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Portrait of R. John MacLeod

R. John MacLeod

I received my Ph.D. in Experimental Medicine from McGill University and did my Post-doctoral work at the Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School). From 2003 to 2013 I held a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (GI Cell Physiology). My research focuses on a) how increased dietary calcium prevents colon cancer using transgenic mice and b) how Amphetamine triggers addiction in rats (Amphetamine triggers the same intracellular signals which cause colon cancer). We are also studying the molecular determinants of Wnt ligand secretion in the intestine, as disruption of this pathway leads to intestinal inflammation and cancer.



Portrait of Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin holds a BSc and a PhD from the University of Toronto and a MSc from Queen’s University. He joined Queen’s University in 1984 and is currently a Professor in the School of Computing. His web page is at





Portrait of Jennifer Medves

Jennifer Medves

Dr. Jennifer Medves is in the second term of her position as Vice-Dean (Health Sciences) and Director of the School of nursing. She is a member of local and provincial committees whose mandate is to examine nursing education, nursing practice and health human resource planning. Her research program is Nursing in Healthy Rural Workplaces. Dr. Medves teaches in the Master of Healthcare Quality program as well as theory and philosophy of nursing in the masters and PhD programs in the School of Nursing. Publications include interprofessional education and practice, the use of simulation in education, and rural nursing practice.



Portrait of James Mingo

James Mingo

I received my PhD in Mathematics from Dalhousie University. I taught at Purdue University, UCLA, and the University of Toronto before coming to Queen's in 1987. I am now Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. My research is in free probability and random matrices, an area with applications to economics, statistics, wireless communications, and theoretical physics as well as many areas of mathematics. I teach courses at all levels: from first year undergraduates to PhD students.


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Portrait of Ian Moore

Ian Moore

Ian Moore hails from Edmonton, Alberta and is currently an MPA/JD student. His professional background includes stints in student government, management consulting, transportation planning, political campaigning, and citizen engagement. He is passionate about Canadiana, sustainability, and social justice, and actively seeks ways to connect these interests in his personal and professional commitments. In February 2013, Ian was recognized by the Alberta Council for Global Cooperation as a 2013 Top 30 Under 30 for his contributions to Alberta’s sustainability community. He holds a BA in Political Science and Human Geography from the University of Alberta.



Portrait of Jordan Morelli

Jordan Morelli

I arrived at Queen's University in 2003 and have enjoyed each year here since more than the previous one.






Portrait of Marie Myers

Marie Myers

Marie J. Myers (Doctorate, ULP, France) came to Queen’s in 1992 from Dalhousie. She always has a full teaching load. Her research interests encompass language development, transcultural communication, pragmalinguistics and sociopragmatics, the grammar of pictures and systems theory. She spoke in over 25 countries with recent keynotes at ICONTE (Antalya, Turkey), the University of Vienna (UNESCO and LSP, an AILA SIG); has three published books and over 100 refereed articles and chapters. She was an Invited Professor in Linguistics (Roma Tre, Malaya, McQuarrie, HoChiMinh, Hong Kong and Kunming, China). She organized many conference workshops including AILA (International Association of Applied Linguistics), IPra (the World Pragmatics Association), is on editorial boards of several academic journals. She came here on a Canada Council for the Arts award and held funding from SSHRC (EvNet) and the Ontario Ministry of Education.


Portrait of Leila Notash

Leila Notash

Dr. Leila Notash is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering. Her research area includes robotics with emphasis on parallel manipulators and failure recovery and fault tolerant operation. She is an associate editor of the Mechanism and Machine Theory and the Transactions of the Canadian Society for Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Notash is a licensed member of the Professional Engineers Ontario, a Fellow of Engineers Canada, and a recipient of the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Volunteer Service Award.


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Portrait of Lynette Purda

Lynette Purda

Dr. Purda is an associate professor and RBC Fellow of Finance at Queen's School of Business. She teaches in a variety of the school's graduate programs including the Masters of Finance, Masters of International Business and Executive MBA. She has been at Queen's since 2002 following her Ph.D. studies at the University of Toronto. Lynnette's research examines fraud, corporate governance, and credit markets. She currently sits on the board of Queen's student-run stock portfolio, the Queen's University Investment Counsel, and is a former board member of Queen's Daycare.



Portrait of Eric Rapos

Eric Rapos

Eric Rapos is a PhD Candidate in the School of Computing, and previously completed both his undergrad and his MSc here at Queen's. Eric's research is in the field of model-based test evolution of automotive models. Eric has had an active role in University Governance over the past 6 years, being involved in the Computing Students Association, the Graduate Computing Society and the Society of Graduate and Professional Students. Eric has a passion for policy, and plans to put that to use during his term on Senate. Visit for more information.




Portrait of David Rappaport


David Rappaport

I joined Queen's on July 1, 1986. My research is in theoretical computer science specializing in computational geometry. My Queen's website is at:  





Portrait of Robert Ross

Robert Ross

Dr. Robert Ross obtained a Bachelor degree in Physical Education from McGill University, Master’s (1988) and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the Université de Montréal in 1992. He is currently a Professor within the School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. His research program focuses on the identification and management of obesity and related co-morbid conditions. He is a Past-President of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Heart Association and is the Director of the Center for Obesity Research and Education at Queen’s.


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Portrait of Joanne de-la Parra

Joanne Rotermundt de-la Parra

Born and raised in Toronto, I began to pursue my passion for languages at Glendon College, where I majored in French and English. I was introduced to Spanish at Glendon, and soon fell in love with the language and all things Spanish. While doing my M.A. at Western, I was awarded a one-year scholarship to do research in Spain, and that year soon turned into five. I returned to Toronto to begin my Ph.D. in 1987, and have now been teaching all levels of Spanish language at Queen's for 23 years. If I'm not in Kingston, I'm probably in Madrid.




Portrait of Gaby Schachter


Gaby Schachter

Gaby Schachter is a fourth year student majoring in Political Studies and minoring in English. This is her first year sitting as a student senator, and she looks forward to the opportunity of representing the views of her peers in the senate.





Portrait of Brandon Tseung


Brandon Tseung

Brandon Tseung is a first year engineering student who intends to pursue dual degrees in Engineering Physics and Economics. This is his first year serving as a senator and he is excited to become actively involved within the Queen’s community by representing the students of the Engineering Society. With many interests and passions, he intends to make the most out of his experience at Queen’s. Outside of classes, he enjoys extra-curricular activities and socializing. Feel free to contact him on Facebook or by email.




Portrait of Peter Smolej


Peter Smolej

Peter is currently in his second year of a Life Science major with a minor in Health Studies. After many years of enrichment programs supplementing his unfulfilling traditional academic experience, Peter pursued the opportunity to intern for the Academic Affairs Commissioner of the AMS. With renewed optimism directed towards the field of educational reform, Peter currently co-chairs the University Issues Committee within the AMS. With an interest in the intersection of policy, governance, economics, and health, Peter also loves to travel and be outdoors. Keen in meeting new people, do not hesitate to contact him to talk at



Portrait of Emily Townshend

Emily Townshend

Emily Townshend hails from Brockville, Ontario and is both the first Queen’s and the first engineering student in her family. She has held many positions within the Engineering Society, most notably having been the coordinator of the December 6th Memorial for the last two years. An avid theatre enthusiast, Emily holds the distinction of being the only engineering student in recent history to take playwriting as an elective. Feel free to find her on Facebook, Twitter (@storyranger), or hanging out on campus.


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Portrait of Connor Wells

Connor Wells

Connor Wells is a first year medical student at Queen's School of Medicine. He completed a Bachelor of Health Sciences at the University of Calgary, concentrating in cancer biology and translational chemotherapy research in brain cancers, and is currently studying clinical outcomes in kidney cancer patients.





Portrait of Danyi Wu

Danyi Wu

Danyi Wu represents concurrent education as well as final year education students on Senate. Danyi herself is a second year Concurrent Education student, completing her B.AH with a major in Psychology, and B.Ed with Visual Arts and English as teaching subjects. Her academic interests involve the cognitive development of children and its affect on adulthood behaviour. Aside from sitting on the Teaching Awards Committee; Danyi also has an interest in mental health awareness and the improved development of West Campus which she hopes to share her ideas of throughout her term.




Portrait of Shahram Yousefi

Shahram Yousefi

Shahram Yousefi (P.Eng., SMIEEE) received his B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from University of Tehran. In September 1997, he returned from industry to join the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) of University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada, as an M.A.Sc. student where he received his PhD in September 2002. In October 2002, he joined the ECE Dept. of University of Toronto and since January 2003 he has been with the Department of ECE of Queen's University, Kingston, Canada, where he is currently a tenured Associate Professor and the Associate Head of the unit. For more visit:

Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000