Angela Brooks-Wilson joined the Office of the Vice-President, Research on July 1, 2020 as the Associate Vice-President, Research pro tem (AVPR).
Dr. Brooks-Wilson has significant experience in academia with degrees in Biochemistry, Medical Biophysics and Genetics from SFU, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia respectively. She has also worked in the biotechnology industry in the United States and Canada. She brings a passion for higher education and research and a track record of success as a researcher. Dr. Brooks-Wilson is an SFU Professor in the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology. She is also a Distinguished Scientist at Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre at BC Cancer. She has served on advisory boards for the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. Her research focuses on the genetics of healthy aging and the genetics of susceptibility to cancer, particularly blood cancers, in families and populations. She leads a Healthy Aging Study in which exceptionally healthy elderly individuals, ‘Super-Seniors’, are helping to determine the genetic influences that contribute to healthy aging and protect against age-related diseases.
The AVPR is a full-time leadership role that supports the priorities and objectives of the Office of the Vice-President, Research. A key objective of the role is supporting the implementation and renewal of the Strategic Research Plan that positions SFU to grow its capacity in research and knowledge mobilization. The AVPR manages key institutional opportunities, such as institutional level funding proposals and strategic partnerships. The AVPR also plays a significant role in ensuring that SFU’s infrastructure and research operations continue to meet the needs of its faculty members.
Dr. Brooks-Wilson is well-positioned in her role to ensure that the research community receives the support and services needed to develop impactful programs of research.