Chairs

Lakehead University is proud to have a formidable team of experts leading ground-breaking discoveries and developments. Our Canada, Lakehead, and Ontario Research Chairs, Research Chair in Northern Studies, Lakehead/TBRRI Research Chairs and SHARCNET/BRI/TBRRI Molecular Simulation Research Chair are among those spearheading prominent research initiatives.

Lakehead University Research Chairs

Lakehead University Research Chairs (LURCs) recognize high quality research, scholarly and creative achievement by providing a two-year research grant to support an individual’s program of research. The Lakehead University Research Chairs program is a key element in retaining outstanding research talent at our institution. LURCs are recruited every two years through a competitive process.

Current Lakehead University Research Chairs

Dr. Peter Hollings, Department of Geology:  Lakehead University Research Chair in Geochemistry and Ore Deposits (2017-2019)

Dr. Sandra Jeppesen, Lakehead University Research Chair in Transformative Media and Social Movements (2017-2019)

Dr. Kristin Burnett, Department of Indigenous Learning: Lakehead University Research Chair in Indigenous Health and Well-Being (2014-2017)

Past Lakehead University Research Chairs

Dr. Han Chen, Faculty of Natural Resources Management:  Lakehead University Research Chair in Global Climate Change and Boreal Forests
(2014-2016)

Dr. Abdelhamid Tayebi, Department of Electrical Engineering:  Lakehead University Research Chair in Aerial Robotics 
Chair from 2012-2014

Dr. Mary Lou Kelley, School of Social Work & Centre of Education and Research on Aging and Health: Lakehead University Research Chair in Palliative Care 
Chair from 2012-2014

Dr. Philip Fralick, Department of Geology,  Lakehead University Research Chair on Martian Astrobiology 
Chair from 2010 to 2012

Dr. Raynald Harvey Lemelin, School of Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Tourism:  Lakehead University Research Chair in Parks and Protected Areas 
Chair from 2010 to 2012

Dr. Lori Chambers, Department of Women's Studies: Lakehead University Research Chair in Gender, Law and Equity Chair from
2008 to 2010

Dr. Todd Dufresne, Department of Philosophy:   Lakehead University Research Chair of Social and Cultural Theory Chair from
2008 to 2010

Dr. Steve Kinrade, Department of Chemistry: Lakehead University Research Chair in Aqueous Silicon Chemistry 
Chair from 2008 to 2010

Dr. Baoqiang Liao, Department of Chemical Engineering: Lakehead University Research Chair in Membrane Biotechnology
Chair from 2008 to 2010 

Research Chair in Northern Studies

Dr. Doug Morris, Department of Biology

Lakehead University/Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute Research (TBRHRI) Chairs

Over the last number of years, Lakehead University and the Thunder Bay Regional Health Research Institute have established a joint research chair program that will appoint outstanding researchers who will further promote innovative research at both institutions.  The first joint chair was appointed in 2011.

  • Dr. Mitchell S. Albert, Lakehead University - TBRHRI Chair in Molecular Imaging and Advanced Diagnostics, Department of Chemistry, TBRHRI

Other Lakehead University / TBRHRI Chairs:

  • Dr. Ingeborg Zehbe, Lakehead University-TBRHRI Chair in Probe Development and Biomarker Exploration, Department of Biology, TBRHRI
  • Dr. Laura Curiel, Department of Electrical Engineering, TBRHRI
  • Dr. Michael Campbell, Lakehead University - TBRHRI  Research Chair in Radiochemistry for Molecular Imagining and Advanced Diagnostics, Department of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, TBRHRI

Ontario Research Chairs

Dr. Lew Christopher, Director of the Biorefining Research Institute and Senior Ontario Research Chair

One new chair is currently being recruited.

Former Ontario Research Chairs

  • Dr. Robert Dekker, Former Scientific Director, and Senior Ontario Research Chair in Biorefining Technologies
  • Dr. Wensheng Qin, Former Junior Ontario Research Chair in Biorefining Technologies

Northern Ontario School of Medicine Research Chairs

  • Dr. Sheldon Tobe, Heart and Stroke Foundation/Northern Ontario School of Medicine Chair in Aboriginal and Rural Health
  • Dr. Douglas Boreham, Bruce Power Chair in Radiation and Health
  • Dr. Gregory Ross, Discovery Air Fire Services Chair in Environment and Health Surveillance

Former SHARCNET/BRI/TBRRI Molecular Simulation Research Chair

Dr. Wely B. Floriano, Department of Chemistry, Biorefining Research Initiative, and Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute