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We play a critical role in providing research projects for the next generation of innovators. Undergraduate and graduate students also have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors in areas of discovery.

SASE is a hub of research of Coastal Studies and Health. We commit to research excellence in order to change the world we live in.


Dr. Thierry Chopin is pioneering a new approach to aquaculture that is environmentally responsible, economically profitable and socially acceptable. The work has been recognized by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), which recently awarded the project with a Synergy Award for Innovation.

Dr. Chopin is also a pioneer in the development of Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA). Over the last two years, he has been the most-read author from UNB for 102 weeks out of 107, according to ResearchGate. The number of reads per week has oscillated between 117 and 923, with an average of 339 reads per week.

Some of our researchers are registered as an affiliate group with JBI in Adelaide, Australia. Several members of this group, including Dan Nagel and Lisa Keeping-Burke, are collaborating with other Saint John organizations toward the completion of two systematic reviews of healthcare evidence.

World-class researchers with the Canadian Rivers Institute and University of New Brunswick's Department of Biological Sciences in Saint John and Department of Biology in Fredericton spent three years examining the health of waters in the Saint John Harbour.

The Natural Products Research Group, Christopher Gray, John Johnson and a team of research students are looking for potential cures to life-threatening diseases and infections in the fields and forests of New Brunswick and in fungi and algae from around the world.

Researchers at the Department of Computer Science have been collaborating with other stakeholders to develop a platform which makes it easier to monitor malaria by accessing data which helps mission-critical global surveillance. This solution makes it possible to identify disease trends and plan effective interventions.

Lucy Wilson’s geoarchaeology lab works on innovative ways of understanding how prehistoric people moved across the landscape and exploited the resources of their territories, using information on the rocks used to make stone tools. Their data-based approach is garnering international attention.

Shelley Doucet, professor in the Department of Nursing and Health Sciences, is the New Brunswick research lead for the Canadian Primary Care Research Network (CPCRN). The CPCRN is an established interdisciplinary and intersectoral network of people who collaborate on generating solution-focused innovations in primary health care delivery. The CPCRN’s vision is to create a sustainable pan-Canadian learning health system, supported by patient-oriented, practice-based research that improves primary care

One of Dr. Doucet's other impactful research initiatives is her work as the director of the Centre for Research in Integrated Care (CRIC). The centre is a living laboratory that develops and evaluates integrated models of patient-centred care for individuals with complex care needs and their families.

Dr. Tony Reiman is leading a pan-Canadian study on the lives of patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma, an incurable cancer of the blood and bone marrow. This study, the first of its kind, enables Dr. Reiman’s world-class research team to apply cutting-edge tools of precision and personalized medicine to better characterize, monitor and treat the disease.

Scott Pavey leads the Canadian Rivers Institute Genomics (CRI Genomics). The CRI Genomics Lab leverages state-of-the-art genomics techniques to address basic and applied questions in conservation, fisheries management, evolution and ecology. This research is used to conserve biodiversity, make aquaculture more sustainable and improve the management of fisheries. Examples of projects include high-resolution genome scans of cod and striped bass populations and using environmental DNA to determine the distribution of wood turtles in New Brunswick.


William Ganong Hall, K.C. Irving Hall and the Canadian Rivers Institute are the three main science buildings on campus.

Ganong Hall is a four-storey building designed for biology, chemistry, geology and physics. The building hosts the largest lecture theatre on campus, undergraduate course laboratories, a large greenhouse, a controlled environment room and multiple research labs.

K.C. Irving Hall is the home of the mathematics and statistics, engineering and nursing departments. It features modern classrooms and state-of-the-art research and computer labs, including flow-through wet labs for the biology department.

The Canadian Rivers Institute building houses both state-of-the-art laboratories in ecotoxicology and genomic (CRI Genomic) as well as fish husbandry facilities with plumbed dechlorinated freshwater and seawater.

Our computer science department is located on the third floor of Sir Douglas Hazen Hall and boasts dual-boot undergraduate and research computer labs.