Faculty Profiles

Dr. Genevieve Ali
Assistant Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Clayton H. Riddell Faculty of Environment, Earth and Resources
Junior Chair, Watershed Systems Research Program

Dr. Genevieve Ali joined the University of Manitoba in February, 2012.  Her research focuses on hydrology and biogeochemistry with the exploration of how runoff, nutrients and pollutants move through landscapes.  After being trained at the Université de Montréal , and prior to her current appointment, Dr. Ali held a Postdoctoral Research Associate position at the Northern Rivers Institute, University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

Dr. Ali is the Junior Chair of the Watershed Systems Research Program (WSRP), which was established by the Government of Manitoba in 2010 to examine solutions to the water quality and water quantity issues in Lake Winnipeg and its drainage basin. Dr. Ali’s research will involve monitoring water transport and storage mechanisms in the field and devising numerical models to predict how Prairie watersheds can be managed in case of enhanced flooding, diffuse pollution or land use and climate changes.

  
Dr. Genevieve Ali


Dr. Andrea Charron
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Charron joined the University of Manitoba in July, 2012.  She has two main areas of research interest: peace and security (especially involving the UN Security Council and the application of sanctions), and Canadian foreign and defence policy (especially related to the Arctic).  Dr. Charron is working on a joint research project with Dr. Boulden, Royal Military College and Oxford University Press, on creating a searchable Security Resolution database and accompanying book. In addition, she is a coapplicant of SSHRC Aid to Workshop Grant application with Drs. Nossal and Boulden to explore the coordination (or lack thereof) between UN and AU peacekeeping operations in Africa.

  
Dr. Andrea Charron


Dr. Chuang Deng
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Faculty of Engineering

Dr. Chuang Deng joined the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in February 2012. His major interests are modeling and computational simulations of the mechanics and microstructural evolution in nanostructured materials.

Dr. Deng graduated from Fudan University, China with a BS degree in Materials Physics and earned his PhD degree in Materials Science at the University of Vermont, USA. Dr. Deng started his PhD research in the Physics Department and worked on X-ray diffraction of polymer fibers and later transferred to the Department of Mechanical Engineering and the field of atomistic modeling and simulation. Dr. Deng focused on the yielding and plasticity in metallic nanowires with the presence of special interfaces and surface features. Dr. Deng continued his research in atomistic modeling and simulation as a postdoctoral associate with Prof. Chris Schuh at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, during which his research interests expanded to structure-property relationships in metallic glass, nanocomposites, and nanocrystalline metals and alloys.

  
Dr. Chuang Deng


Dr. Danielle Dubois
Assistant Professor, Department of Religion

Dr. Danielle Dubois joined the Department of Religion as Assistant Professor of Medieval/Early Modern Christianity in July 2012. Her research interests include Medieval Christian Mysticism and Spirituality, Medieval Philosophy and Theology, Knowledge and Gender, and Spiritual Exercises

Prior to joining the University of Manitoba, Dr. Dubois was a Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Fellow at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where she earned her doctoral degree. She also holds degrees from the Université de Montréal (MPhil) and the University of Saskatchewan (BA).

  
Dr. Danielle Dubois


Dr. Julie Gibbons
Assistant Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts

Dr. Julie Gibbings is an assistant professor in the Department of History.  She completed her PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in May 2012.  A specialist in modern Latin America, she has a specific research interest in nineteenth and twentieth century Guatemala, a country that emerged from genocidal civil war in 1996 with a strong indigenous revitalization movement. Dr. Gibbings is currently completing a book length project on how struggles over the meaning and limitations of the universal ideals of citizenship and freedom were waged through discourses on history and race in Guatemala. Her work helps us to understand why international development and human rights discourses would later be so powerful for so many marginalized and excluded peoples.

  
Dr. Julie Gibbings


Ms. Karin James
Instructor, Department of German and Slavic Studies, Faculty of Arts

Karin James is an Instructor of German in the Department of German & Slavic Studies and the community outreach liaison for the German section of the department. As such, her work includes cooperation with schools and programs offering German language classes, raising awareness of the department’s work and finding ways of involving students in events within the community.

Karin was born in Germany and received her BA(Hons) and MA from the University of Manitoba. She also holds a certified translator’s certificate from the Association of Translators and Interpreters of Manitoba. Her teaching and research interests reach into all aspects of foreign language acquisition, intercultural communication in foreign language teaching and learning, language certificate training as well as translation.

  
Ms. Karin James


Dr. Royce Koop
Department of Political Studies, Faculty of Arts

Royce Koop (PhD British Columbia) is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Manitoba. He was the University Postdoctoral Fellow at Memorial University in 2009-10, the Skelton-Clark Postdoctoral Fellow at Queen’s University in 2010-11, a SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University in 2011, and Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University in 2011-12. His research interests include political parties (particularly their grassroots organizations), representation, federalism, municipal politics, and online political communication.

He is the author of Grassroots Liberals: Organizing for Local and National Politics (UBC Press, 2011) and co-editor of Canadian Parties, Elections and Voters: A New Era (UBC Press, forthcoming). His research has appeared in Canadian Journal of Political Science; Journal of Elections, Public Opinion, and Parties; Canadian Public Policy; Representation; Public Policy Sources; Social Science Computer Review; Canadian Journal of Communication; Policy and Internet; and Federal Governance.

  
Dr. Royce Koop


Dr. Lisa Lix
Professor & Manitoba Research Chair, Department of Community Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

Dr. Lisa Lix returns to the University as a Manitoba Research Chair and leader of a new Data Sciences Unit in the George and Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation. Lisa was formerly Associate Professor and Centennial Chair in the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan (2008 – 2012) where she led the development of MSc/PhD programs in Biostatistics and served as Site Director of the Western Regional Training Centre (WRTC) in Health Services Research. Her research interests include health services research methodology, quality of administrative health databases, the analysis of repeated measures and longitudinal data, and robust statistical methods for patient-reported outcomes.

  
Dr. Lisa Lix


Mr. Paul Messing
Instructor, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science

Mr. Messing joined the Faculty of Science as an Instructor in January, 2012.  His teaching responsibilities include Anatomy of the Human Body and Physiology of the Human Body as well as acting as the Lab Coordinator for Principles of Ecology.

Paul was born in Winnipeg, MB and did his undergraduate training at the University of Manitoba. After several years of traveling and working outside of Winnipeg Paul returned to do his PhD at the University of Manitoba.

  
Mr. Paul Messing


Dr. Fiona J. Moola
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management
Scientist, Manitoba Institute for Child Health

Dr. Moola completed Undergraduate, Masters, and Doctoral Degrees at the University of Toronto and a Post Doctoral Fellowship at Concordia University.Her studies, which focused on psychological wellbeing and the role of physical activity for sick children, were funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

As a professor of health psychology, her interests pertain to psychological wellbeing in people with chronic illnesses (cystic fibrosis and congenital heart disease) and disabilities, and the use of physical activity and exercise to improve mental health. She primarily works with sick children and families in clinical settings, employing the use of the cognitive behavioural tradition to promote behaviour change. Dr. Moola also maintains active, but secondary lines of research in the area of sport and exercise psychology, mental health and addictions, disability studies, adapted physical activity, and qualitative research methodologies

 
Dr. Fiona J Moola


Dr. Kateryn Rochon
Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology, Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences

Dr. Kateryn Rochon obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology at Université de Sherbrooke, in the Eastern Townships of Québec. After completing a one-year internship in a nematology lab at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in St-Jean-sur-le-Richelieu, she moved to Lethbridge, Alberta, to work on her MSc degree. She worked on the persistence of E. coli in house flies and stable flies, showing these insects used the bacterium differently throughout their development, and therefore had a different potential to act as vectors.

She then moved to North Carolina to pursue a Ph.D. in Veterinary Entomology. Her dissertation work focused on the potential of stable flies to act as a vector for a swine virus causing serious problems to the industry at the time. During her training, she also worked on virus transmission in poultry, pest management on dairy farms, and dabbled in forensics.  Kateryn moved back to Canada to complete a three-year postdoctoral fellowship at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada in Lethbridge, where she did research on geographic distribution and sampling of Rocky Mountain wood ticks. Her research program at the U of M focuses on arthropods as vectors of both livestock and wildlife pathogens, with a current emphasis on tick distribution and ecology.>

 
Dr. Kateryn Rochon


Prof. Alyssa Schwann
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Architecture

Prof. Alyssa Schwann completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Design and her Masters of Landscape Architecture degree at the University of Manitoba. Her professional experience includes practice as a landscape architect and urban designer in Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands with projects in North America, Europe, and Africa. She spent several years at the internationally renowned landscape architecture and urban design office of West 8 (Rotterdam NL) as a landscape architect and urban designer. Her work focused on the deign of parks, gardens, and public spaces, including the high profile urban design projects for Toronto’s Central Waterfront and Governors Island, NY. Prior to West 8, Alyssa worked for Chris Blandford Associates (London UK), on large-scale urban design and infrastructural projects, such as Crossrail, as well as historically listed parks and gardens.

Alyssa’s research interest focuses on the dynamics of urban frameworks as mechanisms for exploring how nature within the city can be re-imagined from environmental, cultural, historical, and experiential perspectives. The aim of her research is to develop new and re-configured existing models of green spatial networks which respond to urban redevelopment, ecological and environmental dynamics, local biotopes, physical conditions, and social and cultural practices. Through case studies, visual representation, analytical methodologies, and dynamic mapping, Alyssa's research speculates how a re-imagined natural world can be represented, juxtaposed and integrated in our urban environments.

 
Prof. Alyssa Schwann


Ms Donna Sikorsky
Assistant Librarian, E.K.Williams Law Library, Libraries

Donna Sikorsky joined the Libraries as an Assistant Librarian in January 2012. She is the Law Liaison Librarian, providing reference and instruction services to the Faculty of Law and related disciplines. She obtained a BA from the University of Manitoba and an MLIS from the University of Alberta.

Ms Sikorsky was previously the librarian at a law firm in Winnipeg and was responsible for the delivery of the firm’s legal research and instruction programs. Her interests include the integration of information literacy in the curriculum, legal research competencies and assessment, as well as copyright.

 
Ms. Donna Sikorsky