RSAF Results

Updated: April 2024

Please find below a list of the U of T Mississauga research projects that have been funded through past competitions of the Research and Scholarly Activity Fund, as well as the number of applications and success rate for each competition.


April 2024 (February 2024 Competition)

(Applications received: 50;  Successful applications: 15; Success rate: 30.00%)

Matthew AdamsGGEIntraurban Carcinogenic Air Pollution in Eastern Africa 
Judith Pizarro AndersenPsychologyThe Double Bind: The Gendered Experience of Critical Incident Commanders During Training and Crisis Management
Cynthia CranfordSociologyStructuring Private Homecare in Ontario 
Teddy ErclikBiologySpatial and Temporal Patterning of Neural Stem Cells in the Fruit Fly Brain
Maciej Damian KorzynskiCPSUnlocking Alkyne Metathesis Catalysis in Metal-organic Frameworks 
Baohua LiuBiologyCircuit Mechanisms Underlying Visually Induced Motion Sickness
R. Cassandra LordHistorical StudiesInside La Barbería: Redefining Afro-Cuban Male Style and Aesthetics
Paula MauruttoSociologyAI Transformations in Criminal Law
Rob NessBiologyHow Mutations in Your Body Alter Ageing and Life Span
Alex N. Nguyen BaBiologySystematic Identification of Disease Causing Mutations in Transcription Factors of the X-chromosome 
Alana OgataCPSAdvancing Precision Medicine in Endometriosis: Development of a Biomarker-based Test 
Terry F. RobinsonEnglish & DramaEarly Deaf Theatre and Performance
Samuel RonfardPsychologyLearning from Disagreement: Children’s and Adults’ Beliefs about the Benefits of Talking to Someone with a Different Belief 
Jack SidnellAnthropology"Those People Are not Originally from Hanoi”: A Study of Language, Labour and Movement in North Vietnam
Gail SuperSociologyPenal Violence in Spaces of Rural Precarity 

April 2023 (February 2023 Competition)

(Applications received: 40;  Successful applications: 24; Success rate: 60.00%)

Katharina BraeutigamBiologySeed production without sex – (epi)genetic variation and adaptive success in a temperate grass
Cassidy D'AloiaBiologyQuantifying movement patterns of the sea cucumber Holothuria mexicana
Marc JohnsonBiologyPhylogenomics of specialization in plant-insect interactions
Arbora ResulayBiologyThe timescale of visual short-term memory in lateral visual cortex during perceptual decisions
Ho Sung RheeBiologyGenomic Characterization of Neuron-Specific Epigenetic Regulation
Adriano SenatoreBiologyExploration into the functional properties and contribution to virulence of the newly identified NALCN ion channel subunit, UNC-80, in the opportunistic fungal pathogen C.neoformans
Virginijus BarzdaCPSNonlinear Digital Histopathology of Tumor Margins for Prediction of Cancer Metastases
Andrew BeharryCPSLong-wavelength absorbing photoactivable β-lapachones for in vivo targeted anticancer therapy
Marta L. BryanCPSThe Movers and Shakers of Planetary Systems: Probing Planet Formation with Exo-Jupiters
Sebastian DyrdaEconomicsTaxing Multinational Enterprises in a Global Economy
Tim DuvalGGEDeveloping a Protocol to Assess Restoration Success of Abandoned Aggregate Pits and Quarries
Carrie AtkinsHistorical StudiesPreliminary Fieldwork for Identifying an Eroding Late Bronze Age Coastscape at Maroni-Tsaroukkas, Cyprus
Alessandro DelfantiICCITThe warehouse as a laboratory for digital automation
Dan GuadagnoloICCIT"After the Sale is Over": Marketing & Customer Relationship Management, 1980-2000
Jessica Burgner-KahrsMCSOptimal Teleoperation Control of Continuum Robots
Janine ClarkPolitical ScienceIndigenous Funding of LGBTQ and Sex Worker Activism in Africa: Decolonization, Democratization and Solidarity?
Andrea OlivePOL and GGERole of Private Property in the Public Goal of 30x0
Alison SmithPolitical ScienceAn Ounce of Prevention: Promising Practices in the Prevention of Homelessness
Erika CarlsonPsychologyThe role of self-defining traits in personality dynamics
Emily ImpettPsychologySacrifice as an Opportunity for Self-Expansion in Intercultural Couples
Elizabeth JohnsonPsychologyElectrophysiological measures of lexical development
Doug VanderLaanPsychologySexually and Gender-Diverse Identity Development and Wellbeing in the Context of High Societal Visibility and Acceptance: A Retrospective Mixed-Methods Study in Thailand
Benjamin WolfePsychologyA proof of concept for individual visual reading interventions in medical contexts
Timothy BryanSociologyChecking the street: Perceptions and feelings of safety and danger in Halifax, Nova Scotia

December 2021 (November 2021 Competition)

(Applications received: 34;  Successful applications: 18; Success rate: 52.94%)

Alex Nguyen BaBiologyPrediction of Human Variant Effects through Iterative Deep-mutational Scanning and Machine Learning
Mark CurrieBiologyStructural Basis of Progeria Disease Mechanism
Ted ErclikBiologyLong-range Temporal Patterning of Neural Stem Cells in the Fruit Fly Brain
Michael A. PhillipsBiologyGenome Sequence of Diviner’s Sage, Salvia Divinorum
Josh MilsteinCPSRevealing the Macromolecular Organization and Dynamics of GPCRs
ALana F. OgataCPSSingle-molecule Detection of Protein Biomarkers in Menstrual Blood for Disease Diagnostics
Sarah RauscherCPSElucidating the Interaction of the Human Protein TRIM5α with the HIV Capsid Using Molecular Simulations
Jumi ShinCPSNew franken-proteins as Synthetic Biology Tools that Control Genetic Circuits
Laura BrownGGEChanging Ice Cover and the Effects on High Arctic Lakes
Vincent KuuireGGEIdentifying the Drivers of COVID-19 Misinformation, Institutional Mistrust and Vaccine Hesitancy in Ghana and Liberia
Julie MacArthurHistorical StudiesKimathi at War: A Scholarly and Film Project on the Social Life of Forest Fighters during the Mau Mau Rebellion, 1952-56
Nicole CohenICCITDiversity and Equity in Media Union Collective Bargaining
Jessamyn SchertzLanguage StudiesAccentCorpus: a Shared Resource for the Study of Linguistic Diversity and the Perception of Accented Speech
Laura DerksenManagementEarly Childhood Development and Education in Malawi
Randy BescoPolitical ScienceRacial Attitudes in Canadian Politics and Public Policy
Loren MartinPsychologyIdentifying inhibitors of receptor tyrosine kinase ErbB4 for the treatment of chronic pain
Jennifer StellarPsychologyUnderstanding Compassion Fatigue
Anna KortewegSociologyThe Co-Construction of LGBTQ Subjectivity and National Borders: Queer Muslim Asylum Seekers in the Netherlands

December 2020 (November 2020 Competition)

(Applications received: 24;  Successful applications: 17; Success rate: 70.83%)

Nicole NovroskiAnthropology Developing an Improved Genetic Reference Dataset for Criminal and Civilian forensic Human Identification Efforts in Canada 
Esteban J. ParraAnthropology Exploring Age-Related Methylation Changes in a Sample of Elderly Individuals from Brazil 
Marcus M. Dillon Biology The Evolution of Antimicrobial Resistance in Dynamic Population Genetic Environments 
Ho Sung RheeBiology Distal Enhancers That Control the Fate of Motor Neurons 
Helene Wagner Biology Conservation Genetics of a Native Bee Community 
Andrew Beharry CPS Exploiting NQO1 for Targeted Photodynamic Therapy for Lung Cancer 
Lindsay Schoenbohm CPS The Record of Past Earthquakes in the Eastern Great Lake Basin 
Carolina Arteaga Cabrales EconomicsInnocent Victims: The Marketing of Prescription Opioids and Infant's Health 
Sebastian Dyrda Economics Business Tax Competitiveness: Canada vs. United States 
Terry RobinsonEnglish & DramaA History of Nobody - Now
Tenley Conway GGEExploring Urban Trees' Contribution to Wellbeing and Livability 
Tim DuvalGGE Urban Stream Sediment Fingerprinting: Unlocking the Mysteries of Continued Water Quality Impairment 
Igor Lehnherr GGE Climate Change and River Diversion Impacts on Mercury Inputs to Lhù’ààn Mân (Kluane Lake)
Trevor Porter GGE Long-Term Changes in Winter Climate, Sea Ice and Mercury Cycling in the Canadian Arctic Reconstructed from Ice Wedges 
Emily Impett Psychology Love in the Works: Promoting Trailing Partners' Well-Being after Job Relocation 
Chris SmithSociology Vice for Sale: Neighborhood Change and Illicit Markets 
Elizabeth Wijaya Visual StudiesMigratory Encounters Between Past and Present: A Cinematic Research-Creation Collaboration 


January 2020 (November 2019 Competition)

(Applications received: 43;  Successful applications: 21; Success rate: 48.84%)

Jack SidnellAnthropologyReference to Self and Other in Vietnamese: A Comparison of Interaction in Two Urban Settings
Katharina BraeutigamBiologyMolecular Mechanisms of Plant Sex Determination
Teddy ErclikBiologySelective Spatial Patterning of Neural Stem Cells in the Fruit Fly Brain
Peter M. KotanenBiologyUnderstanding the Emerging Risk of Plant Invasions in Tundra Ecosystems
Bailey McMeansBiologyA Predictive Framework for Abiotic and Biotic Controls on Lake Fish Production
Alexandra GillespieEnglish & DramaMachine Learning for Historical Script Recognition”
Matthew AdamsGeographyUrban Exposure to Carcinogenic Benzene
Ron BuliungGeographyInclusive Play and Childhood Disability
Vincent KuuireGeographyImproving Water Access for the Urban Poor: Examining Public Perceptions and Priorities for Safe Water in Ghana
Jue WangGeographyAn Exploratory Study of Individual Air Pollution Exposure Monitoring and Analysis
Negin DahyaICCITPortraits of Educational Change: Refugee Education, Gender & Technology
Derek DenisLanguage StudiesMulticultural Toronto English: Sources and Discourses
Marie-Paule LoryLanguage StudiesUnderstanding French Teachers’ Social Representations of Linguistic and Cultural Diversity
Dehan KongMCSNovel Statistical Methods for Alzheimer’s Disease Studies
Noel AndersonPolitical SciencePenny-Wise, Pound-Foolish? An Assessment of Security Force Assistance Program Effectiveness
Martha Balaguera CuervoPolitical ScienceAbolition, Legal Accompaniment and the Caravanization of Asylum at the US-Mexico Border
Emily C. NacolPolitical ScienceWriting about Plague: Contagion and Imagination in the History of Political Thought
Alexander ReisenbichlerPolitical ScienceFrom Heroes to Villain: The New Politics of Central Banking Since the Great Recession
Alison SmithPolitical ScienceGoverning Homelessness in Canada: Unpacking the Layers and Players in a Complex Policy Field
Elizabeth K. JohnsonPsychologySpeech Processing in Typically-Developing Children Versus Late Talkers
Iva ZovkicPsychologyGene-Specific Regulation of Nicotine Reward by the Histone Variant H2A.Z


January 2019 (November 2018 Competition)

(Applications received: 27;  Successful applications: 19; Success rate: 70.37%)

Sarah HillewaertAnthropologyYoga and Wellness as Development in Eastern Africa
Baohua LiuBiologyThe Circuit Mechanisms Underlying the Cortical Control of Innate Reflexes
Steven ShortBiologyThe Complex Interactions of a Host-Virus Consortium
Bryan StewartBiologyAnalysis of Human Muscle Physiology in a 3D Culture System
Ulrich FeklCPSSustainable, CO2‐neutral Fertilizer with the Help of Sunlight
Jochen HalfarCPSIce Edge: Sea-Ice and Glacier Retreat of Coastal Baffin Bay - Past, Present, and Future
Jumi ShinCPSOur Two-Pronged Combination of Rational Design & Directed Evolution toward Asthma Drug Discovery
Laura BrownGeographyModelling Changing Ice Covers in the Canadian High Arctic
Laurel BescoGeography and IMIInnovative Law and Policy Approaches to Mitigating GHG Emissions from Air and Maritime Transport
Igor LehnherrGeographySources of Toxic Methylmercury to Arctic Marine Waters During the Ice-on Season
Elspeth BrownHistorical StudiesLGBTQ2+ Oral History: Digital Futures and Community Engagement in the Peel Region
Boris ChrubasikHistorical StudiesSocial and Cultural History of Elites in the Seleukid Empire
Karen RuffleHistorical StudiesMaterialities of Religious Devotion & the Formation of Civic Cultures in Pakistan in the Everyday
Alessandro DelfantiICCITAmazon Robots and the Future of Work
Jessamyn SchertzLanguage StudiesFactors Influencing Perceptual Adaptation of Sound Categories: The Effect of Listener Experience
Erika CarlsonPsychologyWho Has Self-knowledge and How Do They Get It?
Melissa HolmesPsychologyEpigenetic Contributions to Social Control of Pubertal Timing
Emily ImpettPsychologyThanks for Trying! Maximizing Partner Change and Promoting Satisfaction Through Responsive Gratitude Expressions
Loren MartinPsychologyThe Modulation of Pain by Social Interactions

January 2018 (November 2017 Competition)

(Applications received: 35;  Successful applications: 20; Success rate: 57.14%)

Esteban J. ParraAnthropologyHealthy Land, Healthy People: An Ecosystem Approach to First Nation Health Using Metagenomics
David SamsonAnthropologyWhat is human sleep? A Global, Comparative Investigation of Sleep in Traditional Societies
Ingo EnsmingerBiologySequencing and Characterization of a Novel 16-kD Dehydrin Protein to Understand Its Role in low Temperature Acclimation and the Development of Cold Hardiness in Plants
Ho Sung RheeBiologyRoles of the BAF Chromatin Remodelling Complex in
Maintenance of Motor Neuron Identity
Voula KanelisCPSDesigning Drugs to Treat ATP-Sensitive Potassium (KATP) Channel Mutations That Cause Cardiac Disease
Marc LaflammeCPSInvestigating the Evolution of Complex Reef Ecosystems from Labrador, Canada
Lindsay SchoenbohmCPSAre Remnants of the Tibetan Plateau Preserved in the Southern Himalayan Thrust Belt?
Sebastian DyrdaEconomicsTaxes, Regulations of Businesses and Evolution of Income Inequality in the US
Liza BlakeEnglish & DramaChoose Your Own Poems and Fancies
Alexandra GillespieEnglish & DramaGlobal Networks for Premodern Writing Technologies
Terry RobinsonEnglish & DramaA History of Nobody: Being and Non-Being in Literature and
Art from the Early Modern Era to the Present
Matthew AdamsGeographyAir Pollution in Full Day Kindergarten Outdoor Play Areas
Yuhong HeGeographyDeveloping a Precision Farming Monitoring System with Multi-Source Remote Sensing and Mobile Apps
Nicole CharlesHistorical StudiesSuspicion: Vaccines, Biotechnologies and the Affective
Politics of Protection in Barbados
Vincent KuuireGeographyUnderstanding the Occurrence of Infectious Diseases and Noncommunicable Diseases in Rapidly Evolving Urban Environments
Kathi WilsonGeographyAn Exploratory Study of the Health Impacts of Changing
Settlement Patterns of Immigrants in Peel Region, ON
Sara HughesPolitical ScienceAccumulating Injustice: Tracing the multiple causes of the Flint Water Crisis
Shivaji MukherjeePolitical ScienceWhy are the Longest Insurgencies Low Violence? State
Motivations and Counter Insurgency Variation
Doug VanderLaanPsychologyCultural Influences on How Children Think About Cross-Gender Behaviour: A Preliminary Investigation in Thailand
Sida LiuSociologyEcologies of Globalization: China’s Shadow on the Legal Professions in Hong Kong and Taiwan


December 2016 (November 2016 Competition) 

(Applications received: 28;  Successful applications: 20; Success rate: 71.43%)

Tracy RogersAnthropologySkeletal Age at Death Estimation
Andrea MuehlebachAnthropologyWater, Politics, and the Democratic Imagination in Europe
Adriano SenatoreBiologySystems Level Analysis of Ligand-GPCR Signaling in the Simple Animal Trichoplax adhaerens
Michael A. PhillipsBiologyNew Plant Essential Oil Genes and Their Use in Food Safety
Sasa StefanovicBiologyHybridization and Polyploidy in Cuscuta (Dodders, Convolvulaceae)
Peter KotanenBiologyThe Impact of an Invasive Plant on Soil Microbiome Composition
Kent MooreCPSAtmospheric Forcing of Ocean Convection
Joshua MilsteinCPSThe Microbial Gene Swap: Studying Gene Transfer to Gain Insight into the Initiation and Spread of Infection
Ulrich FeklCPSMolecular Rotors for Device Applications
Ronald WolthoffEconomicsInformation Disclosure, Statistical Discrimination and Labor Market Outcomes
Holger Schott SymeEnglish & DramaShakespeare in Berlin, 1918-2018
Carrie FultonHistorical StudiesUnderwater Survey of the Ancient Anchorage of Maroni-Tsaroukkas, Cyprus
Alessandro DelfantiICCITWorker Mobilization in the Sharing Economy
Alex HannaICCITAutomating the Generation of Protest Event Data
Victoria McArthurICCITProject PARSEC (Pedagogical Applications for the Recruitment of Scientists, Engineers, and Cosmonauts)
Erin TolleyPolitical ScienceThe Canadian Municipal Election Study
Jennifer StellarPsychologyIdentifying the Mental and Physical Health Benefits of Experiencing Awe
Keisuke FukudaPsychologyEEG-Based Memory Monitoring and Intervention for Older Adults
Erika CarlsonPsychologyMeasuring Self-Knowledge
Kajri JainVisual StudiesInorganic Nature and Public Space in Post-Liberalization India


January 2016 (November 2015 Competition)

(Applications received: 21;  Successful applications: 14; Success rate: 66.67%)

Name      DepartmentProject
Teddy ErclikBiologySpatial and Temporal Patterning of Neural Stem Cells in the Fruit Fly Brain
Helene WagnerBiologyLandscape Genomics of Onset of Flowering in a Spring Wildflower
Marc LaflammeChemical & Physical SciencesThe Dawn of Animal Life from Central Iran
Sebastian DyrdaEconomicsHousehold Formation and Labour Market Outcomes: Europe vs. USA
Michel SerafinelliEconomicsMobility of Inventors and Innovation
Julie MacArthurHistorical StudiesMapping Decolonization: Sovereignty, Territory, and Belonging in Eastern Africa, 1950-76
J. Barton ScottHistorical StudiesOceanic Associations: Liberalism and Hindu Reform Across the British Empire
Cosmin MunteanuICCITIncreasing Older Adults' Online Safety: Understanding and Removing Barriers to Technology Adoption
Laurel BescoGeographyEngendering the Production of Corporate Environmental Norms: Energy Efficiency Targets in Ontario
Laura BrownGeographyLake Ice in the Canadian High Arctic
Tenley ConwayGeographyExploring Ecological and Socially Relevant Diversity in the Urban Forest
Doug VanderLaanPsychologyParent-Reported Mental Health Risk Among Gender-Nonconforming Children and Adolescents: An Examination of a Nonclinical, Community-Based Sample
Andrew MilesSociologyDoing Good, Feeling Good: Moral Identity, Emotion, and Psychological Well Being
Weiguo ZhangSociologyMigration, Aging and Well Being: Chinese Seniors in Canada


February 2015 (January 2015 Competition)

(Applications received: 26;  Successful applications: 13; Success rate: 50.00%)

NameDepartmentProject Title
Dan SchulzeChemical & Physical SciencesConstraints on the Origin of the Colorado Plateau
Liza BlakeEnglish & DramaArthur Golding's A Morall Fabletalke and Other Renaissance Moral Fables
Alexandra GillespieEnglish & DramaCollating Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
Ron BuliungGeographyUnderstanding Geographies of Childhood Dis/ability
Tim DuvalGeographyLand-use Effects on River Water Quality During Storms
Trevor PorterGeographyThe Last 18 Million Years of Climate Change in Continental Yukon and Alaska Reconstructed from Water Isotope Proxies
Nicole CohenICCITJournalistic Labour in the Digital Newsroom
Mihaela PirvulescuLanguage StudiesTrilingual Language Development and Maintenance in the French-immersion System
Sara HughesPolitical ScienceThe Politics of Sustainable Cities: Case Studies of Institutional Change
Emily ImpettPsychologyNot in the Mood? Development and Validation of the Sexual-Rejection Scale
Loren MartinPsychologyThe Role of Social Stress on the Initiation of Chronic Pain
Hae Yeon ChooSociologySpeculative Home-Making: Women's Labour, Class Mobility, and Real-Estate Investment in South Korea
Brian PriceVisual StudiesThe Elusive Image


October 2014 (September 2014 Competition)

(Applications received: 41;  Successful applications: 16; Success rate: 39.02%)

NameDepartmentProject Title
Esteban ParraAnthropologyHealthy Land, Healthy People: An Ecosystem Approach to First Nation Health Using Metagenomics
David SmithAnthropologyThe Social History of Precontact Huron-Wendat Communities in South-Central Ontario
Ingo EnsmingerBiologyScreening Tools for Assessing Adaptation of Conifers to Future Climate
Shannon McCauleyBiologyFood Web Assembly in Experimental Ponds
Steven ShortBiologyGenomic and Metagenomic Analysis of Freshwater Viruses
Ulrich FeklChemical & Physical SciencesForming Carbon-Carbon Bonds through Palladium (IV) Intermediates
Jochen HalfarChemical & Physical SciencesCalibrating Artic Coralline Algae to Sea Ice Cover
Jumi ShinChemical & Physical SciencesYeast as a Model System to Understand the Effects of Nanoparticles in the Environment
Igor LehnherrGeographyClimate Change Impacts on Methylmercury Production in Arctic Ecosystems
Nicola LaceteraManagementDo Beliefs About Repugnant Transactions Respond to Empirical Evidence? An Experimental Analysis
Andrea OlivePolitical ScienceLandowner Attitudes Toward Species at Risk in Ontario
Judith AndersenPsychologyUnderstanding the Psychological and Biological Impact of Compassion Fatigue and Compassion Satisfaction Among Police Officers
Erika CarlsonPsychologySelf-knowledge or Self-deception: Is Knowing How Others Perceive us Adaptive?
Norman FarbPsychologyThe Body’s Role in Training Healthy Emotions
Tina MaltiPsychologyEffects of Social Exclusion on Children’s Developmental and Behavioural Adaptation
Iva ZovkicPsychologyMemory Enhancing Effects of H2A.Z: Therapeutic Implications for Age-related


February 2014 (January 2014 Competition)

(Applications received: 16;  Successful applications: 9; Success rate: 56.25%)

NameDepartmentProject Title
Francis CodyAnthropologyMediating the People: Newspapers and Mass Politics in South India
Gary CrawfordAnthropologyUnderstanding Agricultural Origins in the Lower Yangzi Valley
Jeannine DeLombardEnglish & DramaHomes Protected by Law: Race & Real Estate in 19th-Century American Literature
Patrick GunningChemical & Physical SciencesPioneering Inhibition of UBA5 Enzymes for Use in Cancer Combination Therapy
Yuhong HeGeographyMapping Trees Infested by Emerald Ash Borer Using High Spatial Resolution Remote Sensing Data
Marc JohnsonBiologyFeedbacks Between Plants and their Soil Microbiome: An Experimental Next-Generation Sequencing Approach
Angela LangeBiologyUreases and Derived Peptides: Understanding the Neurotoxic Mechanism of Action in Insects
Joshua MilsteinChemical & Physical SciencesSuper-Resolution Imaging of Transcription Factories within Embryonic Stem Cells
Andrea MuehlebachAnthropologyWater, Politics, and the Democratic Imagination in Europe