Research Nova Scotia is proud to support research at Nova Scotia universities, colleges, healthcare institutions and affiliated centres.

Meet our researchers


Dr. Kyly Whitfield
Mount Saint Vincent University

Dr. Kyly Whitfield, an assistant professor of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University, wants to know why Nova Scotia has amongst the lowest rates of breastfeeding across Canada.

Dr. Stefanie Colombo
Dalhousie University, Agricultural Campus

Dr. Stefanie Colombo, Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Aquaculture Nutrition, is working to address a major challenge facing the aquaculture industry – climate change. Her research asks the question: how are we going to grow fish sustainably and efficiently in a warmer world?

Dr. Lesley Frank
Acadia University

Dr. Lesley Frank is an associate professor of sociology at Acadia University. Her research aims to improve our understanding of infant-food security in both breastfed and formula-fed babies in Canada.

Dr. Todd Ventura
Saint Mary’s University

Dr. Todd Ventura is the director of the Organic Geochemistry Lab at Saint Mary’s University. By studying microorganisms found in seep sites, his research aims to improve the economic viability and environmental impact of offshore drilling.

Dr. Olga Theou
Nova Scotia Health /Dalhousie University

Dr. Olga Theou is the Canada Research Chair in Physical Activity, Mobility and Healthy Aging. Her research aims to help Canadians understand and take charge of their own frailty.

Dr. Michael Freund
Dalhousie University

Dr. Michael Freund, a professor at Dalhousie University, is using his expertise in chemistry, physics, and electrical engineering to address existing technology gaps in the critical area of renewable energy development.

Drs. Pedneault & Leite 
Université Sainte-Anne 

Drs. Karine Pedneault and Gustavo Leite are working to bring Nova Scotia wines to the next level through Université Sainte-Anne’s Research Winery.

Dr. David Kelvin
Dalhousie University

Dr. Kelvin is an infectious disease expert with an international research program that carries out studies around the world. His team of researchers is currently focused on COVID-19.

Dr. Phil Tibbo
Nova Scotia Health / Dalhousie

Dr. Tibbo is the Director of the Nova Scotia Early Psychosis Program. His research is examining the link between cannabis use and early psychosis in youth and young adults.

Dr. Shah Razul
St. Francis Xavier University

Dr. Razul is an Assistant Professor in the department of Chemistry at StFX University. He’s focused his expertise on answering an important question facing one of Nova Scotia’s main exports: how do you keep lobster tasting fresh after it has been frozen?

Dr. Derek Charke
Acadia University

Dr. Charke is the creator and director of the new Acadia Electroacoustic Music Studio (AEMS). The AEMS is the first fully functioning multi-channel spatialized studio of its kind in Nova Scotia.