Professor Kent Moore 

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Professor Kent Moore, PhD
Vice Principal, Research
Professor of Physics
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Steven Short is Associate Professor from the Department of Biology. Steve is a world-leading scholar of aquatic microorganisms, with over 120 peer-reviewed articles, presentations and invited lectures, and he continues to make fundamental discoveries on the role of viruses and phytoplankton in aquatic ecosystems. Most recently, in 2020, he and his colleagues at the University of Waterloo earned a prestigious Exploration Grant from Canada’s New Frontiers in Research Fund, awarded in recognition of the novel approach they have proposed for the production of human glycosylated proteins. 

As a long-standing member of UTM's Research Council and Biology’s current Associate Chair of Research, Steve brings his thorough knowledge of UTM’s research operations and priorities to the portfolio, particularly in the laboratory sciences. In addition, he has robust experience with major national funding programs, including CFI, NSERC and NFRF, and he has served on several NSERC adjudication committees. 

Professor Steven Short

Professor Steven Short, PhD
Associate Vice-Principal, Facilities
Associate Professor of Biology



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 to 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.

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


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. 

Dr. Payam Zahedi

Payam Zahedi, PhD
Director, Research
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