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Fellows & Advisors

CIFAR fellows are among the most highly cited and honoured researchers in the world, including 19 Nobel Laureates who have been associated with CIFAR since its inception. All share a commitment to long-term collaboration in pursuit of answers to important questions.



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CIFAR Program Directors

LMB_YoshuaBengio

Yoshua Bengio

  • Program Co-Director
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
Charles Boone

Charles M. Boone

  • Program Co-Director
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
W. Thomas Boyce

W. Thomas Boyce

  • Program Co-Director
  • Child & Brain Development
  • University of California San Francisco
  • United States
Bio Outline

Oliver Ernst

  • Program Co-Director
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
HMB_BrettFinlay

B. Brett Finlay

  • Program Co-Director
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn Goodale

  • Program Co-Director,
    Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
    Ivey Fellow
  • Western University
  • Canada
GEU_VickyKaspi

Victoria M. Kaspi

  • Program Director,
    Gravity & the Extreme Universe
    R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow
  • McGill University
  • Canada
michelelamont

Michèle Lamont

  • Program Co-Director
  • Successful Societies
  • Harvard University
  • United States
LMB_HugoLarochelle

Hugo Larochelle

  • Associate Program Director
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
LMB_YannLaCun

Yann LeCun

  • Program Co-Director
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Facebook AI Research
  • New York University
  • United States
Dwayne Miller

R.J. Dwayne Miller

  • Program Co-Director
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Max Planck Institute for the Structure and Dynamics of Matter
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Adrian Owen

Adrian M. Owen

  • Program Co-Director
    Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
    Koerner Fellow
  • Western University
  • Canada
IOG_TorstenPersson

Torsten Persson

  • Program Director
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Stockholm University
  • Sweden
Paul Pierson

Paul Pierson

  • Program Co-Director
  • Successful Societies
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
Bio Outline

David Poulin

  • Program Co-Director
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
HMB_JanetRossant

Janet Rossant

  • Program Co-Director
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Frederick P. Roth

  • Program Co-Director
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
BSE_EdwardSargent

Edward Sargent

  • Program director,
    Bio-inspired Solar Energy
    Heffernan Director
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Marla Sokolowski

Marla B. Sokolowski

  • Program Co-Director
  • Child & Brain Development
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QIS_SteinbergAephraim

Aephraim M. Steinberg

  • Associate Program Director
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QM_LouisTaillefer

Louis Taillefer

  • Program Director
  • Quantum Materials
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
IOG_FrancescoTrebbi

Francesco Trebbi

  • Associate Program Director
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada

CIFAR Fellows

QIS_ScottAaronson

Scott Aaronson

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • United States
IOG_DaronAcemoglu

Daron Acemoglu

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
IanAffleck

Ian Affleck

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
IOG_PhilippeAghion

Philippe Aghion

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Collège de France
  • France
IOG_GeorgeAkerlof

George Akerlof

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Georgetown University
  • United States
IOG-Anderson_Siwan

Siwan Anderson

  • Associate Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
QM_RYoichiAndo

Yoichi Ando

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Cologne
  • Germany
Brenda Andrews

Brenda Andrews

  • Senior Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
AlanAspuruGuzik

Alán Aspuru-Guzik

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
LMB_FrancisBach

Francis Bach

  • Senior Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • École normale supérieure Paris
  • Inria
  • France
QM_LeonBalents

Leon Balents

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of California Santa Barbara
  • United States
Bio Outline

Wolfgang Baumeister

  • Senior Fellow
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry
  • Germany
Tim Bayne

Tim Bayne

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Monash University
  • Australia
Marc G. Bellemare

Marc G. Bellemare

  • Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Google Brain
  • McGill University
  • Canada
RolandBenabou

Roland Bénabou

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Princeton University
  • United States
BSE_CurtisBerlinguette

Curtis P. Berlinguette

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
IOG_TImothyBesley

Timothy Besley

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • United Kingdom
Bio Outline

Lars Bildsten

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • United States
Bio Outline

Alexandre Blais

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Alexandre Blais

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Immanuel F. Bloch

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Ludwig-Maximilians University
  • Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics
  • Germany
SS_IreneBloemraad

Irene Bloemraad

  • Senior Fellow
  • Successful Societies
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
IOG_MatildeBombardini

Matilde Bombardini

  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
J Richard Bond

J. Richard Bond

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
DougBonn

Doug Bonn

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
HMB_ThomasBosch

Thomas Bosch

  • Senior Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • University of Kiel
  • Germany
Michel Bouvier

Michel Bouvier

  • Senior Fellow
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
GillesBrassard

Gilles Brassard

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
QM_CollinBroholm

Collin Broholm

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • United States
QM_DavidBroun

David Broun

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Canada
QIS_RaffiBudakian

Raffi Budakian

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
QIS_RaffiBudakian

Raffi Budakian

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
QIS_PaoloCappellaro

Paola Cappellaro

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
Bio Outline

Jules P. Carbotte

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Robert Cava

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Princeton University
  • United States
AravindaChakravarti

Aravinda Chakravarti

  • Senior Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • New York University School of Medicine
  • United States
Bio Outline

Christopher J. Chang

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
GEU_MarkChen

Mark C. Chen

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Queen's University
  • Canada
AndrewChilds

Andrew Childs

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Maryland
  • United States
Bio Outline

Matthew W. Choptuik

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
David Clayton

David Forrest Clayton

  • Senior Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • United Kingdom
Axel Cleeremans

Axel Cleeremans

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Université Libre de Bruxelles
  • Belgium
QIS_RichardCleve

Richard E. Cleve

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
QIS_WilliamCoish

William A. Coish

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Aaron Courville

  • Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
AndreaDamascelli

Andrea Damascelli

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Stanislas Dehaene

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Collège de France
  • France
MelissaDell

Melissa Dell

  • Associate Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Harvard University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Eugene A. Demler

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Harvard University
  • United States
LMB_JamesDicarlo

James DiCarlo

  • Associate Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
IOG_DanielDiermeier

Daniel Diermeier

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of Chicago
  • United States
GEU_MatthewDobbs

Matt Dobbs

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Steve Dodge

Steve Dodge

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Canada
IOG_MauricioDrelichman

Mauricio Drelichman

  • Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
CatherineDrennan

Catherine L. Drennan

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • United States
Maitreya Dunham

Maitreya Dunham

  • Senior Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Washington
  • United States
HMB_EranElinav

Eran Elinav

  • Senior Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Weizmann Institute of Science
  • Israel
Bio Outline

Richard S. Ellis

  • Associate Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • European Southern Observatory
  • University College London
  • Germany
Bio Outline

Joseph Emerson

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
IOG_JamesFearon

James Fearon

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Stanford University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Rob Fergus

  • Senior Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • New York University
  • United States
photo of Ila R. Fiete

Ila R. Fiete

  • Senior Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • United States
DANIEL FIGEYS

Daniel Figeys

  • Senior Fellow
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • University of Ottawa
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Ian Fisher

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
LMB_DavidFleet

David J. Fleet

  • Senior Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Joshua Folk

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
QM_PatrickFournier

Patrick Fournier

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • Canada
IOG_PatrickFrancois

Patrick Francois

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Paul Frankland

Paul Frankland

  • Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Canada
QM_MarcelFranz

Marcel Franz

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Andrew Fraser

Andrew Fraser

  • Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
LMB_NandoDeFreitas

Nando de Freitas

  • Senior Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Oxford
  • United Kingdom
Brendan Frey

Brendan J. Frey

  • Senior Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Brendan Frey

Brendan J. Frey

  • Senior Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Thomas Fujiwara

  • Associate Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Princeton University
  • United States
LMB_SuryaGanguli

Surya Ganguli

  • Associate Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Stanford University
  • United States
BruceGaulin

Bruce D. Gaulin

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
QM_GuillaumeGervais

Guillaume Gervais

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McGill University
  • Canada
HMB_TamaraGilesVernick

Tamara Giles-Vernick

  • Senior Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Institut Pasteur
  • France
QM_MichelGingras

Michel J. P. Gingras

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
Anna Goldenberg

Anna Goldenberg

  • Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Melvyn Goodale

Melvyn Goodale

  • Ivey Fellow
    Program Co-Director,
    Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Western University
  • Canada
DanielGottesman

Daniel Gottesman

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics
  • Canada
IOG_AvnerGreif

Avner Greif

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Stanford University
  • United States
BSE_RienkVanGrondelle

Rienk van Grondelle

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • VU University
  • The Netherlands
HMB_PhilippeGros

Philippe Gros

  • Trottier Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • McGill University
  • Canada
SS_DavidGrusky

David B. Grusky

  • Senior Fellow
  • Successful Societies
  • Stanford University
  • United States
HMB_Karen-Guillemin

Karen Guillemin

  • Senior Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • University of Oregon
  • United States
Megan Gunnar

Megan R. Gunnar

  • Associate Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • University of Minnesota
  • United States
SS_PeterHall

Peter A. Hall

  • Associate Fellow
  • Successful Societies
  • Harvard University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Mark Halpern

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
SIHYUN HAM

Sihyun Ham

  • Senior Fellow
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Sookmyung Women's University
  • South Korea
BSE_SharonHammes-schiffer

Sharon Hammes-Schiffer

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Yale University
  • United States
LMB_ZaidHarchaoui

Zaid Harchaoui

  • Associate Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Washington
  • France
QM_DavidHawthorn

David G. Hawthorn

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
PatrickHayden

Patrick Hayden

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • Stanford University
  • United States
IOG_ElhananHelpman

Elhanan Helpman

  • Distinguished Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Harvard University
  • United States
IOG_JosephHenrich

Joseph Henrich

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Harvard University
  • United States
Takao Hensch

Takao K. Hensch

  • Senior Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • Harvard University
  • United States
Philip Hieter

Philip Hieter

  • Senior Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Kim Hill

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Arizona State University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Leanne S. Son Hing

  • Senior Fellow
  • Successful Societies
  • University of Guelph
  • Canada
GEU_GaryHinshaw

Gary Hinshaw

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
QM_JenniferHoffman

Jennifer Hoffman

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Harvard University
  • United States
GEU_GilbertHolder

Gilbert Holder

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • United States
PeterHoyer

Peter Høyer

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Calgary
  • Canada
Timothy Hughes

Timothy R. Hughes

  • Senior Fellow
  • Genetic Networks
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Randall G. Hulet

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Rice University
  • United States
QM_KarynLehur

Karyn Le Hur

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • École polytechnique and CNRS
  • France
Bio Outline

Harold Y. Hwang

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
LMB_AapoHyvarinen

Aapo Johannes Hyvärinen

  • Associate Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University College London
  • Finland
QM_TakashiImai

Takashi Imai

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
Atsushi lriki

Atsushi Iriki

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • RIKEN Brain Science Institute
  • Japan
Bio Outline

Werner Israel

  • Distinguished Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • University of Victoria
  • Canada
IOG_MatthewJackson

Matthew Jackson

  • Senior Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • Stanford University
  • United States
QIS_Jennewein

Thomas Jennewein

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
SS_JaneJenson

Jane Jenson

  • Associate Fellow
  • Successful Societies
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Ruixue Jia

  • Associate Fellow
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth
  • University of California San Diego
  • United States
Sheena Josselyn

Sheena A. Josselyn

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • Hospital for Sick Children
  • Canada
QM_StephenJulian

Stephen R. Julian

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Catherine Kallin

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • McMaster University
  • Canada
GEU_VickyKalogera

Vicky Kalogera

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Northwestern University
GEU_VickyKaspi

Victoria M. Kaspi

  • R. Howard Webster Foundation Fellow
    Program Director,
    Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • McGill University
  • Canada
Daniela Kaufer

Daniela Kaufer

  • Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • University of California Berkeley
  • United States
Lewis Kay

Lewis Kay

  • Senior Fellow
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
Bio Outline

Frédéric Keck

  • Fellow
  • Humans & the Microbiome
  • Musée du quai Branly
  • France
QM_KeeHaeYong

Hae-Young Kee

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QM_BernhardKeimer

Bernhard Keimer

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research
  • Germany
Robert Kentridge

Robert Kentridge

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • University of Durham
  • United Kingdom
QM_YongBaekKim

Yong Baek Kim

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Toronto
  • Canada
QM_StevenKivelson

Steven Kivelson

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Stanford University
  • United States
MIchael Kobor

Michael S. Kobor

  • Senior Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • University of British Columbia
  • Canada
Bryan Kolb

Bryan Kolb

  • Senior Fellow
  • Child & Brain Development
  • University of Lethbridge
  • Canada
LMB_KonradKording

Konrad Kording

  • Associate Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • United States
Bio Outline

Gabriel Kotliar

  • Associate Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • Rutgers University
  • United States
Bio Outline

Sid Kouider

  • Senior Fellow
  • Azrieli Program in Brain, Mind & Consciousness
  • École normale supérieure
  • France
SS_WillKymlicka

Will Kymlicka

  • Senior Fellow
  • Successful Societies
  • Queen's University
  • Canada
LMB_Simon

Simon Lacoste-Julien

  • Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • Université de Montréal
  • Canada
QIS_RaymondLaflamme

Raymond Laflamme

  • Senior Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science
  • University of Waterloo
  • Canada
QM_LindsayLeBlanc

Lindsay J. LeBlanc

  • Fellow
  • Quantum Materials
  • University of Alberta
  • Canada
BSE_MarioLeclerc

Mario Leclerc

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • Université Laval
  • Canada
LMB_LeeHonglak

Honglak Lee

  • Associate Fellow
  • Learning in Machines & Brains
  • University of Michigan
  • United States
GEU_LuisLehner

Luis Lehner

  • Senior Fellow
  • Gravity & the Extreme Universe
  • Perimeter Institute
Ming Lei

Ming Lei

  • Senior Fellow
  • Molecular Architecture of Life
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • China
Bio Outline

Karl Leo

  • Senior Fellow
  • Bio-inspired Solar Energy
  • TU Dresden
  • Germany