Appointment of Professor Malcolm Campbell as Vice-Principal, Research, University of Toronto Scarborough

PDAD&C#1, 2009-2010


TO: Principals, Deans, Academic Directors and Chairs
FROM:    Professor Franco J. Vaccarino, Principal, UTSC & Vice-President, U of T
DATE: July 8, 2009
RE: Appointment of Professor Malcolm Campbell as Vice-Principal, Research, University of Toronto Scarborough

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Malcolm Campbell as Vice-Principal, Research of University of Toronto Scarborough, for a five-year term beginning August 1st, 2009.

Professor Campbell is a world-renowned leader in plant biology as well as an international authority on the regulation of gene expression in plants and the biochemical composition of plant matter. His research focuses on making sense of the instructions present within a plant – its genome – and how those instructions are turned into a functional organism.

Professor Campbell brings a strong record of accomplishment as a researcher and an administrator to the position. His appointment allows UTSC to build on our solid foundation of academic and research excellence. Professor Campbell has a PhD from the University of Guelph and an MA from the University of Oxford.

He worked in France for two years on an international research project funded by the European Union before moving to North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He later joined the faculty at Oxford, where he developed his own research group in the department of plant sciences. Professor Campbell has been at the University of Toronto since 2004, and is currently a Professor and Associate Chair of Graduate Studies in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology on the St. George campus.

Published widely, Professor Campbell maintains connections with many scientific organizations and has various professional affiliations. He has guest lectured at dozens of institutions around the world and has supervised many doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers. He has served on a number of scientific bodies, including the Canadian Society of Plant Physiology and the Institute of Forest Biotechnology. Professor Campbell contributes as an editorial board member, reviewer and author for numerous journals. He has served on committees for one of Canada’s key science granting agencies, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada (NSERC), and is the recipient of multiple research grants.

His recent studies have focused on finding ways to help plants better acclimate to global climate change, fix carbon, contend with drought, and function as better sources of carbon in order to produce renewable energy in the form of biofuels. His research scope includes molecular biology and biotechnology, systems biology and bioinformatics, cell and developmental biology, functional genomics and genetics.

I am delighted that Professor Campbell will be joining UTSC in this important leadership role and am confident that his contributions will go a long way to enhancing and nurturing our focus on innovation and discovery. Please join me in welcoming Professor Campbell to his new role.