Vice-Principal Research – Professor H. Bernie Kraatz



  • The Vice-Principal Research is responsible for enhancing the overall research stature of U of T Scarborough locally, nationally and internationally.
  • The Vice-Principal Research works closely with the Vice-President Research to ensure that there is coordination and alignment of U of T Scarborough’s research activities within the broader context of the University of Toronto.
  • The Office of the Vice-Principal Research aims to help faculty develop and implement broad strategic research visions at U of Toronto Scarborough. The Office serves as a liaison with the University of Toronto Research Services Office (RSO), Innovations and Partnerships Office (IPO) and Research Oversight and Compliance Office (ROCO).

Zahra Bhanji


Director – Dr. Zahra Bhanji



Contact Zahra for matters related to:

  • U of T Scarborough research planning, services and infrastructure including vivarium
  • Office of the Vice-Principal Research operations, programs and initiatives 
  • Research communications, partnerships and innovation activities 
  • U of T Scarborough governance activities related to the Office of the Vice-Principal Research including Chairs and Directors and Research Advisory Board

Michael Manley

Research Operations & Financial Officer – Michael Manley



Contact Michael for matters related to:

  • Internal, operational aspects of the U of T Scarborough research enterprise
  • U of T Scarborough internal research funding initiatives
  • Research space and infrastructure
  • Office of the Vice-Principal Research financial accounts including New Faculty Start up fund, The Hub and vivarium
  • Research performance indicators, impacts and profile

Manager, Research Services and Partnerships - Dr. Shaun Young



Contact Shaun for matters related to:

  •  Development of research partnerships with external organizations
  •  Research services and supports
  •  Research communications


Research Administration Officer – Vacant - Contact Dr. Shaun Young



Contact Shaun for matters related to:

  • Funding opportunities for faculty in the sciences, mathematics, and computer science
  • Consultation for research application preparation
  • Canada Research Chair (CRC) applications
  • Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI) applications
  • Mitacs funding Opportunities
  • Communication of research
  • My Research Applications (MRA) approval process
  • External Awards and Honours
  • Faculty Research Awards at University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Student research funding awards & programs (e.g. NSERC USRA's, UTEA's, Work Study)

Research Administration Officer – Sharon George



Contact Sharon for matters related to:

  • Support for external funding opportunities for faculty in the social sciences and humanities
  • Dissemination of research funding and awards & honours opportunities
  • Consultation for project alignment with available funding opportunities
  • Information for research application preparation including editing services available
  • My Research Applications (MRA) 
  • External research awards and honours in the social sciences and humanities
  • Student research funding (e.g. SSHRC UTEA's)

Kristine Peruzzi

Assistant to the Vice-Principal Research – Kristine Peruzzi



Contact Kristine for matters related to:

  • Vice-Principal Research schedule and activities
  • Acquiring the Vice-Principal Research’s signature
  • Graduate Student Travel Grant Program and Research Impact Fund
  • Office financial processing
  • Office of the Vice-Principal Research meetings and events 

Michelle Wodzak-Staruch

Vivarium Manager (Interim) – Christine Beswick



Contact Christine for all matters related to the Vivarium including:

  • Day to day vivarium operations
  • Preclinical Study Planning
  • Facility Orientation and Badge Access
  • Animal Imports, Orders and Transport
  • Technical Services
  • Equipment Rental
  • Procedure Room Scheduling
  • Diagnostics
  • Special Orders (Pharmaceuticals, Diets)
  • SOPs, Guidelines, Policies and Forms

Gray Graffam


Director, The Hub – Dr. Gray Graffam



Contact Gray for matters related to:

  • Programming in the best practices of early-stage entrepreneurship, including Lean Startup, Blue Ocean Strategy, and Zero to One
  • Work space for U of T Scarborough students to engage with each other in the spirit of entrepreneurship
  • Opportunities for students to work on real hands-on projects that offer research and entrepreneurial in collaboration with partners
  • University of Toronto students and recent alumni who wish to pursue innovation and entrepreneurship as part of their future career path