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Joffre Mercier

Joffre Mercier


Interim Vice-President Research, Brock University

Dr. A. Joffre Mercier is Interim Vice-President, Research and a Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University. He received BSc and MSc degrees in biology from McGill University and received a PhD in biology from the University of Calgary in 1984. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Iowa from 1984 to 1986 and at the University of Toronto from 1986 to 1989. Joffre began work as an Assistant Professor at Brock University in 1989 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 1994 and to Professor in 1999. Joffre's has served as Co-coordinator of the Program in Neuroscience, Director of the Centre for Neuroscience, Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, Interim Director of the Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute, Associate Dean and Interim Dean of the Faculty of Mathematics & Science and Associate Vice-President, Research. He has served on more than 20 committees and sub-committees at Brock University. Joffre’s scholarly research is in the area of neuroscience, and he served as President of the Southern Ontario Neuroscience Association from 2003 to 2004. He has published 53 articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals, 2 book chapters and over 100 conference proceedings, and he has presented 33 invited seminars and lectures on his scientific research. His research has been funded continuously by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) since 1990 and totals over $1M in grants. Joffre has served on 5 different grant selection panels for NSERC over 9 years. He has served as a peer reviewer for granting agencies in the United States and for 38 different scientific journals. He has collaborated with researchers in Canada, the USA, Germany, Australia and Thailand. He has supervised or co-supervised 15 graduate students and 77 undergraduate students, and he has taught 11 undergraduate courses and 7 graduate courses. He won awards as a student and postdoctoral fellow, including a Grass Fellowship in Neurophysiology in 1982, and he received the Faculty of Mathematics and Science Outstanding Teaching Award at Brock in 2014.

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