Malcolm Campbell, Vice President, Research, University of Guelph

Malcolm Campbell, Vice President, Research, University of Guelph

Dr. Malcolm Campbell is Vice-President (Research) at the University of Guelph. He studied genetics, biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Guelph and University of British Columbia. Following post-doctoral work in Toulouse, France and Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Campbell held a tenured faculty position at the University of Oxford, combined with a tutorial fellowship at Oxford’s Brasenose College, for 8 years.

Dr. Campbell was recruited by the University of Toronto (U of T) in 2004, and simultaneously held professorial appointments at U of T in the Department of Cell & Systems Biology, the Faculty of Forestry, the Department of Biological Sciences, the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Graduate Department of Environmental Sciences. He was instrumental in the founding of the new Department of Cell and Systems Biology at University of Toronto (U of T), developing the graduate program for the department and serving as inaugural Associate Chair for Graduate Studies for the 150 student, tri-campus graduate program from 2006-2009.

In August 2009, Dr. Campbell was appointed Vice Principal of Research for University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC), a role in which he served until June 2015. During his tenure as UTSC VPR, he oversaw a period of extensive growth, increase in intensity, and dramatic enhancement of the competitiveness and reputation of the research enterprise at the eastern U of T campus. As of June 1, 2015, Dr. Campbell was appointed Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Vice-President (Research) at University of Guelph.

Dr. Campbell is a plant genome biologist who has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers (h-index=34, >6000 citations, averaging >100 citations/year). His research group focuses on genome biology, with a particular emphasis on tree genome function. His lab’s current research explores the role of the epigenome in conditioning plant responses to the environment.

Dr. Campbell has served on the editorial boards of Plant Biotechnology Journal, BBA Gene Regulatory Mechanisms, and BMC Genomics, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Institute of Forest Biotechnology, and the advisory board for New Phytologist.  He served as a Natural Science & Engineering Research Council (NSERC) grant evaluation committee member (GSC03 & EG1502) from 2007-2010, and reviews manuscripts and grant proposals for 20 other journals and research councils.  In the past 6 years he has been invited to present over 45 seminars at conferences, at research institutes, for industry, and at academic departments. He lends his experience in these areas, as well as in administration and strategic planning, to a number of journal editorial boards, scientific and non-scientific advisory boards, as well as governmental, non-governmental and community organisations.