Leadership

The Academic Director, Executive Director, and appointed faculty Associate Directors form the Executive Team and oversee day-to-day operations of the DSI.

Lisa Strug

Director, DSI

Lisa Strug is a Professor in the Departments of Statistical Sciences, Computer Science and the Division of Biostatistics, and the Director of CANSSI Ontario, at the University of Toronto. She is also the Associate Director of The Centre for Applied Genomics and a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children.

Professor Strug is a statistical geneticist and her research focuses on the development of novel statistical approaches to analyze and integrate multi-omics data to identify genetic contributors to complex human disease.

Gary Bader

Associate Director, Data Management, Research Software, Advanced Research Computing

Gary Bader is Professor and Ontario Research Chair at the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research, with cross-appointments in the Departments of Computer Science and Molecular Genetics.

Professor Bader is an affiliate of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Timothy Chan

Associate Director, Research and Thematic Programming

Timothy Chan is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Director of the Centre for Analytics and AI Engineering (CARTE).

Professor Chan is an affiliate of the Vector Institute, University Health Network, and St. Michael’s Hospital. Professor Chan’s primary research interests are in operations research, optimization, and applied machine learning with applications in healthcare, medicine, sustainability, and sports.

Ethan Fosse

Associate Director, U of T Scarborough

Ethan Fosse is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Toronto Scarborough. He is also Director of the Social Change Lab at the University of Toronto and an External Collaborator with the Inequality Lab at the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Broadly, Professor Fosse’s research uses novel quantitative methods to understand social and cultural change with projects examining the economic, religious, and political views of recent birth cohorts.

Helen Lasthiotakis

Director, Operations and Strategy

Helen Lasthiotakis has held senior roles at U of T, most recently as Executive Director, Research & Strategic Initiatives in the Division of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation.

Dr. Lasthiotakis is responsible for the development and management of strategic plans and partnerships, the development of thematic and collaborative research strategies, and oversight of the DSI’s fellowship, training and event programs, and strategic communications plans.

Bree McEwan

Associate Director, U of T Mississauga

Bree McEwan is an Associate Professor in the Institute for Communication, Culture, and Information Technology at the University of Toronto Mississauga.

Professor McEwan's research examines the intersection of interpersonal communication and social technologies. Current projects include researching interpersonal aspects of online information diffusion and virtual reality as a pedagogical tool.

Laura Rosella

Associate Director, Education and Training

Laura Rosella is an Associate Professor in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and in the Faculty of Medicine’s Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology. Professor Rosella’s expertise and research centers on advanced analytic methods for population health and health system applications.

Professor Rosella is an affiliate of the Vector Institute, the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society and Site Director for ICES U of T. She holds the Inaugural Stephen Family Research Chair in Community Health at the Institute for Better Health, Trillium Health Partners.