Research Office Staff

People and programs to support research

The people in Dalhousie’s Medical Research Development Office (MRDO) are dedicated to helping our researchers succeed. They foster a positive and collegial environment for research and ensure that medical researchers at all levels—from student to senior faculty member—have access to the facilities, collaborators, funding, training and other supports they require to conduct excellent research.

Our MRDO team:

Eileen Denovan-Wright, PhD
Associate Dean, Research

• advance innovative research agenda
• recruitment and retention
• research space

John Sapp, MD, FRCPC, FHRS
Assistant Dean, Clinical Research

• clinical research and clinical trials
• collaborative and multidisciplinary research
• clinical and basic science linkages
• research career development, clinical faculty

Kirill Rosen, PhD
Acting Assistant Dean, Graduate & Postdoctoral Studies
• graduate student and post-doctoral fellow rep
• career development for graduate and post-doc trainees
• Professional & Research Education Program (PREP)

Paul Atkinson, MB BCh BAO, MA (Cantab), FRCPC
Assistant Dean, Research – Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick (DMNB)
• DMNB research programs and facilities
• collaboration with partner institutions and clinicians
• recruitment and retention of DMNB researchers
• chair DMNB Faculty of Medicine Research Council

Sara Lavender, MSc
Director, Medical Research Development Office (MRDO)
• research strategy, policy, projects and communications
• research and CORES finance
• research chairs – recruitment, review and renewal
• peer review and mentor programs

Jessica Connors, PhD
Manager, Research Infrastructure and Support
• infrastructure, CFI and CORES facilities operations
• awards and nominations
• research facilitation

Emma Marquis, BSc
Manager, WAVE Programs 
• strategic support for research teams

Sandy Bennett
Administrative Assistant
Phone:    902-494-1395
• administrative, technical and logistical support