging
Gita Ljubicic Canada Research Chair in Community-Engaged Research for Northern Sustainability
Vladimir Ljubicic Canada Research Chair in Neuromuscular Plasticity in Health and Disease
Paul McNicholas Canada Research Chair in Computational Statistics
José Moran-Mirabal Canada Research Chair in Micro- and Nanostructured Materials
Carmel Mothersill Canada Research Chair in Radiobiology
Aimee Nelson Canada Research Chair in Sensorimotor Control
Stuart Phillips Canada Research Chair in Human Skeletal Muscle Health in Aging
Graham Scott Canada Research Chair in Comparative and Environmental Physiology
James Michael Waddington Canada Research Chair in Ecohydrology
Christine D. Wilson Canada Research Chair in Extragalactic Star Formation
Gabriel (Naiqi) Xiao Canada Research Chair in Perceptual Development

Canada 150 Research Chair

The Canada 150 Research Chairs Program, created in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, is aimed at enhancing Canada’s reputation as a global centre for science, research and innovation excellence.

Jonathan Pruitt    Canada 150 Research Chair in Biological Dystopias

Funded and Endowed Research Chairs

The Faculty also hosts a number of funded and endowed research chairs.

Ian Hambleton Mathematics & Statistics Dr. F. Ronald and Helen E. Britton Professor of Mathematics
Bruce Gaulin Physics & Astronomy Brockhouse Chair in the Physics of Materials
  Janok Bhattacharya Earth, Environment & Society* Susan Cunningham Research Chair in Geology
  Karen Kidd  Biology and Geography & Earth Sciences Stephen A. Jarislowsky Chair in Environment and Health
Allison Williams Earth, Environment & Society* CIHR Chair in Gender, Work and Health
*Note: The School of Geography & Earth Sciences changed its name to the School of Earth, Environment & Society in July 2020.

Faculty of Science Research Chairs

In 2018, the Faculty created the first Faculty of Science Research Chairs to recognize colleagues for their outstanding achievements.

Michael Brook (2019)  Chemistry & Chemical Biology Science Research Chair in Sustainable Silicone Polymers
Kari Dalnoki-Veress (2019) Physics & Astronomy Science Research Chair in Experimental Soft Condensed Matter Physics
Allison Williams (2019) Earth, Environment & Society* Science Research Chair in Career Friendly Workplaces
Martin Gibala (2020) Kinesiology Science Research Chair in Integrative Exercise Physiology
Gillian Goward (2020) Chemistry & Chemical Biology Science Research Chair in Magnetic Resonance in Materials for Energy Storage
Louis Schmidt (2020) Psychology, Neuoscience & Behaviour Science Research Chair in Early Determinants of Mental Health
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