Chairs & Scholars

The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science leverages Research Chairs and Scholars to attract and retain top-tier international talent. Our primary focus is on fostering research excellence and training future scientific researchers.
Chemistry professor Isaac Li in lab

Isaac Li

Canada Research Chairs

The federally funded Canada Research Chair program, launched in 2000, provides support in building Canada’s research capacity.

Canada Research Chair in Wildlife Restoration Ecology (Tier 2 – NSERC)


Assistant Professor, Biology

Canada Research Chair in Single-Molecule Biophysics & Mechanobiology (Tier 2 – NSERC)


Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Canada Research Chair in Nutrition & Energy Metabolism in Chronic Disease  (Tier 2 – CIHR)


Assistant Professor, Biology

Principal’s Research Chairs

The Principal’s Research Chairs (PRC) program provides internal funding support for top-tier researchers engaged in outstanding research or creative scholarship.

Ubiquitous Analytics (Tier 1)


Professor, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics & Statistics

Computational Chemistry (Tier 1)


Professor, Chemistry

Endowed and Industrial Chairs

NSERC/Egg Farmers of Canada Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Sustainability (2018)


Assistant Professor, Biology, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science & Faculty of Management; Endowed Chair in Bio-economy Sustainability Management

Endowed Research Chairs in Watershed Management (Forest Renewal BC – FRBC)


Professor, Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science


Associate Professor, Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science

Michael Smith Health Research BC’s Scholars

Michael Smith HRBC Scholar in Plant-Based Anticancer Drugs 


Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Michael Smith HRBC Scholar in Molecular Tools for Monitoring & Controlling the Mechanobiology of Diseases 


Assistant Professor, Chemistry

Research Highlights

Thuy Thuy DangThu-Thuy Dang, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, examines sustainable drug production while looking for anti-cancer compounds. Learn more.

Adam FordAdam Ford, Associate Professor of Biology, is generating a deeper understanding of why sheep populations are in decline. Learn more.

Isaac LiIsaac Li, Assistant Professor of Chemistry says research could lead to new disease treatment strategies. Learn more.

Pourang IraniPourang Irani, Professor of Computer Science researches the considerations for end-user comfort in the design of in-situ user interfaces. Learn more.

Nathan PelletierNathan Pelletier, Associate Professor of Biology, is ramping up his research on food-system sustainability issues. Learn more.

David ScottDavid Scott, Associate Professor of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences works to understand processes that allow us to manage the future of forests and water resources.” Learn more.

Adam WeiAdam Wei, Professor of Earth, Environmental and Geographic Sciences recommends a systematic approach to forest and water supply management. Learn more.