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Office of the Vice President Research

The Office of the Vice-President Research works in collaboration with both institutional and external stakeholders to optimize both fundamental and commercial research activities and to maximize the visibility of their impacts and outcomes locally, nationally, and internationally.

This team works actively to lead high-level research partnerships and coordinate strategic initiatives between Laurentian University, funding agencies, government organizations, private sector entities, and industry.

By cultivating and supporting large-scale university wide programs and initiatives aligned with Laurentian University Strategic Research Plan, the Office of the Vice-President Research aims to foster and support a vibrant institutional environment in which innovative and transformational research can be achieved. 

 

Office of the Vice-President Research Staff

Dr. Tammy Eger headshotDr. Tammy Eger
Vice-President of Research
Parker Building, L-1111
Email: vpresearch@laurentian.ca

Dr. Tammy Eger is a Full Professor at Laurentian University in the School of Human Kinetics and was the inaugural Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety with the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health (2015-2019). Her research interests focus around the application of ergonomic and human factors principles in industry. She is the co-founder of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health and co-developer of the first mobile occupational safety and health research lab in Ontario.

Dr. Eger is an author of over 50 journal papers, 100 conference abstracts, and has delivered more than 50 invited presentations around the world. She has received over five million dollars in research funding as a principal and co-investigator from: the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, Canadian Foundation for Innovation, the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and the Ontario Ministry of Labour. Dr. Eger was also instrumental in raising over four million dollars to support the operations of the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health during her tenure as Director and Research Chair. 

Dr. Eger attended Queen’s University earning Bachelor’s degrees in Biology, and Physical and Health Education, and a Masters and Doctoral degree with a specialization in occupational biomechanics. She is an alumna of the Homeward Bound Projects international leadership program for women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine. 

Gisele Roberts headshotGisele Roberts
Manager, Innovation and Commercialization
Parker Building, L-650
Phone: 705-675-1151 (3866)
Email: groberts@laurentian.ca

Gisele graduated from Laurentian University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.  Prior to joining Laurentian University in 2007 as a technology transfer officer, she worked as a registered nurse in a small northern community and a research associate at the Northeastern Ontario Regional Cancer Centre, co-authoring a number of peer-reviewed articles.  She is an experienced business professional in the university research and commercialization sector, responsible for managing and supporting the disclosure and protection of intellectual property created at the university; negotiating agreements, license fees, royalties, etc. for technology transfers; and advising faculty and staff on matters pertaining to intellectual property.  As co-lead in the planning and implementation of the new Jim Fielding Innovation and Commercialization Space at Laurentian University, she is responsible for the management of centre programming and operations.  She is also program lead and administrator of a shared entrepreneurship program with Cambrian College and Collège Boréal.  As an active participant in economic development activities that support innovation at the university and within the City of Greater Sudbury, Gisele has developed a strong network of partners and supporters locally, provincially and nationally.

Heather Dufour
Innovation and Commercialization CoordinatorHeadshot of Heather Dufour
Cliff Fielding Building, CF-201
Phone: 705-675-1151 (5095)
Email: hdufour@laurentian.ca

Heather obtained a B.Sc. in Forensic Science/Analytical Chemistry and a M.Sc. in Chemical Sciences from Laurentian University. She has ample experience in student and colleague training as well as using chromatography and high resolution mass spectrometry to investigate organic molecules. Heather has also published peer-reviewed articles in analytical chemistry journals such as the Journal of Analytical Toxicology, Analysis Methods and the Journal of Chromatography B. From April 2018 to April 2021, Heather was the lead technologist in the Perdue Central Analytical Facility and was responsible for set-up and daily operations in the facility as well as implementing health and safety procedures. She also maintained facility equipment, trained facility users on equipment use and participated in method development for faculty, students and industry. 

In May 2021, Heather began a new role as innovation and commercialization coordinator. In this role, she will support the development, operation and promotion of the Jim Fielding Innovation and Commercialization Space through training, mentoring and networking. 

Lynn Leclerc headshotLynn Leclerc
Executive Administrative Assistant
Parker Building L-1111
Phone: 705-675-1151 (3944)
Email: lleclerc@laurentian.ca

As a student, Lynn Leclerc began working at the Laurentian University Jeno Tahanyi Pool from 1977 to 1981.  After spending a few years working in Toronto, Lynn returned to Sudbury. In October 1987, she began her career at Laurentian University, at first accepting part-time contracts in various departments. In August 1988, she accepted a full-time position in the Financial Services Office as the Secretary to the Director of Financial Services. In February 2005, Lynn accepted the position of Administrative Assistant to the Associate Vice-President, Research. Over the past ten years, the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Research has evolved into the Office of the Vice-President, Research.

As the Executive Assistant to the Vice-President, Research, Lynn is responsible for managing the Vice-President’s calendar and email; ensuring the effective functioning of the office; overseeing all budgets; is the recording secretary and administrative support to the Research, Development and Creativity Council, the Research Ethics Board Liaison Committee; the Research Coordination Group; and various implementation and search committees.

Office of Research Services

The mandate of Office of Research Services (ORS) is to support researchers with all aspects of their research activities. This mandate encompasses a broad suite of services which includes assisting researchers in every step of the pre and post research grant funding process, grant funding administration, knowledge mobilization, human participants research ethics, animal use protocols, and intellectual property management and technology transfer.

This support includes, but is not limited to:

  • reviewing and providing feedback on grant applications,
  • assisting faculty in finding appropriate external funding opportunities,
  • managing and offering support for internal funding opportunities,
  • delivering workshops about grant opportunities and grant writing best practices,
  • meeting one-on-one with faculty to develop grant proposals as well as long-range plans for research funding,
  • assisting with mid- and end-of-grant progress reports,
  • working as a liaison between researchers and funding agencies to resolve issues or answer questions,
  • working as a liaison between researchers and the finance department to resolve issues, and
  • support and assistance with the ROMEO database.

Office of Research Services Staff

Lise Carrière headshotLise Carrière
Post-Award and Ethics Officer
Lead ROMEO Administrator
Parker Building, L611
Phone: 705-675-1151 (2429)
Email: lncarriere@laurentian.ca

As the Post-Award and Ethics Officer, Lise’s main responsibilities are to work with the research team and serve as the office of record for all awards and ethics certifications made to researchers. She is responsible for preparing funding reports on funding received and manages recordings of information in databases and other records. She also monitors and facilitates compliance for all ethics and awards regulations and requirements. She assists investigators and project personnel throughout the duration of their award with their obligations under the terms and conditions of the awards. Lise serves as the university’s ex-officio representative on the Research Ethics Boards and the Animal Care Committee. Finally, she is the lead administrator for the ROMEO database, an online database-driven system that manages certifications and awards and tracks grant status and facilitates funding disbursements. Lise offers a variety of additional services to the University, including presentation and workshops on the ROMEO system and a variety of research ethics topics.

Lise joined the Office Research Services team as the Research Contracts Officer. Lise came to Laurentian in 2007, where she worked at the Institut franco-ontarien in the role of Executive Assistant. In 2010, she accepted a Nurse Practitioner/MScN Clinical Placement Coordinator position at the School of Nursing. Lise has built her career in a variety of roles and industries where she learnt quickly how to adapt to different working environments.

Andrée Noiseux headshotAndrée Noiseux
Research Advisor
Parker Building, L-617 
Phone: 705-675-1151 (2423)
Email:  aj_noiseux@laurentian.ca

Andrée is responsible for all pre-award processes related to Social Sciences and Humanities, coordinating the development of the Canada Research Chair Equity, Diversity and Inclusion action plan, ORS communications, The Key research magazine and Research Week. She also coordinated the development of Laurentian's Strategic Research Plan 2019-2023.

Andrée completed an undergraduate degree in History and Spanish at Laurentian University in 2007 and a Master’s degree in International Development and Globalization at the University of Ottawa in 2012. She worked for non-profit organizations in the field of gender equality in Bolivia, Burkina Faso and Ottawa, before returning to Sudbury where she worked for the Institut franco-ontarien and the Francophone Affairs Office at Laurentian University. Andrée has experience in grant proposal writing, project coordination, program evaluation and student mobility pathways. 

Sean Parsons headshotDr. Sean Parsons
Research Advisor
Parker Building, L-613
Phone: 705-675-1151 (3406)
Email: sa_parsons@laurentian.ca

Sean began his career at Laurentian University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in Biochemistry, in 2001.  After Laurentian, Sean moved to Queen’s University where he completed a Ph.D. in Biochemistry in 2007, working in the Queen’s University Cancer Research Institute.  From Queen’s, Sean moved to the University of Calgary where he pursued post-doctoral studies, as a member of the Snyder Institute for Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity.  Following a second post-doctoral fellowship at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Sean moved back to Sudbury, accepting a position in 2012 as a Grants Development Officer. Sean joined the Office of Research Services at Laurentian in September of 2015.

Sean’s responsibilities include pre-award assessment and development in the natural sciences, health sciences, and engineering; assisting researchers in finding potential sources of funding.

Casey Sigurdson
Administrative Assistant
Parker Building, L-607
Phone: 705-675-1151 ext. TBD
Email: csigurdson@laurentian.ca

As the administrative assistant for the Office of Research Services Casey provides administrative support to the Director, the Research Activities Managers, the University veterinarian, the Post-Award Officer and the Research Contracts Officer. She also serves as recording secretary on the Research Ethics Board, the Animal Care Committee and the Research, Development and Creativity Council. 

Research Coordination Group

To enhance research excellence and faculty engagement at Laurentian University, the Office of the Vice-President, Research has organized a Research Coordination Group (RCG), which will contribute to the decision making process at the University level regarding resource allocation and utilization, and coordinate the implementation of major research endeavours at the Faculty level. The RCG is composed of five Research Coordinators; one from each Faculty. The Research Coordinator plays a leadership role in coordinating research and scholarly activities in their Faculty and represents their Faculty on the RCG. 

Topics discussed at the RCG meetings include:

  • Strategic planning for major university-wide research initiatives

  • Long-term projection and planning for major research equipment needs

  • CRC and other Research Chair allocation and recruitment

  • Mentoring and internal peer-review programs

  • Teaching release recommendation to Deans

  • Faculty- and department-based Research Database and outcome matrix

  • Celebration of Research – Research Week, media events, profiling

  • Matching money for research initiatives

  • Research space allocation

  • Centralization of major research equipment

  • Other research administrative issues at the faculty level.

Research Coordinators

  • Faculty of Arts - TBD
  • Faculty of Education - TBD
  • Faculty of Health - Roxanne Bélanger
  • Faculty of Management - Amirmohsen Golmohammadi
  • Faculty of Medicine - David MacLean
  • Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture - TBD

Tri-Council Representatives

  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research - Alexander Moise
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council - Thomas Merritt
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council - Diana Coholic

Office of the Vice-President Research

  • Chair / Vice-President Research - Tammy Eger
  • Executive Administrative Assistant - Lynn Leclerc
  • Manager, Innovation and Commercialization - Gisele Roberts

Office of Research Services

  • Research Advisor - Sean Parsons
  • Research Advisor - Andrée Noiseux

Tri-Council Leaders

The Tri-Council Agencies, made up of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), are major sources of research funding for post-secondary institutions in Canada. Tri-Council funding is vital for providing a supportive environment for fundamental and applied research, training highly qualified personnel, and fostering innovation at Laurentian University.

The primary function of the Tri-Council Leaders is to build synergies between the Agencies and the university community by facilitating the exchange of knowledge regarding research trends, new research programs, policies and directions, as well as identifying new opportunities for interdisciplinary research collaborations. Laurentian’s Tri-Council Leaders will be the university’s key interlocutor at national meetings, where they will have the opportunity to express the viewpoints of Laurentian’s research community. Within the university, locally and regionally, the Tri-Council Leaders will promote the Tri-Council’s mandate by engaging in outreach and consultation activities which will promote the research and scholarly works in each research discipline.   

Headshot of Alexender MoiseDr. Alexander R Moise
NOSM-Laurentian University

- Associate Professor, Medical Sciences Division, Northern Ontario School of Medicine at Laurentian University

- BSc. Hon. Genetics and Ph.D. Zoology (2000), University of British Columbia

- Postdoctoral training in Ophthalmology (U. Washington) and Pharmacology (Case Western Reserve University)

- Recruited to NOSM/Laurentian in 2017 from University of Kansas where he held an Associate Professor position in Pharmacology and Toxicology

- Research supported by NSERC and NIH (NICHD) is focused on the roles of vitamin A in embryonic development, vision and regulation of metabolism

- Awarded a Fulbright US Scholar Award held at the Brazilian Biosciences National Laboratory (LNBio)  

- Has served on grant review panels for NSERC, NIH, American Heart Association, Israel Science Foundation, and German Research Foundation

- Co-chair of the FASEB Retinoid Meeting and a member of scientific advisory and award committees for the American Association for Anatomy and the Society for Birth Defects Research and Prevention 

Headshot of Thomas MerrittDr. Thomas Merritt
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
tmerritt@laurentian.ca

Dr. Thomas Merritt is a functional genomicist with a wide range of research projects connecting genetic diversity and biological complexity. Much of this research quantifies interactions across metabolic networks in the Drosophila (fruit fly) model system integrating population and molecular genetics, genetic engineering, and environmental stresses to examine simple and complex phenotypes including broad metabolomics effects and epigenetic gene regulation. Recent work has radiated out to address questions of community and metabolic diversity in locally and globally important microbes that drive environmental damage in mine drainage environments. These microbial projects are addressing interesting questions in both applied and fundamental science. All projects are unified by common questions addressing the translation of gene and genome diversity into biological complexity.

Headshot of Diana CoholicDr. Diana Coholic
School of Social Work
dcoholic@laurentian.ca

Dr. Diana Coholic has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. Her SSHRC-funded research program is investigating the effectiveness of an arts-based mindfulness group program for the improvement of child/youth well-being. In September 2016, she began a new 3-year project with youth aged 11-17 years old who are experiencing challenges with schooling. Information can be found on her research website: www.dianacoholic.com.  

Diana is a core member of the research group ECHO - Evaluating Children's Health Outcomes (http://www.echoresearchcentre.com.) She is also the Academic Director for the Northern Ontario Region of YouthREX that has a mission to make "research evidence and evaluation accessible and relevant to Ontario’s youth sector through knowledge mobilization, capacity building and evaluation leadership."