LEADERS

Discovery the world needs is rooted in knowledge, skill, technique and rigour. Our students and faculty are a vibrant cohort of scientists and scholars inspired by the opportunities our university affords. These are tomorrow’s leaders and today’s trailblazers driven by a spirit of curiosity, a willingness to test boundaries, and a belief in humanity’s potential to shape the future.


Expertise Spotlight

USask scientists and scholars are winning awards and breaking new ground in research.


Angela Bedard-Haughn

Angela Bedard-Haughn

Angela Bedard-Haughn is dean and professor from the College of Agriculture and Bioresources whose areas of specialization include applied pedology, soil carbon and nitrogen dynamics, wetland soils, digital soil mapping and soil information management. 

Andrew Grosvenor

Andrew Grosvenor

Andrew Grosvenor is professor of chemistry from the College of Arts and Science whose research focuses on how structural and compositional changes affect the electronic structure of rare-earth (and transition-metal) oxides, silicates, and pnictides using X-ray spectroscopy using the Canadian Light Source and the Advanced Photon Source.

Holly Graham

Holly Graham

Holly Graham is Indigenous Research Chair in Nursing and associate professor from the College of Nursing whose strength-based research focuses on Indigenous health, mental health, and wellness. A member of the Thunderchild First Nation, SK, she maintains an active practice as a Registered Doctoral Psychologist, working primarily with individuals who have experienced trauma and symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Ajay Dalai

Ajay Dalai

Ajay Dalai is Canada Research Chair of Bioenergy and Environmentally Friendly Chemical Processing & Distinguished Professor Chemical and Biological from the College of Engineering. His research areas include chemical reaction design, heterogeneous catalysis, biomass and bioenergy, petroleum processing, materials synthesis and characterization, gas processing, hydrotreating, sustainable energy, value-added processing, nanotechnology, gasification, and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis.

Corinne Schuster-Wallace

Corinne Schuster-Wallace

Corinne Schuster-Wallace is associate professor of geography and planning with the College of Arts and Science and a member of the Global Institute for Water Security. Her research areas include local water security for health, water, disease and climate change, water and sustainable development, and couple systems approaches. 

Arinjay Banerjee

Arinjay Banerjee

Arinjay Banerjee is a research scientist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) and adjunct professor in the department of Veterinary Microbiology with the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. His work investigates emerging bat-borne zoonotic viruses, such as coronaviruses, along with deciphering the immunological consequences of infection in reservoir species (e.g., bats) and spill over mammalian species (humans and agricultural animals). 

Heather Foulds

Heather Foulds

Heather Foulds is the Heart & Stroke/CIHR Indigenous Early Career Women’s Heart and Brain Health Chair and Co-Scientific Director of aen mamawii kiiayaahk (Healing Together) Métis Health and Wellness Research Network, as well as associate professor in the College of Kinesiology. Her research areas include Indigenous wellness, healthy aging and management of chronic conditions, and human performance. 

Steven Rayan

Steven Rayan

Steven Rayan is professor and Graduate Chair, Mathematics & Statistics from the College of Arts and Science, as well as director of the Centre for Quantum Topology and Its Applications (quanTA). He specializes in in algebraic, differential, and symplectic geometry, especially their relationship to mathematical physics and representation theory. His also holds interest in the properties of Higgs bundles and the Hitchin system; as well as the application of techniques from pure mathematics.

Shelley Kirychuk

Shelley Kirychuk

Shelley Kirychuk is associate professor from the College of Medicine and the Canadian Centre for Health and Safety in Agriculture. She is the Co-PI and Director of the CIHR-STIHR Public Health and the Agricultural Rural Ecosystem Training Program (PHARE). Her clinical interests include epidemiology of rural and agricultural related exposures and respiratory health outcomes. 

Allyson Glenn

Allyson Glenn

Allyson Glenn is associate professor of painting and drawing in the Department of Art & Art History from the College of Arts and Science. Her research area is contemporary figurative painting with a specialization in portraiture and the figure. Other areas include painting, drawing, 2D animation, and virtual and augmented reality. 

Ken Coates

Ken Coates

Ken Coates is professor and Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation from the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy. His research areas include regional innovation, university education and higher education generally, Indigenous rights and land claims, science and technology policy, Japan and Canada-Asia relations, northern governance and development, and circumpolar affairs. 

Erika Dyck

Erika Dyck

Erika Dyck is professor and Canada Research Chair in the History of Medicine from the College of Arts and Science whose research areas include the history of health and medicine, the history of madness and psychiatry, the history of eugenics, LSD and psychedelic drugs, and the history of reproductive rights.

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