Council Election - Members-at-large - Biographies

Council Member-at-large election biographies

Assem Hedayat

My name is Assem Hedayat. I joined the College of Dentistry in July 2011 as an assistant professor of biomaterials. Since then, I have been a professional affiliate with the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a member of the Division of Biomedical Engineering. I have 15 years of industrial experience in biomaterials, and previously served as a research scientist at the College of Medicine and received a $789,000 research grant as a co-principal investigator to develop a nanofabricated hemodialysis membrane.

I am motivated to join the council and to serve and assist on my assigned committees to accomplish the following tasks: 1) Reaching a state of long-term sustainability through efficient and effective use of our province’s human and natural resources wealth; 2) Propelling our provincial and national strategic research objectives in additive manufacturing, energy storage, and public health to new heights through diversity and interdisciplinary research; 3) Improving our aboriginal populations’ health by developing novel and economic biomaterials and biotechnologies that are affordable and easily accessible.


Jeffrey Lane

In 2016, I entered the fourth year of my appointment as an Assistant Professor in the College of Arts & Science (Biology Department). Originally from Calgary, Alberta, I completed graduate degrees in Regina (M.Sc.) and Edmonton (Ph.D.), as well as spending time in Europe (Edinburgh, UK and Montpellier, FR) as part of two post-doctoral fellowships. Two of the main draws to the University of Saskatchewan for me originally were its joint strengths in research and teaching excellence as well as the clear value placed on collaboration and collegiality. As a wildlife ecologist, the links across the Department of Biology and the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal and Poultry Science and Environment Canada were particularly appealing! Since arriving at the U of S, I have endeavoured to be involved in governance within my own department (serving 1-2 year terms on four different departmental committees as well as being the departmental representative to an affiliated college for the past three years). Having now established (at least the initial!) roots of my career here, I am excited at the opportunity of working with the University Council to become more deeply involved in the academic governance of the University of Saskatchewan.

Petros Papagerakis

Dr. Petros Papagerakis graduated from the School of Dentistry-Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece. He completed postgraduate training at the University of Paris (France) in Pediatric and Preventive Dentistry, Hospital Pediatric Dentistry, Biomedical Sciences (BSc), Oral Biology (MSc), and Cellular and Developmental Biology (PhD). He also completed NIH-funded post-doctoral training in Craniofacial Molecular Genetics at the University of Texas, USA. Petros served as faculty of Dentistry (primary) and Medicine (affiliated) at the 7th University of Paris, the University of Texas and the University of Michigan before his recent relocation at the University of Saskatchewan.  Throughout his career he directed and taught many courses including Clinical Pediatric Dentistry, Community Health and Nutrition, Endocrinology, Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering, Craniofacial Genetics, Human Development etc. to undergraduate, dental, medical, engineering students and PhDs, post-doctoral fellows, and residents. He served in University, National and International Professional Committees, organized International symposiums, served in review panels for many National agencies worldwide, edited books and chapters, and published over 50 peer-reviewed research papers. Petros strongly believes in quality mentoring of students and young faculty. He is an advocate of inter-disciplinary and global collaboration both at the educational and research levels. He enjoys music, swimming, traveling and being with family.

Silvana Papagerakis

I am an established clinician-scientist in the field of head and neck cancer with over 20 years of research success in basic, translational and clinical research within research intensive academic health settings. I hold a medical degree, a B.S. in Biomedical Sciences, a M.S., Ph.D., post-doc training, obtained with honors. I also hold a postgraduate training certificate in Epidemiology and Statistical Analysis in Clinical Research, a certificate in Medical Education Research from the Association of American Medical College, and a Certificate in Essential Skills for Successful Leadership. My expertise encompasses qualitative and quantitative patient oriented research, cancer epidemiology, survival, prevention and control, clinical trials, outcomes prediction, experimental models, and technology transfer. My unique matrix of competencies includes: ability to manage change and adapt, critical thinking and strategic planning, success in leadership, team building and developing relationships based on trust, mutual respect and appreciation of individual uniqueness and values, good stewardship and maximization of resources, success in managing budget and staff, and the ability to communicate, connect and collaborate. This matrix of competencies gives me a unique perspective of inter-professional and multidisciplinary education, mentoring and care delivery, and a deep understanding of the value of academic diversity.  As a member of the University Council, I will contribute my vision, expertise and commitment to academic excellence I successfully forged at my previous Institution, the University of Michigan from where I recently relocated, to enhance the academic mission of the University of Saskatchewan towards future success.  


Hyunjung Shin

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies in the College of Education. My research has focused on the impact of globalization on English as an additional language (EAL) education, linguistic and cultural diversity, and internationalization in higher education. I have a strong passion for connecting my research interests to service to the University of Saskatchewan community. To pursue my interest in better supporting minority students and faculty and internationalization activities of the University of Saskatchewan, I would like to serve the university council to further refine my knowledge and skills required for service at the university level. I believe my involvement in the university council as a pre-tenured, female minority faculty would contribute to further diversifying faculty representation in the council and having diverse voices represented at the council meetings. I am experienced in committee work both in and outside of the University of Saskatchewan: I have served Department of Curriculum Studies salary review committee, College of Education research identity committee, College of Education awards committee, UofS Interdisciplinary MA TESOL (Teaching English to the Speakers of Other Languages) program committee, and Saskatchewan Provincial committee on post-secondary EAL certificate.


Jaris Swidrovich

My name is Jaris Swidrovich and I am a Saulteaux First Nations man from Yellow Quill First Nation, a pharmacist, and a Lecturer in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition – and proud to be Canada’s first self-identified First Nations Doctor of Pharmacy. I left my previous position as a hospital pharmacist and came to the University of Saskatchewan to teach and inspire, and to be taught and inspired by the University community (staff, faculty, and students). I am well-versed in the areas of governance and representing the voices of large and diverse populations and am ambitious to be involved in these capacities on University Council.

More specifically, as the University continues to be involved in various aspects of Indigenous engagement and inclusion, I am confident I can bring forward critical considerations on behalf of not only Indigenous staff and faculty, but also represent newer faculty members, too. I am eager to bring my experience, enthusiasm, and sincere dedication to the University of Saskatchewan Council as a faculty member-at-large for the remainder of the 2016-2017 year and hopefully beyond. I kindly request your consideration in electing me into this important position.

Stephen Urquhart

I joined the Department of Chemistry in January 2000 and now serve as a full professor. I supervise undergraduate and graduate students and teach introductory and senior chemistry courses. My research focuses on applied and fundamental aspects of X-ray / matter interactions, combining fundamental studies with applied research. I consider it a matter of academic freedom that I can choose my areas of study, including research done in collaboration with industry.

I value service to my academic community, to my profession, and to our university. I am chair of the 14th International Conference on X-ray Microscopy, which will bring this international community to Saskatoon in August 2018. I am active in efforts bring self-regulation of the chemistry profession to Saskatchewan, through leadership in the Association of the Chemical Profession of Saskatchewan. Within our institution, I have served previously on the University Review Committee, University Council, and the Research, Scholarly and Artistic Work Committee of Council. I am committed to academic self-governance and to strengthening the role of Council through diligent focus on Council’s specific role within university governance.

Lee Wilson

I am a full-time faculty member (Associate Professor) in the Department of Chemistry since 2004. I teach a full course complement at the undergraduate and graduate level and have established an independent research program consisting of undergraduate/graduate students along with one PDF and Research Associate. My research addresses several signature areas at the University of Saskatchewan related to water security, agriculture, and sustainable materials/processes. More specifically, my research group has been developing biomaterials for a range of applications that include water treatment, carrier devices, drug delivery and environmental remediation. As part of my interests and career development at the University of Saskatchewan, I wish to participate in University Council to gain a greater understanding of various activities including University’s academic affairs. As a Metis scholar, I wish to contribute my views and input in a constructive way and to develop an improved understanding of ongoing developments at the U of S through participation in the University Council.