Academic Board Candidates statements

Faculty of Arts & Science 

3 seats – 4 candidates

Tony Harris

Tony Harris has been a Professor of Cell & Systems Biology since 2005, and a Tier II Canada Research Chair. His CIHR- and NSERC-funded research examines how cells and tissues are built from dynamic molecular materials and their control systems. Professor Harris has trained 38 undergraduates and 23 postgraduates in his laboratory, and has taught molecular, cell, and developmental biology from 2nd year to the graduate level. As Associate Chair Undergraduate since 2015, he created program sub-focuses and associated learning communities, and enhanced undergraduate research opportunities. His committee and peer review service is substantial, including 12 years, in several roles, at CIHR.

Rachel La Touche

Dr. Rachel La Touche is an Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream in the Sociology Department at UofT. Her research centers on the social-psychological effects of inequality – she currently investigates how institutions of higher education structure the mental health experiences of students and faculty. Beyond research, Dr. La Touche boasts an interdisciplinary and international teaching repertoire. She has taught courses in research methods, stratification/inequality, mental health, education, and race/ethnicity for Indiana University-Bloomington, the University of Mannheim-Germany and at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program at the University of Michigan.

Nicole Mideo

Dr. Nicole Mideo is a leading scholar in disease ecology and evolution. Her research explores why some parasites cause severe disease while others are comparatively benign, what has shaped the evolution of parasite traits that underlie disease severity and transmission, and how these traits might change in the future. She received her PhD from Queen’s University and held postdoctoral positions at the University of Edinburgh and Pennsylvania State before moving to Toronto in 2013. She has a strong international reputation (e.g., delivering invited talks in ten countries), has been active in public science communication, and has enthusiastically contributed to university committees and outreach.

Denis Walsh

Denis Walsh (PhD McGill (Biology), PhD King’s College London (Philosophy)) is a philosopher of biology in the Department of Philosophy and the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. He joined the University of Toronto in 2005 and was a Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Philosophy of Biology from 2005 to 2015. His main research interests revolve around the interpretation of evolutionary theory and the nature of scientific explanation. He further investigates the place of organisms in evolutionary biology.