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Kent Moore, PhD
Vice Principal, Research
Professor of Physics
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Elspeth Brown, PhD
Associate Vice-Principal, Research
Professor of History

Elspeth H. Brown is Professor of History at the University of Toronto. Her research concerns queer and trans history; the history and theory of photography; the history of US capitalism; and oral history. She is the author of Work! A Queer History of Modeling (Duke, 2019) and The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 (2005). She is co-editor of Feeling Photography (Duke University Press, 2014, with Thy Phu), “Queering Photography,” a special issue of Photography and Culture (2014), and Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960 (Palgrave, 2006). She is the Director of the LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a multi-year digital history and oral history public, digital humanities collaboration. At the University of Toronto, she is also Faculty Lead for the Critical Digital Humanities Initiative, a three-year Institutional Strategic Initiative. She is an active volunteer and former President of the Board for The ArQuives: Canada’s LGBTQ2+ Archives.


Professor Josh Milstein

Josh Milstein, PhD
Associate Vice-Principal, Research - Facilities
Associate Professor of Chemical & Physical Sciences

Josh Milstein is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences (CPS), with a graduate appointment in the Department of Physics. His research focuses on developing and applying single-molecule biophysical techniques and computational / bioinformatic methods to address challenges in cell signalling, gene regulation, and microbial population dynamics. Learn more about the Milstein Lab.

Josh has received the UTM Research Prize in the Sciences, an Ontario Early Researcher Award, and a New Researcher Award and a Science Leadership Fellowship from the Connaught Foundation. His research has been funded by Mitacs, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the Human Frontiers Science Program (HFSP), and, most recently, by the Data Sciences Institute and Medicine by Design. 

Josh was previously Associate Chair, Research for CPS and is co-director of the UTM INSPIRE Scholars Summer Program, jointly sponsored through the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry (CMC) and the Institute for Management and Innovation Executives Programs (IMIx).


Dr. Payam Zahedi

Payam Zahedi, PhD
Director, Research
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Payam Zahedi is the Director of UTM’s Office of the Vice-Principal, Research. 

Since receiving his PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences from U of T, under the supervision of Professor Christine Allen, Payam has served a number of leadership positions in Canada.

Starting in 2012, he supported the Chair of the Radiation Medicine Program at the Princess Margaret Cancer Center on research and operational activities. In 2015, he was the Manager of Science Affairs and Knowledge Mobilization at the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine, before starting in the role of Scientific Manager for UofT’s Medicine by Design Program. His last post was as Director of Strategic Planning and Operations at UBC where he helped launch the School of Biomedical Engineering.

Payam’s leadership abilities, along with experiences in research administration and partnership forming, enables the OVPR to continue to provide outstanding support to the UTM research community.