Research Office

"The 2019-2020 academic year will certainly be a memorable one, especially its last few months. The COVID-19 pandemic had major impacts on all of us and research in the Faculty of Science was no exception. Fortunately, the entire team at the Faculty rose to the occasion, which allowed us to restart research, gradually, as soon as it became safe to do so. Meanwhile, many of our researchers provided essential efforts with incredible speed to develop tools to monitor and fight the COVID-19 virus. Thus, a group in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics produced models of COVID-19 to help develop clear guidance on the conditions required to end a lockdown. A team in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences obtained funding to design a diagnostic tool that would provide a positive or negative test result in under 10 minutes with an accuracy rate of 90 percent. Finally, collaboration took place between a laboratory in the Department of Biology and the University of Saskatchewan to develop an edible vaccine against the COVID-19 virus.

This timely new research is only a subset of the main achievements for 2019-2020. Others include the characterization of a new type of earthquake — the slow earthquakes — by a group in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the discovery of a new sex hormone that could play an important role in the control of reproduction by a research team in the Department of Biology, in collaboration with a group from the Chinese Academy of Sciences. A research team in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences successfully discovered new materials that will allow for an effective and affordable way to capture CO2 and thus potentially help reduce greenhouse effects caused by man-made emissions.

Despite the challenges that the last year brought to us, researchers in the Faculty of Science have once again proven how their endeavors can lead to novel and original solutions to the problems faced by society."

- Marc Ekker, Vice-Dean, Research

2019-20 Research Committee

  • Marc Ekker (Chair); Vice-Dean, Research
  • André Beauchemin (Vice-Chair); Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies and Entrepreneurship
  • Emily Standen; Associate Professor, Department of Biology
  • Albert Stolow; Professor, Departments of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, and Physics (until June 30, 2019)
  • Stephen Newman; Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences (starting July 1, 2019)
  • Pascal Audet; Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (until Sept. 30, 2019)
  • Jonathan O’Neil; Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences (starting Oct. 1, 2019)
  • Kirill Zaynullin; Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (until June 30, 2019)
  • Frithjof Lutscher; Professor, Department of Mathematics and Statistics (starting July 1, 2019)
  • Jean-Michel-Ménard, Assistant Professor, Department of Physics
  • Jasmine Lefebvre (non-voting member); Research Advisor
  • Hugo Lemieux (non-voting member); Research Advisor
  • France Malette (non-voting member); Chief Administrative Officer

2019-20 Department Chairs

  • Jeremy Kerr – Department of Biology
  • David Bryce – Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences
  • David Schneider – Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Paul-Eugène Parent – Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • André Longtin – Department of Physics (until Dec. 31, 2019)
  • James Harden – Department of Physics (starting Jan. 1, 2020)

Our Team and Contact Info

Research Office
University of Ottawa
Faculty of Science
STEM Complex
150 Louis-Pasteur Pvt
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5

Mandate

The Research Office was established to support and promote research at the Faculty of Science. It serves as the main liaison between granting agencies and researchers, as well as with University of Ottawa research services.

The office also assists researchers in preparing grant and scholarship applications, as well as research chair applications and award nominations.

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