Three University of Ottawa researchers have been elected fellows of the Royal Society of Canada (RSC), the highest distinction that can be given to a scholar, artist or scientist in Canada. As well, six University researchers have been elected to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, as part of its fifth cohort. The college, created by the RSC, aims to recognize emerging research leaders at the outset of their careers.
“I wish to congratulate those newly admitted to the RSC,” said Sylvain Charbonneau, vice-president, research. “Their thirst for knowledge and their research work are helping to expand knowledge in their respective fields.”
Fellows of the Royal Society of Canada
Pierre Berini (Faculty of Engineering) is a professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He specializes in plasmonics, a field that explores the use of light rather than electricity in integrated circuits. Potential applications of his research include the development of biosensors to detect disease or measure environmental contaminants.
Pierre Blier (Faculty of Medicine) is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Cellular and Molecular Medicine and director of the Mood Disorders Research Unit at the Royal's Institute of Mental Health Research. He studies the mechanisms of antidepressant medications and how to make them more effective.
Jianping Yao (Faculty of Engineering) is a Distinguished University Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. He is recognized internationally for his research in microwave photonics, which has the potential to vastly improve 5G systems, autonomous driving and high-resolution sensing.
Members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists
Pascal Audet (Faculty of Science) is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences. His research focuses on subduction zones, continental strike-slip fault zones, deformation of continents, and the thermal and mechanical structure and evolution of terrestrial planets.
Nathalie Chalifour (Faculty of Law, Common Law Section) is co-director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Global Sustainability and professor in the interdisciplinary master’s program at the Institute of the Environment. Her intersectional research on economic instruments and constitutional law supports the development of effective public policy solutions to complex sustainability problems such as climate change in a way that promotes environmental justice, environmental rights and gender equality.
Marc-André Langlois (Faculty of Medicine) is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology. His research focuses on how HIV works and evades detection by the immune system.
Tracey Lindberg (Faculty of Law, Common Law Section) is a researcher who specializes in traditional Indigenous governments, Cree laws and the translation between Canadian and Indigenous laws, Indigenous women and legal advocacy, and activism by and for Indigenous peoples.
Andrew Pelling (Faculty of Science) is a leader in the field of mechanobiology and bioengineering. His research has illuminated new strategies for controlling cells, including the first demonstration that plant-derived biomaterials are an excellent platform for guiding tissue growth and regeneration.
Marie-Eve Sylvestre (Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section) is a researcher whose work looks at the punitive regulation of poverty and social conflicts related to the occupation of public spaces, and alternatives to use of the courts.
The University of Ottawa currently has 110 Royal Society of Canada fellows and 20 members of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. The newly-elected fellows and members will be welcomed by the RSC at a ceremony in Halifax this November.