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

Meet our researchers


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 of 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 University

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.